Innovation adoption in the technology lifecycle for Energy Translation

Paul Hobcraft

The economics of powering the energy system with renewables has got to the point where there is real competitiveness. Building the systems enabling framework. Source: World Economic Forum.

The 5 Ways Chairman Lampert Destroyed Sears’ Value

Adam Hartung

The brand is now so tarnished that Sears Holdings is writing down the value of the Sears name by another $200million – reducing intangible value from the $4B at origination in 2004 to under $2B. In 2004 Sears had a LOT of assets. Additionally, Sears had great brands in 2004.

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The Best Tools For Low Risk Innovation


For a company which was on the brink of bankruptcy in 2004, the toy maker has made an amazing turnaround. When LEGO restructured and returned to their core business to climb out of a $300 million loss in 2004, they realized innovation as usual was not an option.

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71 Innovation Methodologies

Open Innovation EU

Design Competitions. Focus stage: Growth Published: 2004 more…. Focus stage: Early-stage Published: 2004 more…. A while ago I sat down with Machiel Wetselaar & David van Dinther to create a list of innovation methodologies for a course we’re developing.

What do Blue Lobsters Have to do With Innovation? Everything!


Blue Lobster at the South Bristol Coop , 2004. Because the key to innovation isn’t processes, stage gates, weird exercises, or competitions. What’s with blue lobsters? Well, a blue lobster is rare, about 1 in 2 million , and very beautiful.

Innovate or Die: Open Innovation and 4 Key Measures to Stay Alive

Innovation Walk

Traditional companies have also started to deal with a new competition since the entry of fast-emerging businesses referred to as “startups“. in 2004 to 8.3% This is a fascinating time to be alive. Technology is rewriting the rules of humanity.

Top 9 Actionable Employee Engagement Ideas and Activities


In today’s competitive business world employee engagement is an essential element in creating a positive work culture and a productive workforce. Disengaged employees can cause both financial and competitive drain on the organizations.

Innovation Management: Importance, Ideas, and Examples


Building a culture of innovation that drives productive and sustainable innovation practices can spark more ideas from within your workforce helping organizations remain competitive & stay ahead in the long haul.

Crowdsourcing Case Study: Polaris Industries

Planview Spigit

When the program started back in 2004, the goal was to bring employees from all over the company together to present game-changing ideas, solve business challenges, and introduce exciting new offerings to market. By crowdsourcing innovation with Spigit, Polaris achieved an 80% reduction in time needed to analyze, graduate, and implement new ideas and inventions, changing their R&D process and time to market dramatically, a distinct competitive advantage in a crowded vehicle market.

On the Origin of Companies

David Marks

The Natural monopoly axis measures the degree of which a company is shielded from competition. New technologies, competitors, regulations and social trends have a nasty habit of diminishing competitive advantages so laboriously accumulated.

A brief history of work, innovation and skills in the UK


1880s and 1890s – Efforts to raise productivity A growing concern about the standard of Britain’s labour force, particularly when compared with Germany and the other industrial nations, led to a rise in an emphasis on training to increase productivity and competitiveness.

Business model creation and innovation in China: not just copycats.

The BMI Lab Blog

A year later, in 2004, it occupied over 50% of the market, displacing eBay to the second position. eBay’s Chinese brand could not subsidize competition with Taobao, as long as the global headquarters demanded numbers and profits every year.


Think Your Company’s Pursuit of Innovation has Run its Course? Think Again…


But it’s this mindset which must change in order for companies to maintain a competitive edge and fight disruption. This report from Sandroni & Squintani (2004) summarizes decades-worth of psychological research which confirms our innate predisposition towards overconfidence.

Organizational Pathways to Business Model Innovation

Integrative Innovation

Can the venture sizeably leverage existing firm assets and capabilities to gain competitive advantage? A useful taxonomy for addressing this issue has resulted from research by Costas Markides and Costas Charitou (2004).

LEGO Boost: Continuing to Renew & Extend the Core

Michael Roberto

First, companies find themselves extending into areas in which they do not have distinctive capabilities that can lead to competitive advantage. Top performing firms search for ways to deepen their competitive position, to reinvigorate their core business. Jargon Vig Knudstorp became CEO in 2004, and he engineered a remarkable turnaround. Moreover, the firm has deepened its competitive position with new product offerings and brand building efforts such as the LEGO movie.

How to lead intrapreneurship and innovation

The Future Shapers

In 2004, about 90% of US households had a wired landline for telephone service. Cultural transformation is ultimately a competitive process yielding winners and losers. I am currently working on the establishment of a green and sustainable intrapreneurship accelerator.

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What is design thinking and how can it help you innovate?


Simply put, design thinking is an action-oriented and solution-focused methodology used to solve complex problems, such as those faced by organizations in a highly competitive and rapidly changing environment.

Think Your Company’s Pursuit of Innovation has Run its Course? Think Again…


But it’s this mindset which must change in order for companies to maintain a competitive edge and fight disruption. This report from Sandroni & Squintani (2004) summarizes decades-worth of psychological research which confirms our innate predisposition towards overconfidence.

Innovation – Why Bezos Succeeded, While Lampert Failed at Sears

Adam Hartung

By November, 2004 the stock has risen to $90. He should have sold outdated brands under intense competitive pressure, such as Kenmore, to a segment supplier like Best Buy. It happened a lot faster than anyone would have imagined in 2003 or 2004.

Innovation in the Era of COVID-19

Innovation Excellence

The Pope was quite enraged by this suggestion and announced a competition to find someone who could develop and execute a plan to move Cleopatra’s Needle. John Reader, Cities (London: William Heinemann Random House, 2004).

How Telltales Told You Not to Own Wal-Mart, and Continue To Do So

Adam Hartung

In 2004 Sears bought K-Mart, and the stock was $40. Wal-Mart market value took a huge drop on Wednesday. In fact, the worst valuation decline in its history. That decline continued on Thursday. Since the beginning of 2015 Wal-Mart has lost 1/3 of its value. That is an enormous ouch.

When innovation led to a reversal of fortunes


Apple has refashioned consumer experience with its iconic branding, stylish design and a diverse product range, its own retail stores, and important partnerships with the competition. The term innovation has been much bandied about this decade.