Innovation breaks the barrier of our present realm of knowledge.  You need to be willing to think outside the box – or create a new one. You can do this by yourself or you invite others and embrace the power of open innovation.


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Open Book

Juli, T. (2011). Open Up – Openly Teach Anyone Willing to Learn, What You Do at Work. In H. Noordin (Ed.), Corporate Bold: What Every Corporate Professional Must Know! (pp. 248–250). Bloomington, IN: iUniverse.

Juli, T. (2012). The Power and Illusion of Self-Organizing Teams. 2012 PMI Global Congress Proceedings. Vancouver, BC, Canada: Project Management Institute.

In addition, have a look at the Blog Posts below or choose the category “Innovation” in our Blog.


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Inspiring websites

There are numerous open innovation platforms out there.  Not all of them are equal.  Here is a selection of some of the most inspiring:

Open Social Innovation



Other Resources

Book & Article Recommendations

Bhidé, A. (2009). Where innovation creates value. McKinsey Quarterly, (February).

Bisoux, T. (2005). What Makes Leaders GREAT. BizEd, (September / October), 40–45.

Chesbrough, H. W., & Garman, A. R. (2010). So öffnen sich Unternehmen. Harvard Business manager, Februar, 71–79.

Dyer, J. H., Gregersen, H. B., & Christensen, C. M. (2010). Die Innovatoren-DNS. Harvard Business manager, Februar, 56–65.

Girotra, K., Terwiesch, C., & Ulrich, K. T. (2010). Idea Generation and the Quality of the Best Idea. Management Science.

Godfrey, R. L., Smith, H. W., & Pulispher, G. L. (2011). The Seven Laws of Learning: Why Great Leaders Are Also Great Teachers (p. 192). Springville, Utah: Bonneville.

Godin, S. (2010). Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Guillebeau, C. (2008). A Brief Guide to World Domination: How to Live a Remarkable Life in a Conventional World.

Hsieh, T. (2011). Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose (p. 304). New York: Business Plus.

Immelt, J. R., Govindarajan, V., & Trimble, C. (2009). How GE is Disrupting Itself. Harvard Business Review, October.

Immelt, J. R., Govindarajan, V., & Trimble, C. (2010). Wie General Electric sich radikal erneuert. Harvard Business manager, Februar, 80–91.

Kelley, T. (2000). The Art of Innovation. New York: Doubleday.

Manyika, J. (2008). Google’s view on the future of business: An interview with CEO Eric Schmidt. McKinsey Quarterly, (September).

Mendonca, L. T., & Rao, H. (2008). Lessons from innovation’s front lines: An interview with IDEO’s CEO. McKinsey Quarterly, (November).

Peters, T. (2011). The Little Big Things: 163 Wege zur Spitzenleistung. Offenbach: Gabal.

Pollice, G. (2009). Leadership in an (almost) Agile world. The Rational Edge.

Scharmer, C. O. (2009). Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges (p. 532). San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler.

Senge, P. M. (1990). The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (2006th ed.). New York: Currency Doubleday.

Senge, P. M., Scharmer, C. O., Jaworski, J., & Flowers, B. S. (2005). Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society (p. 289). New York: Crown Business.

Sinek, S. (2009). Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (p. 256). New York: Portfolio / Penguin.

Sull, D. (2009). Competing through organizational agility. McKinsey Quarterly, December.

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