Invited speakers were invited to present at the 4th Symposium of the 21st-Century Center of Excellence Program at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. David Ing led with a presentation on "Service Science, Management and Engineering: Overview and Perspective", on behalf of IBM Americas Group.
Marja Toivonen spoke on the "Collaboration of Industry, Academia and Government for Promoting Services Research in Finland".
Jim Kijima described a "New Service Innovation Educational Program at Tokyo Tech".
Hiroshi Deguchi outlined "Service Sciences, Management and Engineering: Its Research Domain and My Research Map".
These formal proceedings marked the launch of a new educational program for master's engineering students at Tokyo Tech.
Submitted by daviding on Sat, 2008-08-02 02:10.
To give us a different perspective on innovation, David Hawk arranged for us to meet Eric Hoffman at the University of Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging. This is one of the leading research labs of its type in the world, with close relationships with industry. On the tour of the medical center, we saw an MRI machine that will soon be replaced by a newer model.
In working hand-on with the equipment, the engineers and technicians have devised some tools with improved flexibility.
Submitted by daviding on Sat, 2008-06-21 01:33.
Taking advantage of the proximity of the Rendez research team in the New York area, we scheduled a briefing at the Industry Solutions Lab at IBM Research in Hawthorne, NY. With weather slowing down some of the travellers to the meeting, we started with a tour of the demonstration floor.
Information technologies and multimedia technologies are converging, as in these demonstrations on video surveillance.
Submitted by daviding on Thu, 2008-06-19 04:10.
One of the advisors to the Rendez project, David Hawk, hosted the Rendez team for a research meeting at the School of Management of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Minna sketched out a summary on two whiteboards. On the left was Views to Implementation.
On the right whiteboard were ideas on Exploration, Implementation and Dissemination.
Winter weather was discouraging in New Jersey. The opportunity to freely discuss research ideas was helpful in advancing and verifying our ideas on innovation.
Submitted by daviding on Thu, 2008-06-19 03:32.
The Business Week in collaboration with Boston Consulting Company has announced results for the 50 most innovative companies. "In a climate when innovation efforts and research and development budgets are likely to see more scrutiny than ever, our 2008 list of the World's Most Innovative Companies adds three financial measures to the mix to determine the rankings."
And the TOP 10 are
3 Toyota Motor
4 General Motors
6 Tata Group
8 Procter & Gamble
Submitted by mitakala on Fri, 2008-04-18 21:20.
In August 2007, after the ISSS meeting at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Rendez team convened a generative conversation on innovation. A digest of the talk is available. Each of the researchers shared experiences and perspectives on innovation.
Kazuyoshi Hidaka from the IBM Tokyo Research Lab discussed services science, management and engineering (SSME).
Yoshi Horiuchi discussed generative conversations. Fumio Kodama reviewed the background on demand articulation. Gary Metcalf spoke about management development.
Submitted by daviding on Fri, 2008-04-11 22:59.
Since one part of the Rendez -projet has been trying out new social media, here is yet an other experiment. I have started using Flock as my private browser, since it provides an excellent access to social media sites: Facebook, Flickr, del.icio.us and YouTube as well as good service with blogs with RSS feeds.
Now I'm trying to use Flock for posting a blog message to Rendez.
With my favorite picture of wiki collaboration. Sometimes innovation relates to ways of working, and working with David Ing, he has introduced me some very interesting and practical web.2.0 technologies, before I even knew what they were called.
This picture appeared twice to me during the last week. First I saw it Anthony Williams (New Paradigm) presentation at Nokia House, them is IBM's Social Media evangelist Luis Suarez's elsua-blog, who trying to get rid of his work related e-mails by using other social computing media. Blogged with the Flock Browser
Submitted by mitakala on Wed, 2008-04-09 18:19.
Business Week has launched a Global Innovation Index, which is made up of 25 of the most innovative public companies around the globe, based on The Most Innovative Companies rankings, an annual survey prepared by BusinessWeek in partnership with Boston Consulting Group. The Innovation Index is calculated at the end of each trading day, and the results are posted online the next morning.
Last year results of the Most Innovative Companies rankings were published in May. Interesting too see, how the list has evolved.
Submitted by mitakala on Tue, 2008-04-08 19:32.
Cisco has an interesting innovation competition on-going - I-Price.
Cisco's CEO is inviting all interested people to participate their innovation competition.
The winning team has an opportunity to be hired by Cisco, and get funding for their new business idea.
Cisco will be investing ~ $ 10 over three years to develop, staff and go to market with the selected idea.
There were over 1 000 ideas suggested in the first stage.
Cisco's innovation blog keeps people posted how competition proceeds.
Good example of crowdsourcing.
Submitted by mitakala on Mon, 2008-03-31 20:14.
The March 2008 issue of Fast Company published their list of the most innovative companies.
Among the TOP 10 were
It will be interetsting to see shortly how the next Business Week innovation list for the year 2007 will look like.
Submitted by mitakala on Thu, 2008-03-13 08:26.
At the MIT Sloan Management Review, there will free access to the Business Insight Series for about another month.
This is a promotion co-sponsored by IBM and the Wall Street Journal, providing open access for a limited period of time. MIT Sloan Management Review is normally accessible only by subscription.
There's two ideas that readers might consider:
- Firstly, about content: there's some interesting articles on innovation that are worth reading, if not citing.
- Secondly, about business model: what does it mean to a publication that normally relies on a subscription model to get a sponsorship from third parties. Is this a case where intellectual capital is exploited positively, rather than just withering away behind locked doors?
Submitted by daviding on Fri, 2007-09-28 16:10.