Author Archives: Mike Wolff
How Charismatic Champions Boost NPD Performance

By Mike Wolff Champions have three distinguishing characteristics, NC State management professor Stephen Markham reported in CIMS Technology Management Report No. 2, 1999: Champions adopt projects as their own, they support those projects beyond what would be expected from others in … Read More

NIH Researchers Join NSF Innovation Corps

On June 18, NSF announced a program for training NIH researchers in evaluating their scientific discoveries for commercial potential. The program, dubbed I-Corps™ at NIH, is a pilot of the NSF Innovation Corps™ (I-Corps) program aimed at accelerating the translation … Read More

Will Your Company Be a Survivor?

Fortune’s June 16 issue carried it’s editor’s boast over the magazine’s 60th annual ranking of the 500 largest U.S. companies and how their collective profits exceeded $1 trillion (“Wow!”)  More soberly, on June 14, Peter Diamandis (X-Prize founder and Singularity … Read More

InnovationChart: China Top R&D Spender By 2022?

  While China is emphasizing development over basic research, it looks poised to top U.S. in absolute R&D spending by 2022, according to the 2014 global R&D spending forecast by Battelle and R&D Magazine. The report observes that China has … Read More

US R&D Spending Slipping in 2013

“U.S. R&D Declines Again in Real Dollars,” headlined the 2013 Battelle/R&D Magazine Global Funding Forecast released in December, 2012 ( However, the picture got bleaker when the annual forecast was updated earlier this year to account for the impacts of … Read More

Robert Loce: Building Idea Communities

“Robert Loce is the first person in the nation, possibly in the world, to receive a Ph.D. in imaging science” began a 1993 newspaper profile of the then-35-year-old Rochester (New York) Institute of Technology graduate.  Bob Loce had joined the … Read More

InnovationQ: Has the U.S. Lost Its Mojo?

John C. Haltiwanger, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland, is known for his research on the determinants of firm-level job creation, job destruction and economic growth the United States. He has created the … Read More

InnovationLit: Big Data, Updating C-Suite, Global 1000, Innovation Strategy, Open Data, Entrepreneurship, Coke’s Innovation Program

big data @ work: Dispelling the Myths, Uncovering the Opportunities; Thomas H. Davenport, Harvard Business Review Press, Boston, MA; 2014, 225 pp. Admittedly skeptical about big data and its surrounding hype until he began researching it in 201l, Prof. Davenport … Read More

China Grad Makes Big Data Work For CIMS Sponsor Air Products & Chemicals

Shanghai’s first Startup Weekend arrived in July 2011, drawing a few hundred eager participants to what would soon be headlined “Startup Hub on the Rise.”  It was the growing startup activity in this booming metropolis of 25 million people that … Read More

InnovationLit: Entrepreneurship, New Products, Mythical STEM Crisis, Corporate Growth, Start-up Hubs, Becoming Digital, Core Competence, Idea Competitions

By Mike Wolff Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup; Bill Aulet; Wiley, August 2013, 288pp. The managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship draws on his own entrepreneurial experience to present a proven 24-step framework … Read More

Innovation Chart: Worldwide Spending on Public IT Cloud Services To Double By 2017

By: Mike Wolff   New forecast from market intelligence service International Data Corporation sees worldwide spending on public IT cloud services growing at 23.5% compound annual rate from $47.4 billion in 2013 to $107 billion in 2017. That’s five times … Read More

Big Think From Start-Up Founders

By Mike Wolff   Just Do It! “My message is to go for it, try to lean in, do things like ask for help, network, do deals, recognize the market you have.” —Fran Maier, co-founder online dating service, at … Read More

InnovationQ: What’s Wrong with Product Development

InnovationQ: What’s Wrong with Product Development ByMike Wolff IMR probes the weak spots in new-product development with Robert G. Cooper, Emeritus Professor at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business, ISBM Distinguished Research Fellow at Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business … Read More

Learning From Colorado University’s Annual New Venture Competition

Colorado University’s New Venture Challenge “is not the biggest, richest, or most polished of campus startup competitions,” Brad Bernthal wrote on, April 4. “But it makes an exceptionally high impact on those who participate.” The NVC calls itself an … Read More

Inventor’s Voice: He Made Holography Practical

“One day we came across Gabor’s paper and simply out of curiosity decided to duplicate it.” Nobel prize-winning physicist Dennis Gabor was inducted posthumously into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2012 for his “research in electron optics that … Read More

Data Scientists Need To Model Ethics, Not Only The Math

“Models do not just predict, but they can make things happen,” data scientist Rachel Schutt told The New York Times technology reporter Steve Lohr recently, adding “That’s not discussed generally in our field.” Schutt ( has since taken a senior … Read More

Big Think on Big Data

“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.”—Plato “Big Data is just one tool in a much larger process, like a small boat on the wide ocean.”— Prof. Stephen Markham at Spring 2013 CIMS Sponsors Meeting There’s … Read More

Inventor’s Voice: Try Something Completely New

“Successes usually don’t teach you as much as failures.” George H. Heilmeier and three other engineers received their profession’s highest honor in February 2012 for developing the liquid crystal display (LCD), used today in virtually every display device, from calculators … Read More