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Johnson, S. Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation. Penguin Group. 2011

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In his book, Johnson parallels technology development/innovation with biological evolution. The core idea of the book is that like evolution also innovation benefit from reinventing/reusing, sharing, openness, errors and randomness. Johnson presents both historical and more current examples of innovation … Continue reading

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Brown, T. Design Thinking. Harvard Business Review, June 2008.

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The article defines design thinking as ‘a methodology that imbues the full spectrum of innovation activities with a human-centered design ethos’. Human-centered is further defined as understanding (through observations) what people want, need, like and dislike about particular products. In … Continue reading

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Johnson, M.W., Christensen, C.M., Kagerman, H. Reinventing Your Business Model. Harvard Business Review, December 2008: 50-59.

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The article argues that radically new products usually need a new business models and that is why these game-changers rarely emerge from established businesses. As a result the authors suggest a three step process for companies to see past the … Continue reading

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Collins, J.C. & Porras, J. Building Your Company’s Vision. Harvard Business Review, September-October 1996: 65-77.

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The authors argue that companies that are able to be successful year after year have fixed core values and core purpose. The core capability is to understand what should never change and what should change continuously and act accordingly. Company’s … Continue reading

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Porter, M. The Five Competitive Forces That Shape Strategy. Harward Business Review, January 2008. pp 78-93.

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This Porter’s article is about industry analysis as part of strategy work. In the article Porter defines understanding and coping with competition as core task of the strategist. According to Porter, understanding competition means understanding five different competitive forces: direct … Continue reading

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Michael E. Porter. What is Strategy? Harvard Business Review (Nov-Dec 1996)

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Porter explains modern (from 1996 point of view) strategy with a light grip. He goes through different drawbacks in businesses using a few examples. Porter goes to great lengths showing how it is not enough for a company to optimize … Continue reading

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