Monthly Archives: January 2013

Competition in the MOOC-sphere

January 14, 2013
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Competition in the MOOC-sphere

This past fall, I audited Chuck Eesley’s Stanford Venture Lab MOOC course, “Technology Entrepreneurship.”  With more than 34,500 students listed in the system, the experience provided an interesting view of what works in this MOOC environment.  In the LinkedIn dedicated group, one of the students asked about the kind of competitive relationship that exists among…

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Disruptive innovation brings on innovative solution strategy

January 14, 2013
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Disruptive innovation brings on innovative solution strategy

On December 31, 2012 the last print edition of Newsweek magazine hit the newsstands.  A print publication for nearly eighty years, Newsweek was sold in 2010 to Barry Diller’s online advertising and media giant, IAC (Interactive Corp), and its online offer, The Daily Beast. Tina Brown became editor of both the Daily Beast and the…

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January classroom activities―innovation & competitiveness

January 14, 2013
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January classroom activities―innovation & competitiveness

Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Choose two of the countries listed in the WEF Global Competiveness Index 2012-13 and the Global Innovation Index 2012 studies presented in this month’s research section.  Compare and contrast the data provided and conclusions made.  What does this information suggest…

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Global Innovation Index 2012

January 14, 2013
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Global Innovation Index 2012

Innovation drives company, country and regional success.  In this twenty minute clip of the Global Innovation Index 2013, co-producers INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization explain the findings and recent changes that have improved the information gleaned from the study.  Now in its fifth year, the study investigates the integration of innovation into country…

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Creating on-line instructional guides

January 14, 2013
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Creating on-line instructional guides

Virtual learning documents that include photos and videos now can be created using iPhones, iPads, and iTouch devices and then posted to the Internet or shared with other users.  The downloadable Snapguide iOS app walks the user through the creation and uploading process.  The online weblink for the finished product can be embedded in websites. …

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Online news sourcing

January 14, 2013
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Online news sourcing

Finding credible news stories can be time consuming.  One of the latest in the online news aggregation search sites is ScoopWeb.  The search engine is easy to use and claims that it is providing materials from over 500 reputable sources, including mainstream sources such as BBC, Reuters, Bloomberg, and regional newspapers such as the LA Times.  Search…

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Intellectual Property filings on the rise

January 14, 2013
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Intellectual Property filings on the rise

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published its findings for 2011.  While global total filings are increasing (2.13 million patents/ 4.2 million trademarks), China now files the most patent and trademark applications in the world.  France is responsible for the largest number of repeat patents being filed for the same technology in different parts of…

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Global Innovation― Global Innovation Index 2012

January 14, 2013
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Global Innovation― Global Innovation Index 2012

The INSEAD-World Intellectual Property Organization co-published study of 141 countries consists of 84 indicators that differentiate the countries regarding innovation.  Keeping R&D investment steady across the years appears to result in higher innovation than does merely investing in innovation during crises.  The study finds strong support for public-private partnerships driving innovation. It also supports the…

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Competitiveness & Innovation―The WEF Global Competiveness Index 2012-13

January 14, 2013
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Competitiveness & Innovation―The WEF Global Competiveness Index 2012-13

The World Economic Forum produces the Global Competitiveness Index which, since 2005, measures national competitiveness in terms of microeconomic and macroeconomic factors.  Competitiveness is defined as “the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity of a country.”  The more competitive the economy, the more likely it is to sustain growth. …

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AkzoNobel on innovation–“tomorrow’s answers today”

January 14, 2013
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AkzoNobel on innovation–“tomorrow’s answers today”

Will Beacham, Deputy Editor and London Bureau Chief for the weekly industry title ICIS Chemical Business, discusses AkzoNobel’s innovation strategy with CEO, Hans Wijers, and CIO, Graeme Armstrong.  They evoke the three long term trends that underlie the AkzoNobel strategy: demographics, globalization, and sustainability.  Looking to benefit both society in general and its customers in…

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