Diversity of Perspective is Key to Disruptive Innovation


 
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Diversity of Perspective is Key to Disruptive Innovation
Rick Mueller, Professor, United States, SIG Leader
“All new ideas are combinations of old ideas, but not all idea combinations are created equal,” writes Frans Johannsen.

An HBR article by Johansson tells how Mick Pearce designed the Eastgate office building in Harare, Zimbabwe. He based it on techniques he observed termites employ to stabilize the internal temperature of their nests. Remarkably, the Eastgate maintains an ambient temperature between 73-78°F (23-26°C) despite variances in external temperatures from 58-88°F (14-31°C). And the building uses only 10% of the energy needed by a similar, airco cooled building.

Johannsen argues in his book that most innovation comes at the intersection of fields, and Pearce's building is just ...Sign up
 

 
Diversity of Thought for Disruptive Innovation
Charles Alter, Consultant, United States, Member
Indeed diversity of thought from people of diverse backgrounds is the key to understanding disruptive innovation. A good example of this that has been...Sign up
 

 
Barriers to Diversity May Result from Former Success
Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany, Premium Member
Highly developed capabilities in existing products/technologies create barriers to developing capabilities in new products/technologies. When adapting...Sign up
 

 
Examples of Fusion of Fields / Diversity in Disruptive Innovation
Gabi Levin, Israel, Member
This concept has found its way into the class I was teaching about enterprises in the HiTech industry. I named it "fusion of fields".

A goo...Sign up
 

 
Where Spheres Intersect, New Life is Happening
Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany, Premium Member
@Gabi Levin: Your last sentence reminds me of biospheres. Most life happens where biospheres intersect. It's not i...Sign up
 

 
Former Success Can Be the Worst Enemy
Gabi Levin, Israel, Member
The demise of many companies in the technology sector is a dead proof that former success is poison.
One such great example - Kodak.
The hug...Sign up
 

 
Creativity from Diversity
Maurice Hogarth, Consultant, United Kingdom, Member
Here are some further builds for this topic:
  • Creativity is the relating of things that were previously unrelated – so the wider one’s range...Sign up
 

 
Ahead! Ahoy! Diversity to Creativity
Arif ur Rehman, Professor, Pakistan, Member
Being labelled as foolish (a failed outcome) is better than not experimenting and being designated as Mr. Right. An idea is never bad - looked into fr...Sign up
 

 
Labelled Foolish
Maurice Hogarth, Consultant, United Kingdom, Member
@Arif ur Rehman:Unfortunately ego in the majority of people does not allow for being labelled as foolish and such a...Sign up
 

 
A Combination of Curiosity and Diversity Leads to Innovation
srinivas, Lecturer, India, Member
Diversity certainly leads to generation of new ideas, however it is the curiosity that enables the idea to come alive (rubber meeting the road conditi...Sign up
 

   
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