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Innovation Management

Great article from Gary Hamel – Who’s Really innovative?

If you are interested in Innovation and how companies can be classified in terms of their innovation management approach, then this article from Gary Hamel is definitely worth reading.

My favorite quote is:

Fourth are the cyborgs, companies like Google, Amazon, and Apple that have been purpose-built to achieve super-human feats of innovation. You won’t find much industrial age DNA in these organizations. These companies have been built around principles like freedom, meritocracy, transparency, and experimentation. They are so endlessly inventive and strategically flexible they seem to have come from another solar system–one where accountants are treated as servants rather than gods.

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Consulting Software

McKinsey Survey: Enterprise Software

McKinsey in collaboration with the SandHill Group surveyed more than 850 corporate software buyers.

Innovation in the software industry is on the upswing, with Software as a Service (SaaS) being a key driver. The SaaS model is becoming mainstream and this has led to the rise of a new generation of SaaS platforms (also referred to in the industry as Platformas-a-Service – PaaS).

The results of the study are available for free as PDF.

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Innovation Internet related Management

Recommended article:The Google Enigma

The Google Enigma

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Management

Insight

Strategic thinking is essentially a substitute for having clear connections between the positions we take and their economic outcomes.Strategic thinking helps us take positions in a world that is confusing and uncertain. You can’t get rid of ambiguity and uncertainty—they are the flip side of opportunity. If you want certainty and clarity, wait for others to take a position and see how they do. Then you’ll know what works, but it will be too late to profit from the knowledge.

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Management

Currently reading: Mavericks at Work

Recommendation for this week.

Mavericks at Work

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Consulting Management

McK Wissen – Alle Artikel zum freien Download


Mck Wissen

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Management

Harvard Business Review McKinsey Award winners 2006

Go to Harvard Business Review and download the two winning articles free of charge through April 24.

Winners 2006: The 48th Annual McKinsey Awards: Recognizing Excellence in Management Thinking
Longtime readers of Harvard Business Review will know that the McKinsey Awards, now in their 48th year, recognize the articles most likely to have a lasting influence on management. Every year, a panel of judges—distinguished leaders from business, the nonprofit sector, and the academy—select the two best articles out of a field of around 90.

Harvard Business Review is pleased to announce that Michael E. Porter and Mark R. Kramer, the coauthors of “Strategy and Society: The Link Between Competitive Advantage and Corporate Social Responsibility,� have won the first-place 2006 McKinsey Award. Gary Hamel, the author of “The Why, What, and How of Management Innovation,� is the second-place winner.

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Consulting Management

Branding Strategy Xbox360: Less Hulk, More Bruce Lee

Less Hulk, More Bruce Lee – Michael Jager – JDK Design – Microsoft Xbox 360

Microsoft had invited three brand designers to Redmond, Washington, in 2004 to present a new identity for the upcoming Xbox 360

Landor, the incumbent, was an obvious choice as it had created the packaging for Windows and attained legendary marketing status for transforming Federal Express into FedEx, including the slogan “The world on time” and the masterpiece logo. Turner Duckworth, out of London and San Francisco, authors of the Amazon.com identity (with its “logo that smiles from A to Z”) was also a contender. And then there was David: JDK Design.

First up was Michael Jager, JDK’s creative director. Standing before the tribunal, Jager (pronounced like the Rolling Stone) illustrated his vision through a combination of street theater, design psychology, and cultural fluency. Comparing the original Xbox with the Incredible Hulk, Jager used a razor to slash an X in a sheet of paper and then thrust his head through the hole. “X today is all AARGGHHH!” he bellowed. Pure aggressive power.

Jager acknowledged power as a critical component separating Xbox from its competitors but urged the company to see it–and express it– differently. “Our approach was to transition Xbox from this hulk of escaping power into this quiet power that is lurking, something still incredibly dangerous but with more of an elegance and grace,” he recalls. “The analogy we used was Bruce Lee.”

Indeed, Jager’s illustrative shorthand became a mantra for the 360 team as it created the look and feel of the new system. “Whenever we evaluated our work in terms of guiding our decisions for Xbox 360,” Hall says, “it was like, ‘This is too Hulk’ or ‘We need more Bruce Lee.'”

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Management

Article: The Attention Economy

Attention Economy Concept

The Attention Economy: An Overview

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Management

Howto: Zur Kultmarke ohne Werbeausgaben

Kultmarke wider Willen – SPIEGEL ONLINE