How can we maximize human potential to make the world a better place? How can we make work more fulfilling–whether in a business, a school, or a government agency? For the past two days, I’ve been attending a high-powered conference here in Half Moon Bay, California, hosted by Gary Hamel (Wall Street Journal’s “top business… Read More Inventing the Future of Management
I’ve just returned from presenting a keynote address at a conference at the University of Padua, in Padua, Italy: the title of the conference was “Improvisation: Between Technique and Spontaneity.” The core idea of the conference was that the tension between technique and spontaneity is found in just about all expert and professional activity. Professionals… Read More Professional improvisers
I just returned from giving a keynote talk at the Business Process Management Conference. Business Process Management, or “BPM” for short, emerged in the early 1990s as a trend best exemplified by the 1993 book Reengineering the Corporation by Michael Hammer and James Champy. The basic idea sounds like common sense to me: instead of… Read More Is Innovation a “Business Process”?
Today’s conference at Washington University, called the Innovation Exchange, brought together top scholars and business leaders to think collaboratively about fostering innovation. It was hosted by our new Institute for Innovation and Growth. Keynote speakers included: Bill Peck (former Dean of Washington U. Medical School and founder of Innovate St. Louis) Carliss Baldwin (Professor at… Read More The Innovation Exchange
Innovation is the flavor of the month; has been for more than a few months now. Organizational learning is another management trend–it refers to the ability of an organization to learn–to become more effective over time, to develop new knowledge and retain it to respond to future situations. What both innovation and learning have in… Read More Innovation = Learning