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Building Company Focuses on Foundations of Innovation

By Michelle Grainger The companies CIMS works with are committed to innovation. That’s no surprise. That holds true for a company whose industry—the home-building trade—isn’t exactly known for making innovation headlines. Ply Gem Industries stands out. It even has a … Read More

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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

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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

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Can You Answer Your CEO’s Three Big Questions?

CEO’s ask tough questions before they fund an innovation. The toughest arrive like arrows shot in the heat of a management meeting. They aim to kill an innovation, to add it to their growing pile of unfunded projects. That’s been … Read More

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No Easy Button: The Real Story of Big Data Analytics

Now that Big Data Analytics has become a hot topic, Big Data expert Prof. Mariann Jelinek observes, “the ‘hype cycle’ has advanced to include both puff and backlash.” Big Data enthusiasts often write about such operational advantages as shorter customer … Read More

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Why Big Data Is Not All Hype: The Power of Unstructured Text Analytics

“Is big data really all it’s cracked up to be?” a New York Times writer asks. And the Financial Times wondered in March whether we are making a big mistake with big data. Such queries reflect a growing worry that … Read More

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Executive Education Director Driven By Passion for Connecting Companies with Solutions

By Michelle Grainger Dan McGurrin began his career tearing down walls. Now he’s spending his days building bridges. Metaphorically, of course, because McGurrin’s field is executive education. In this profile—one of a series on the staff, faculty and fellows of … Read More

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Do You Know the Five Best Practices of Innovation Management?

By Michelle Grainger Innovation management is a field ripe and ready for best practices. That’s been CIMS’ premise since its founding in 1984. Leading innovation management consultant, author and speaker Robert V. Tucker shares the same philosophy, which is why … Read More

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Which Dimensions of Innovation Management “Maturity” Lead to Superior ROA?

By Michelle Grainger If a company invests in innovation, will they—the financial returns, that is—come? That’s the question on every CEO’s mind. It was also on the mind of Michael Stanko and Jonathan Bohlmann, professors at the N.C. State University … Read More

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