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Selection Criteria for Global Projects: Audio Session Transcript Locked

Research | Posted: 2006-10-23

In this audio session, Lothar Katz, President of Leadership Crossroads, examines the key criteria for decision-making when outsourcing development projects offshore. For Katz, the level of project complexity must be mapped to the characteristics of the target culture. Some cultures, for example, have a greater aversion to uncertainty, making it difficult to perform high-risk projects in such an environment. Katz also advises that the benefits gained from global projects are far beyond cost advantages. Over time, global projects can create speed-to-market advantages as well. Katz also strongly advises companies to develop – and retain – managers with global skills and experience. Even very experienced managers can under-perform in a global context if their management experience does not include cross-border experience. Katz’s presentation lists the key factors to consider when making global project decisions and provides a country-by-country breakdown of how some of the more popular offshore outsourcing destinations perform with respect to these factors. (19 pages)

Turning on Your Innovation Light Bulb: Applying Thomas Edison's Five Competencies of Innovation to Your Business - Audio Session Summary Locked

Research | Posted: 2006-10-14

Related Links: Audio (mp3) | Transcript (21 pages) | Slides (57 pages) In this audio session Sarah Caldicott, President of StarWave Associates and a descendent of Thomas Edison through his second wife, presents research on the methods used by her famous forbear to innovate and invent. Caldicott has identified five competencies used by Edison in his work, which include unstoppable persistence, kaleidoscopic thinking, balancing the creative and the practical, building high-performance collaborative teams, and moving markets. Caldicott presents the reasons why examining Edison’s methods is useful today and provides a number of specific steps that make Edison’s approaches applicable to 21st century corporate environments. (12 pages)

Turning on Your Innovation Light Bulb: Applying Thomas Edison's Five Competencies of Innovation to Your Business - Audio Session Transcript Locked

Research | Posted: 2006-10-14

In this audio session Sarah Caldicott, President of StarWave Associates and a descendent of Thomas Edison through his second wife, presents research on the methods used by her famous forbear to innovate and invent. Caldicott has identified five competencies used by Edison in his work, which include unstoppable persistence, kaleidoscopic thinking, balancing the creative and the practical, building high-performance collaborative teams, and moving markets. Caldicott presents the reasons why examining Edison’s methods is useful today and provides a number of specific steps that make Edison’s approaches applicable to 21st century corporate environments. Click here to download presentation slides, summary or audio for this session.(21 pages)

Co-Developing Products in Asia Audio Session MP3 Locked

Research | Posted: 2006-10-13

MP3 Download of Co-Developing Products in Asia Audio Session

Lean Project Portfolios Audio Session MP3 Download Locked

Research | Posted: 2006-10-13

MP3 download of Lean Project Portfolios Audio Session

Selection Criteria for Global Projects: Audio Session MP3 Download Locked

Research | Posted: 2006-10-13

MP3 download of Selection Criteria for Global Projects Audio Session

Measuring the Value of Open Innovation: Metrics, NPV and ROI Locked

Research | Posted: 2006-10-11

A Presentation by Simon Hayes, Senior Director, Strategic Alliance, Cisco Systems Cisco Systems has created a comprehensive measurement system for Open Innovation projects and alliances. Cisco’s experience suggests that it is necessary, first, to have a consistent methodology for measuring business return – one that embraces all of the types of projects under the corporate umbrella. Cisco tracks the metrics at the project, alliance and alliance portfolio levels. According to Hayes, comprehensive NPV, across all of these levels, is the best measure when comparing one project with another. Including non-financial, strategic measures (e.g. early market entry or the opportunity to create a new standard) in your calculations is essential – it is difficult to quantify them, but estimating them is better than ignoring them. An up-to-date metrics dashboard allows for mid-course corrections, and Cisco has created an automated, frequently updated dashboard solution. Finally, it is necessary that everyone involved on both sides feel ownership over the metrics and are accountable for them. To be successful in strategic alliances, says Hayes, it is absolutely necessary to develop a sense of joint destiny with your partner. Download the presentation slides (19 pages) here and then download the text summary below.(6 pages)

The Portfolio Sweet Spot: How Do You Use Customer Value to Set Product Priorities? Audio Session MP3 Locked

Research | Posted: 2006-10-08

MP3 download of the Portfolio Sweet Spot audio session.

Turning on Your Innovation Light Bulb: Applying Thomas Edison's Five Competencies of Innovation to Your Business MP3 Locked

Research | Posted: 2006-10-07

MP3 download for the audio session "Innovate Like Edison," September 13, 2006.

Key Steps for Protecting IP in China Locked

Research | Posted: 2006-09-22

A Presentation by John Tao, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. In this slide presentation (with text summary), John Tao provides Western companies with the cultural and historical background to help them make better choices with respect to protecting their Intellectual Property (IP) when doing business with China. Tao discusses China’s rapid economic growth and traces the parallel development of IP law. Tao covers the various types of IP and the level of enforcement Westerners should expect with regard to each of them. He also discusses types of IP claims,China's court structure, and preferred methods for conflict resolution. Finally, Tao advises Western companies to examine how the Chinese are protecting their own IP and to imitate their example. According to Tao, choosing the right partner, internal training, and limiting access to core IP to a need-to-know basis, are important keys to protecting IP in these rapidly emerging markets. (20 pages)

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