Five Product Innovations that Evolved Over Time


The product innovations that generate the most excitement and public interest are the disruptive innovations. However, these innovations aren’t that common. The most successful, innovative companies strike a balance between core, adjacent, and transformational initiatives. To illustrate how this can happen, it’s helpful to look at innovations that evolved over time. Some product innovations aren’t created by the company at all.

L'affaire Lichtenthaler still not over

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One is for an accepted article published online a year ago (5 June 2012), but not yet in print. The Wiley website says : The above article from Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, “Technological turbulence and the impact of exploration and exploitation within and across organizations on product development performance,” by Ulrich Lichtenthaler, published online on April 2012 in Wiley Online Library, DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6520.2012.00520.x, Conley, Nils Omland (2012).


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Two years later, Lichtenthaler count stands at 16

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Just after posting the 14th and 15th retractions of Ulrich Lichtenthaler — in Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice — I received emails from two faithful readers pointing to his 16th retraction, in the Journal of Engineering and Technology Management (JET-M). The article was published in the April-June 2012 issue of JET-M. At the end of 2012, I summarized the first calendar year of retractions of Licthenthaler articles, when the retraction count stood at 8 articles.

11 Paradoxes of Entrepreneurial Thinking: why entrepreneurship can hardly be taught

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And for that reason it has become an integral criteria in many prescriptive regulations for (higher) education and in increasing numbers also explicitly and implicitly part of curricula (Saavedra & Opfer, 2012). The entrepreneur is an innovator and disturbs the economy (De Jong & Marsili, 2010; Schumpeter, 1934). From a more psychological perspective, the same difference is described as a growth mindset (effectuation) versus a fixed mindset (causation) (Dweck, 2012).

Typology for Innovative Organizations

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To my opinion, Mintzberg’s work was a refreshing change to the world of organization design that until then has been largely influenced by Taylor’s Scientific Management Approach and Henry Ford’s efficiency-based adaptation of that. In fact, building blocks as ‘middle management’ might only still exist on paper today. It enhances productivity. But times are changing and organizations are emerging, scaling and managed completely differently.

R&D Management: Let's Reward Fraud, Not Punish It

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For the past month or so, I have been getting reminders of a new publication on open innovation in R&D Management. This month, it was perhaps the last hurrah of the discredited , fired ex-academic whose who will be remembered in innovation studies as the greatest fraud of the early 21st century. Lichtenthaler wrote: … In this regard, inbound open innovation has attracted substantially more attention by researchers than outbound open innovation (West and Bogers, 2014).

Themes for the practice of open innovation

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Like my OI collaborators Henry Chesbrough & Wim Vanhaverbeke, I get a lot of emails (and receive many Google News updates) on businesses and consultants touting some claimed breakthrough on open innovation. I first met Cheryl in 2007 — when I was hired to train Kimberly-Clark execs on open innovation — and in 2012 Cheryl invited me to present my research at CoDev2012 when it was in San Diego. New Frontiers in Open Innovation, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.