July 26, 2013

Skoll World Forum

website has great article and video on social entrepreeurship

May 2, 2013

reviews of language apps

from the NYT.

April 9, 2013

Decisive video

Nice summary of the new C&D Heath book.

June 28, 2012

Steve Blank's website

Lots of good resources for entrepreneurs and innovators, in particular lean startup tools.

April 24, 2012

Start Some Good

Like Kickstarter, for social entrepreneurs

February 1, 2012

Lean Startup

Wiki , blog and a video

Visualizing innovation

Great graphics,survey from GE, global differences

January 17, 2012

Game based learning

Useful tidbits.

September 21, 2011

Brazil 6th in clean energy investment

From Pew Charitable Trust report: "
Brazil is sixth among G-20 members for
investments in clean energy and second
only to China among emerging economies.
Brazil's total clean energy investment in
2010 was $7.6 billion, with 40 percent
invested in biofuels, 31 percent in wind,
and 28 percent in other renewable energy
sources. Brazil also places sixth among
the G-20 for five-year rate of investment
growth, which stands at 81 percent. Brazil
is also among the top 10 countries for
amount of GDP invested in clean energy.
With almost 14 GW, Brazil has the world's
seventh largest installed clean energy
capacity to complement its significant
biofuels capacity."

August 29, 2011

Andy Van de Ven innovation video

Excellent 12 min. video from my colleague Andy, recorded in Lithuania.

August 10, 2011

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Part of U MN, second generation biofuels research. Biodiversity and carbon sequestration matter, per David Tilman. Field trip?

July 11, 2011

Thunderbird's Brazil sustainability course

A student blog with good content from in winter term class.

May 13, 2010

mobile health

lots of buzz around this topic. Here is a good source of news.

March 10, 2010

good China blog

springwise website

full of new business ideas

February 8, 2010

Chinese pinyin in 6 minutes!

You tube Chinese language video, one of many.

December 23, 2009

Latin American Herald Tribune

Source of news stories on Latin America, like this on about new wind farms in Brazil.

October 30, 2009

Brazil, sustainability and competitive advantage

2004 article from knowledge@Wharton, good quote from Sergio Braga, coordinator of the Center for Sustainability Studies (CES) at the Getulio Vargas Foundation. and their energy dilemma

October 21, 2009

"Value Monopolies"

"Value Monopolies", another sticky idea coined by Edward De Bono in his best-seller "Sur/petition", a fabulous read for marketers. -recommendation from Tahsan Khan in MGMT 6050

October 9, 2009

Innovation wiki

Inovo Innovation Wiki is a MI consulting firm site.

October 6, 2009

Needfinding tools

Some good sources for kicking off market research. from a Stanford course presentation slides A few observations on ethnographic research

October 5, 2009

sketching in hardware

Amazing tools for electronic prototyping:

September 30, 2009

BSR, Cargill

Great conference coming up on CSR. Worth searching for Brazil info.

For example:

Mark Murphy
Vice President, Corporate Affairs • Cargill
Mark Murphy leads the Corporate Responsibility Area within Cargill's global Corporate Affairs Department. He oversees corporate responsibility, community relations, and corporate philanthropy globally for Cargill and serves as Executive Director of the Cargill Foundation. Murphy joined Cargill in 1996 as the Senior Program Officer for the Cargill Foundation, and from 1997 to 2000, he directed Cargill's U.S. community relations activities. Previously, Murphy spent 15 years in the nonprofit and public sectors.

Global Land-Use Policies: Development, Implementation, and Performance
Thursday, October 22, 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
As the demands of our food and industrial systems place increasing stress on natural resources around the world, companies relying on these systems face pressure to find solutions to both the supply and demand sides of the challenges. This half-day session offers a structured forum to explore the various responses developed by global companies as they address the basic security of their future supply chains. BSR will bring together a group of companies in the food, agriculture, and natural resources sectors, as well as researchers and civil society representatives, to explore these challenges and begin to learn from each other how best to proceed. Specifically, the session will explore business drivers for establishing land-use policy, existing corporate land-use policy guidelines, and trade-offs of various approaches that can be used to identify and evaluate compliance with and performance against policy.

April 1, 2009

Karl Ulrich- Product Design

Lots of good ideas about innovation processes and idea screening for this Wharton Prof.

March 30, 2009

Speak Chinese

An interesting Chinese language site. Also a good interview with a design entrepreneur at in Shanghai 10 min+ of video on home page. Hen hao!

March 17, 2009

Sun Tzu and the Art of Business

Mark McNeilly has written a series of interesting strategy books drawing on traditional Chinese philosophy. Here is his site. Today he talked about building brand by tapping into cultural uniqueness. For example Japanese Lenovo designers using bento boxes as an inspiration for Thinkpad design.

February 23, 2009

Kosmix deep web search seems to aggregate interesting sources, particularly for management concepts

April 30, 2008

utilium online textbook substitute

This could be an interesting case or semester long project for 4050. Is it a better alternative to a textbook?

April 25, 2008

measuring innovation

Here is the Freakonomics blog entry with good secondary sources

February 28, 2008

Why habits are hard to break

Upstream vs downstream strategies

( Verplanken & Wood, 2006).

February 18, 2008

younoodle startup website

Includes automated predictor of startup success- in beta.

January 29, 2008

The Economist China website

Good summary info for presentation preparation:

another China book

Managing the Dragon (Crown; $27.50), Jack Perkowski's story of his almost 13 years running Asimco, an automotive components maker, in China is therefore a rare treat—a first-hand account of the struggle to build a business there. Tim Clissold, Mr Perkowski's former colleague, has already described how Asimco's Chinese partners cheated it out of millions, in his riveting 2004 book, “Mr China?. But Mr Perkowski hung on, and his wise and ultimately optimistic account should be required reading for anyone starting a business in China. Mr Perkowski is sensible on every issue—from the need to nurture (and listen to) local managers to the relative importance of local over central government relations. Most of all, foreigners must not shun the impossibly cut-throat local market because the price paid for a product in China today will be its price globally tomorrow. (from the Economist)

January 18, 2008

Institutionalizing Innovation

2008 Christensen update

January 16, 2008

Think Better

Think Better: An Innovator's Guide to Productive Thinking (Hardcover)
by Tim Hurson

Think Better demonstrates how you can start with an intractable technical problem, an unmet consumer need, or a gaping chasm in your business strategy and, by following a clearly defined, practical thinking process, arrive at a robust, innovative solution. Many companies use the Productive Thinking model to generate fresh solutions for tough business problems, and many individuals rely on it to solve pressing personal problems.

The principles you'll find in Think Better are straight-forward: separate your thinking into creative thinking and critical thinking; stay with the question; strive for the “third third? by generating lots and lots of ideas; and look for unexpected connections.

The model consists of six interlocking steps:

Step 1:What's Going On? Explore and truly understand the challenge.

Step 2: What's Success? Envision the ideal outcome and establish success criteria.

Step 3: What's the Question? Pinpoint the real problem or opportunity.

Step 4: Generate Answers List many possible solutions.

Step 5: Forge the Solution Decide which solution is best. Then make it better.

Step 6: Align Resources Create an action plan.

The Innovation Killer

Another interesting source:

The Innovation Killer: How What We Know Limits What We Can Imagine... And What Smart Companies Are Doing About It (Hardcover)
by Cynthia Barton Rabe (Author)

September 4, 2007

The Economist Shanghai briefing guide

Monthly news updates

Bose case and brand

Bose could be a good case about niche, design. Other good examples (crocs) in link.

June 22, 2007


This column about small-business trends in California and the West appears on the third Thursday of every month. James Flanigan, business columnist for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and other publications, has covered national and international business and economics for 44 years. He is the author of Smile Southern California, You're the Center of the Universe: The Los Angeles Region and the Transformation of the World Economy, due in 2008.

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