June 2006 Archives

Managing Innovation: Emerging Trends, Spring 2005


Course readings.

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Introduction and Overview

von Hippel, Eric. Chapters 2 and 3 in Democratizing Innovation.


Many Users Innovate: Maybe Even You!

von Hippel, Eric. Chapters 2 and 3 in Democratizing Innovation.


Innovate or Buy? Each User has a Low-cost Innovation Niche

von Hippel, Eric. Chapters 4 and 5 in Democratizing Innovation.


Dr. Nat Sims, Medical User-Innovator


How Open Source Software Works

Raymond, Eric. The Cathedral and the Bazaar. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly Press, 1999, pp. 27-78. ISBN: 0596001088. (The chapters in this book are not numbered - but the one assigned here is entitled "The Cathedral and the Bazaar.")"Why Hackers Do What They Do: Understanding Effort and Motivation in Open Source Projects." (PDF)


User Innovation Communities

von Hippel, Eric. Chapter 7 in Democratizing Innovation.Mollick, E. "Innovations from the Underground: Towards a Theory of Parasitic Innovation." Master's Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004.


Why Users Often Freely Reveal Their Innovations

von Hippel, Eric. Chapter 6 in Democratizing Innovation.von Hippel, Eric. "Cooperation Between Rivals: Informal Know-How Trading." Research Policy (1987): 291-302.


How Can Manufacturers Make Money if Users are the Innovators?

von Hippel, Eric. Chapters 8 and 9 in Democratizing Innovation.Raymond, Eric. The Cathedral and the Bazaar. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly Press, 1999, pp. 137-193. ISBN: 0596001088. (The chapters in this book are not numbered - but the one assigned here is entitled "The Magic Cauldron.")


Finding Lead User Innovations and Giving Customers Toolkits

von Hippel, Eric. Chapters 10 and 11 in Democratizing Innovation.


How Manufacturers Can Benefit from Distributed Innovation: The Story of InnoCentive

Please go to the Web site Innocentive to browse. Learn about what the firm does, what its business model is, and read case examples.


Design and Manufacture of "Mass Customized" Products

Zipkin, Paul. "The Limits of Mass Customization." Sloan Management Review 42, no. 3 (Spring 2001): 81-87.Thomke, Stefan, and Eric von Hippel. "Customers as Innovators: A New Way to Create Value." Harvard Business Review 80, no. 4 (April 2002): 74-81.


Resistance to Innovation is the Norm: Things will Change - But Slowly, If Incumbents have a Choice!

Morrison, Elting. "Gunfire at Sea." Chapter 2 in Men, Machines and Modern Times. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN: 0262630184.Henderson, Rebecca M., and Kim B. Clark. "Architectural Innovation: The Reconfiguration of Existing Product Technologies and the Failure of Established Firms." Administrative Science Quarterly 35, (1990): 9-30.

Simon Guest is a Group Program Manager in the Architecture Strategy team at Microsoft.  He has written a great post on his blog, simon, says on how to implement GTD in Outlook 2007.  Since I use ClearContext there are a number of requirements that are met by that product, but overall Simon has delivered a really thoughtful analysis of his requirements and details on how to implement them in Outlook 2007:

�Last week, I made the switch from Office 2003 to Office 2007 Beta 2.  Prior to the upgrade I was organizing my �stuff to do�� using David Allen��s Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology and using the NetCentrics GTD Add In for Outlook.  Unfortunately, as I discovered after the upgrade was complete, the NetCentrics GTD Add In is not yet compatible with Outlook 2007.  They have plans to release an upgrade, but closer to RTM. 

My Requirements

Not wanting to revert back to Outlook 2003, yet still wanting to implement GTD style functions in Outlook, I wanted to see whether I could implement a system that takes advantage of some of the new features in Outlook 2007 (such as the improved categorization for items) without requiring any custom Add-Ins for Outlook.

To start, I drew up a list of ten requirements I needed for implementing GTD using Outlook:

1.       File Email.  I want to set a project (e.g. TechEd) for an Email and then file it to a searchable folder.

2.       Create Task from Email.  I want to set a project and action for an Email (e.g. TechEd, @Office) and then convert the Email to a task item.

3.       Filter Filed Email and Tasks.  I want to filter my filed emails and tasks, both on project and action as applicable.

4.       Create Waiting For Tasks.  I want to create a �Waiting For�� task when I send or reply to an Email that delegates an action to someone else.

5.       Create Tasks from Any Machine.  I want a quick way of assigning new tasks from any machine, and ideally any Email account.  (For example, sending myself a task from my Pocket PC Phone when I��m on the road)

6.       Sync with PDA.  I want all my tasks to synchronize with my Pocket PC �� and with the ability to filter on both project and action.

7.       Works with the Command Line.  I want to implement a system that also supports my command line add-in from an earlier post.

8.       Supports Keyboard Shortcuts.  I want to use keyboard shortcuts for everything above.  I need a rapid fire way of going through my Email box without using the mouse.

9.       Leverages New Features in Outlook 2007.  I��d like to leverage the new features of Outlook 2007 (e.g. the ToDo bar) if possible.

10.   No Add Ins.  I want to avoid a COM Add In, although rules and VBA macros are OK.��

This is a good article about how to take an innovation idea forward and the challenges of implementation. 


The image of the creative, inspired entrepreneur who sees the future in a different way and develops a breakthrough idea is deeply embedded in business culture. But coming up with the killer idea is only one small part of the battle, according to Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble, authors of the new book, 10 Rules for Strategic Innovators. Where most companies fail at innovation, they contend, is in the area of execution, not idea generation. [Innovation Weblog]

I am struggling through an install of the Microsoft Office System and I learned that I could post from Word, so I am trying it out. Joe Friend��s blog is a great help. He has written about lots of new features. Ok, so let��s see if this works.

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