Untangling Innovation – Part III (strategies)

[This article was simultaneously posted on LinkedIn February 17, 2015] Introduction This is the third and final post in a series that is intended for scientists and engineers who’ve primarily been focused on their technical subject matter, and have not had a chance to explore management and innovation very much. If that is you, and you have… Read more »

Untangling Innovation – Part II (Approaches)

  [This article was simultaneously posted on LinkedIn February 3, 2015] Introduction This post is the second in a series that are intended for scientists and engineers who have primarily been focused on their technical subject matter, and have not had a chance to explore management and innovation very much. If that is you, and you have recently… Read more »

Untangling Innovation – Part I (Definitions)

 [This article was simultaneously posted on LinkedIn January 27, 2015] Introduction This post is the first in a series that are intended for scientists and engineers who have been primarily focused on their technical subject matter and have not had a chance to explore management and innovation very much. If that is you, and you have recently… Read more »

New View on Innovation from Christensen

  [This article was originally posted on LinkedIn December 24, 2014] Clayton Christensen is, of course, well known for his work on disruptive innovation. For that reason, I was intrigued to read an article, co-authored by Christensen, in the January/February 2014 issue of Foreign Affairs in which disruptive innovation is NOT mentioned. I recommend this article… Read more »

Perfect Storm for US Chemicals?

[This article was originally posted on LinkedIn December 22, 2014] I don’t normally comment in this area, or even track it closely, but I’ve seen some recent information suggesting that the US chemical industry may be in for a rough ride for the next few years. Though I’m not an expert in this area, I’m passing… Read more »

Ten Questions for Technical Entrepreneurs

[This article was originally posted on LinkedIn Decemer 5, 2014] I work frequently with technical entrepreneurs—scientists or engineers aiming to build a business around a technology based innovation. These can be a small group of technologists forming or working within a startup, or it they might be individuals or a team within a larger organization charged… Read more »

The Impact of MOOCs on Higher Education

[This article was originally posted on LinkedIn Noember 15, 2014] My normal focus here is on innovation, but as I’ve a daughter looking at college and as I just had a good reason to take a look at the state of education and at massive online open classes (MOOCs) in particular, I’d like to share some… Read more »

Smart Entrepreneurs – Dumb Mistakes

[This article was originally posted on LinkedIn November 7, 2014] My last post considered whether scientists were deluded and answered, ‘no’. In this post, I’m going to describe a situation where a very smart entrepreneur (with deep technical training) actually was deluded, as a result of confirmation bias. I do this because, in my experience, this is… Read more »

Are Scientists Deluded (about innovation)?

[This article was originally posted on LinkedIn October 20, 2014] Peter Thiel recently gave a lecture as part of a Stanford course on How to Start a Startup. As part of this talk, in characteristically provocative fashion, he characterized scientists as deluded. His comments were in the context of showing that it was the combination of… Read more »