Disruptor League

Scott Bowden

Innovation in the Era of COVID-19

Like the majority of the world’s population in April 2020, I find myself unable to implement my preferred method of innovation discovery.  Shelter-in-place, social distancing, and international border closures make it difficult to conduct innovation workshops or experience other cultures around the world as a way of finding new insights into problem-solving.  Although technology-enabled remote …

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Innovation with Marco Polo

I spent a great deal of time in 2018 traveling across the world in search of innovation insights.  In countries ranging from Colombia to China to Azerbaijan to Bosnia-Hercegovina, I found examples of cases where modern and ancient civilizations applied creative thinking to solve problems.  I presented these insights to the readers of Innovation Excellence …

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Innovation in the Caucasus – Part III – Azerbaijan

This is the third and final article in a three-part series that focuses on innovation in the three countries of the Caucasus – Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.  This article begins with an examination of innovation in Azerbaijan and provides a conclusion to the series. Azerbaijan The name Azerbaijan means land of fire, derived from the …

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Innovation in the Caucasus – Part II – The Republic of Georgia

This is the second article in a three-part series that focuses on innovation in the three countries of the Caucasus – Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.  This article provides an examination of innovation in the Republic of Georgia. The Republic of Georgia What it lacks in terms of the global diaspora of Armenia and the oil …

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Innovation in the Caucasus – Part I – Armenia

This is the first article in a three-part series that focuses on innovation in the three countries of the Caucasus – Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.  This article presents an introduction to the region and then continues with an examination of innovation in Armenia. Although several geographic regions claim to be the “crossroads of civilization,” the …

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The Headquarters Innovation Paradox

Innovators often face the challenge of determining the optimal location for their work efforts.  For a large enterprise, the decision is often between a central location, such as a corporate headquarters, and a remote location, such as a manufacturing facility.  At first glance, one might think that locating an innovation program at a headquarters location …

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Innovation in China – Part II – Shanghai, Tongli, and Beijing

This is the second article in a two-part series addressing innovation in China.  The first part addressed the archaeological treasure trove of the city of Xi’an and its surroundings.  This article focuses on the better-known cities of Shanghai – China’s financial capital – and Beijing – China’s political capital.  While both cities contain a wealth …

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Innovation in China – Part I – Shaanxi Province and Xi’an

The topic of innovation in China is receiving a great deal of attention lately.  As China’s economy continues to grow at a brisk rate and its GDP appears headed to surpass that of the United States, many observers are wondering whether China is poised to become the leading superpower of the 21st century.  Statistically, China …

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Innovation in the Balkans – Part II – Dalmatia, Istria, and Bosnia-Hercegovina

This is the second article in a two-part series on innovation in the Balkan region of southeastern Europe.  My previous article focused on innovation in the northern part of the Balkans, including northern Croatia and Slovenia.  This article directs its attention towards the south and west includes coastal Croatia (the regions of Istria and Dalmatia) …

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