The outcome of any open innovation project rests on both the quality and quantity of participants you can encourage to engage with the project. Earlier this autumn I outlined some of the main motivating factors behind participation in open innovation
Steve Jobs was famous for taking a stand against traditional market research, telling us, “People don’t know what they want until you show it to them. That’s why I never rely on market research.”
A friend of mine just started a new job, and me being me, I advised him to ask about their social media policies. In this day and age, we can assume there is bound to be one and it’s important not to make any mistakes with that.
The sharing economy (aka peer to peer or collaborative economy) has rightly received an awful lot of attention over the past year, as a growing number of industries have been disrupted by new ventures have emerged that rock the status quo.
Crowdsourcing and open innovation are without doubt hugely popular concepts. The philosophy is a simple one summed up best by Sun co-founder Bill Joy when he said that whoever you work for, there will be more smart people outside than inside your organisation.
Today we published a report with Principal Analyst Angela Ashenden’s view on what we expect to see over the next 12 months in terms of Collaboration adoption and practice, as well as technology and supplier trends.
Over the last few years there has been considerable attention given to how cities will evolve over the coming years. Much of this has been led by companies such as IBM and Cisco who have been pioneering the use of smart sensors and other such devices to help urban planners and policy makers mould cities that are flexible and adaptive.
A social enterprise refers to a business that is involved in a wide range of tasks such as selling goods, delivering services, and engaging in a form of trading. It needs to be set up in such a way that will enable it to meet social objectives such as offering training, supporting employment of providing care services.
is one of those things that is the top of hitlist of things managers
want more of in their company. What if you could get your team being
more creative simply by employing a bit of psychological tomfoolery?
Sounds to good to be true,...
Just when we thought social media might kill off email, the world is evolving email instead. Should it really be a surprise? Email is the one ubiquitous platform on our planet, used by our grandparents, our children, and every current and former coworker.
The kind of behaviours and philosophies that sit behind social business are alien to many organisations that were built upon the kind of Taylorist command and control structures that have dominated corporate life for the last century. So in order to become a truly social business will require a sizable cultural shift for many.
Yes, it’s that time. You knew it as soon as you heard Bing Crosby crooning White Christmas at the grocery store. No, we’re not talking about Christmas…we’re talking about the time of the year for every yoyo with an opinion to predict what will happen in the coming year.
I wrote yesterday about the rising use of games for delivering social good, be that via increased awareness or via improving scientific understanding. Such games have gained a lot of the attention in the past year, but the field of citizen science has a long back story.
Now that we all have the tools, what shall we do with them? How can we use them to change the way we work? And even if we see the use cases and want to change our ways of working, how do our work environments encourage and enable us to do this?
Social business is undoubtedly a popular topic, and it’s probably a good indicator that it’s reaching the mainstream when professional bodies start taking notice.
We’ve heard it time and time again: according to the Corporate Executive Board (CEB) almost 60% of the buyer journey is complete before prospects reach out to vendors.
The use of games and gamification for scientifically worthwhile endeavours has been on the rise over the past 12 months, with games developed to help improve our understanding of neurology or the genome. Most of these games take a format whereby players are asked to complete certain tasks, which in turn go into furthering our knowledge and understanding of a field.
How important are employee surveys for a business? Believe it or not, they’re vital because they can make your team more productive, more customer-focused, and incredibly more committed to their job.
The possibilities in the field of mobile healthcare seem enormous. In the UK at least, much of community health is delivered in a labour intensive way, with professionals either going out to households or patients coming into GP surgeries.
Learn how to motivate social media employees in creative ways.
Harvard Business Review featured an article recently highlighting research conducted by Ethan Bernstein that explored the role observation played in employee productivity.
In our August 2013 analysis of TIBCO’s social collaboration capabilities, one of the areas we highlighted was the weak support in its enterprise social networking platform, tibbr, for more structured document- centric and task-based scenarios.
The journey towards social business typically involves a significant shift in how an organisation, and of course its employees, behave. Thus the role of so called transformative leadership has come in for significant scrutiny as organisations seek to make that shift as effectively as possible. The academic literature around transformative leadership is mixed, with replicability a particular problem.
Does this sound familiar? When you start talking about “social business” or “social collaboration” at work, some of your colleagues freeze in their tracks, because they don’t understand the language and the technology.
A central theme of crowdsourcing, and indeed social business, is that the crowd are often smarter than so called experts. In the commercial world, this is manifest in travel and shopping, where consumer reviews are shown to be more trustworthy than recommendations by experts.