Posts Tagged ‘ innovation ’

Advanced manufacturing and innovation save Northeast Ohio

October 8, 2014
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Advanced manufacturing and innovation save Northeast Ohio

Manufacturing saves northeast Ohio from the devastating unemployment statistics of the recent recession.  This region that traditionally depended upon manufacturing is reinventing itself through innovation in advanced manufacturing techniques.  It contributes over 17% to the total gross product for the state, with healthcare trailing at 11%.  Steady employment increases are linked to successful regional efforts…

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Impending dematurity―indicators and implications

October 8, 2014
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Impending dematurity―indicators and implications

Author John Sviokla makes a case for changing how companies look at value creation.  He demonstrates through a series of examples how established industries morph their core capabilities through responses to dematurity, which is the adoption of many small innovations in a short period of time by multiple companies.  Companies that control and adapt to…

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Lovejoy couplings―models into products meeting customer needs

October 8, 2014
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Lovejoy couplings―models into products meeting customer needs

In mature industries, companies still innovate.  In this video clip, the importance of meeting customer expectations and needs is vital to Lovejoy’s continuing success.  It designs prototype products, according to customer requests, with an emphasis on efficient models.  Using their own proprietary CAD models, they combine new features that enhance older models, thus permitting them…

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Electric motorcycles―innovation and the life cycle

August 4, 2014
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Electric motorcycles―innovation and the life cycle

Harley- Davidson is testing the market for electric motorcycles.  The concept is not new, but Harley-Davidson believes the time may be right for them to enter the market with a premium branded model.  Through a year-long marketing campaign involving eventual customers, the company is taking its grass-roots project on the road under the label, “project…

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Apple’s Acquisition Strategy

August 4, 2014
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Apple’s Acquisition Strategy

For the past twenty years, Apple has grown its revenue powerhouse with hardware and software offers through acquisition of relevant businesses.  This approach permits them to expand without having to invent everything themselves.  As it observes competitors, it identifies new markets and buys companies already in the business niche.  The latest purchases include Swell, Beats…

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R&D innovation at Pepsico

May 10, 2014
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R&D innovation at Pepsico

As one of the world leaders in food products, Pepsico relies on its R&D department to innovate products that respond to changing customer tastes and habits. Dr. Mehmood Khan, chief scientific officer at Pepsico, discusses the strategy used in his lab to meet these objectives.  Pepsico operates in over 200 countries and has dozens of…

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Sustainability and the business model

April 8, 2014
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Sustainability and the business model

A certified B Corporation, Sustainability describes itself as “a think tank and strategic advisory firm, working to catalyze business leadership on sustainability.”  Begun in 1987, the company now has offices in Washington, DC, London, San Francisco, New York, and New Delhi. In this sixty two page report, authors Lindsay Clinton and Ryan Whisnant explore business model innovation as…

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Innovation in recycling

March 12, 2014
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Innovation in recycling

Recycling is important in Finland.  As a member of the EU, it is required by the End of Life Vehicle Directive to recycle at least 85% of all vehicles that no longer are road-worthy and 95% by 2015.  At least 85% of each car must be repurposed. After reusable items are removed from the vehicle,…

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Tractor innovation changes the agricultural competitive landscape

October 1, 2013
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Tractor innovation changes the agricultural competitive landscape

Out of necessity, John Deere recognized an opportunity to invent a new tool for tilling prairie land that would improve productivity and therefore sales for his company.  The new design brought sales, but it also opened the doors to new customers who were more accessible by river transportation.  Deere moved his operation in 1847 to…

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Washington Post under Bezos’ tutelage

September 1, 2013
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Washington Post under Bezos’ tutelage

Jeffrey Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, agreed in August to purchase the Washington Post newspaper from the Graham family, which had owned the paper since 1933. In early September, Bezos met with the newsroom employees for two days to discuss the business and editorial plans he has for the company, once the deal closes…

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