How the U.S. Can Rebuild Its Capacity to Innovate

Harvard Business

From automotive to semiconductors to pharma to clean energy , America’s innovation centers have shifted east, offering growing evidence that the U.S. has lost what Harvard Business School’s Willy Shih calls the “ industrial commons ”: indispensable production skills and capabilities. companies were deciding to move R&D to China to be closer to manufacturers, suppliers, and talent as well as to reap lower development costs and higher-growth markets.

How Do I Start Your Own Business?

Strategy Driven

It requires a significant amount of your time and concentration to start a new business. To start this adventure, you need to know that you will eat and work with bread until you have a solid business and you can get it on track. There are various opinions about how to start a business.

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Getting Buy-In for Innovation that Doesn’t Fade at the End of the Quarter

Harvard Business Review

You’ve prepared a business plan for a promising new entrepreneurial venture. You’ve got funding and the blessing of your CEO and Board to go ahead with this high-profile “experiment” Your venture could be a growth engine for your corporation’s otherwise large but slow and steady core business. In fact, given the risk-averse culture of the organization and the tough market environment, you suspect they will likely re-evaluate within six months.

The $300 House: Go, Go, Go!

Harvard Business Review

The Marketing Challenge. Editor's note: This post was written with Christian Sarkar , a marketing consultant who also works on environmental issues. Winners will be selected by the community and a panel of judges and will receive a scholarship to a June "prototyping workshop" led by COMMON , a social business incubator. Thirdly, we looked at Grameen's poverty metrics in Muhammad Yunus' book Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism.

Design Thinking Is Fundamentally Conservative and Preserves the Status Quo

Harvard Business

Billed as a set of tools for innovation, design thinking has been enthusiastically and, to some extent, uncritically adopted by firms and universities alike as an approach for the development of innovative solutions to complex problems. But skepticism about design thinking has now begun to seep out onto the pages of business magazines and educational publications. Noctiluxx/Getty Images. When it comes to design thinking, the bloom is off the rose.

Why Older Entrepreneurs Have an Edge

Harvard Business Review

He did well co-founding Asterand, an ethically sourced human-tissue sampling business, but lost his shirt on a jazz club and a cattle-ranching enterprise to produce low-fat beef. Charlton and Reid decided to launch TechTown, a nonprofit business incubator, which went on to spark a small renaissance in entrepreneurship in midtown Detroit. The National Journal reports that 9 of the nation's 15 million small-business owners were born before 1965.

Where to Find Authentic Entrepreneurs

Harvard Business Review

I still remember when Steve Jobs was featured in business school case studies as an example of bad leadership style. But unlike most Japanese innovations, it did not come from a big established firm. Coming out of Peru, you’ll find Kola Real, formed during a coup d’état in 1988, not exactly an ideal environment for business incubation. Companies and venture capitalists chase hot markets.