Design thinking is often defined as an inquiry-based approach to solving complex problems, encouraging divergent thinking, spontaneity and creativity. Often applied in the business world to inspire the development of new products and strategies, design thinking has become increasingly popular in the education field. IDEO, perhaps the world’s most renowned design-thinking consultancy, has a division dedicated to helping school leaders and reformers.
In an industry of closely guarded business strategies and technical development, it is relatively rare for two automakers, especially mainstream ones like GM and Ford, to collaborate. But the two have a technical track record, most recently around a pair of fuel-saving transmissions, and often walk in lockstep around major community projects and charitable giving in metropolitan Detroit.
Universities are renowned as being the hub of many great individuals conducting ground-breaking research, with innovation acting as the driving force behind many of these institutions. Reuters has recently released it’s 2017 edition of the world’s most innovative universities, ranking a considerable number of US universities at the top end of the table, with a total of 51 of the 100 uni
China has stepped up efforts to work with American businesses in a bid to acquire advanced technology, part of a drive to become a leading technology-innovation power. “China is pushing to further deepen technology collaboration with U.S. business and academic institutions as part of a national effort to transform its economy, including by putting China at the leading edge of global technological innovation...
Sales and marketing were once disciplines ruled by emotions. But somewhere along the way, we recognized that they were based on definable pipelines and applied technology to manage those pipelines. Today you can put a corporate dashboard in place to manage them and tweak the settings to try to boost your results. What if we applied the same thinking to innovation?
If creative work is so important, why is there such a lack of creativity? In large part, creativity suffers when we are too busy multi-tasking. The “culture of busy” hinders our ability to come up with fresh, innovative ideas. When you’re busy being busy, there’s no room for creativity; in business, that translates to less innovation.
A close China watcher said here Tuesday that if China keeps its current pace in innovative industrial development, the innovative activity share in its total output will likely surpass that of the United States in about 18 months. Daniel Rosen, founding partner of Rhodium Group, said at a forum at Asia Society that in the second quarter of 2012, innovation accounted for 30 percent of total Chinese output, while today the share has come up to around 34 percent.
Lately, some people have been blaming the new giants, like Facebook, for killing innovation. Some stories, like this one in the Washington Post, say Facebook’s practice of rapidly copying rival app’s features creates a disincentive for investors and companies to develop new features Facebook might copy.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry and the nominee to head the Energy Department’s electricity office both see potential for U.S. national lab-engineered electricity innovations to rebuild Puerto Rico’s hurricane-shattered grid. The U.S. territory could be a testing ground for new electricity-delivery technologies from the national laboratories, Energy nominee Bruce Walker told Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee members Sept. 26.
The United States is now the second-most competitive economy in the world, climbing to an eight-year high in global rankings, according to an analysis published Tuesday by the World Economic Forum. The latest edition of the Global Competitiveness Report, an annual ranking of 137 economies based on data from international financial institutions, moved the United States up from the No.