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3rd Wave Capitalism: Podcast

I was recently interviewed by Scott Henderson for the site New Empire Builders, which is a site dedicated to finding new startups, interesting non-profits, and interesting new firms.  In my conversation with Scott I talk about the idea of third wave capitalism — which […]

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The Dual Nature of Knowledge Work Productivity

When we think about knowledge work productivity, it is a very tricky subject.  The reason it is tricky is because at one extreme we can routinize knowledge work — as when someone is calling to fill out a survey, or answer a customer service […]

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How to Make Decision Making More Adaptable with Layers

Co-authored with Chris Curran Never before has such a mass of data existed. Needless to say, all this information complicates the decision-making process. Businesses need new strategies to answer the biggest question: How do we effectively sift through the mountain of information to gain […]

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Taming the Torrent of Data… For competitive advantage…

I recently had the good fortune of leading our Diamond Exchange, where we discussed how companies could create competitive advantage through better use of data.  For this event we created a short (3-4 min) video to help business executives get a feel for just […]

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Are You a Vendor or a Business Partner?

One of my colleagues just asked me: What’s the difference between a vendor relationship and a true business partnership?  This is a vital question when any individual or firm is innovating, because when anyone is doing something truly new, it is impossible to pre-specify […]

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Is Your Industry in Danger of Being Disrupted?

There is much talk about innovation — and there are many approaches to creating new things, from the famous “open innovation” ideas of Henry Chesbrough to the ever popular notions of Clay Christensen about “disruptive innovation“.  Whether it was the popisicle, invented by accident […]

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3rd Wave Capitalism: Radical business innovation begins anew

Last week, on Thursday night September 16, 2010, I had the good fortune of speaking to the Society for Information Management’s (SIM’s) Boston chapter about the implications of social media.  You can get the slides here. The core of the talk was the idea […]

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Creative Work Unlocked by Crowdfunding: A disruptive innovation

The other day I received a downright inspirational email from my friends at IndieGoGo, a site dedicated to the collaborative funding of ideas.  (Here’s a short video of my friend Slava Rubin, co-founder of the company.)  The missive pointed to a video featuring 9 […]

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The Web is Dead? or Just in the Modularity Cycle?

Wired magazine recently announced on its cover that the Web is Dead.  I confess I really like the magazine  despite some of the hyperbolic rants that Chris Anderson, Wired’s editor creates like his book “Free” — which is completely indefensible from an intellectual or […]

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Radical Continuity: What any retailer can learn from Nordstrom

I’m coming to believe every good is a convenience good.  A recent New York Times article reported that Nordstrom has integrated their in-store inventory with their online supply, meaning that anyone can get access to the entire inventory from any “location” — a physical […]

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