Gary Hamel, one of the world's leading business thinkers, has said that open source is one of the greatest management innovations of the 21st century. In his outstanding book The Future of Management, Hamel offered this tongue-in-cheek remark:
In the discussions around some of my previous articles, I've noticed a trend: we seem to be focusing on cultural changes that need to be made for the open source way to be effective in contexts beyond technology.
If we want to master creativity, we must first understand and obey its nature. And that's a tall order when most of our policies, laws, investments, business norms, and even our educational system actually works against it. My father was a scientist, and when I was a boy I asked him, “What's the... Read more
Earlier this week some colleagues and I attended a fantastic gathering of business and political leaders called the Emerging Issues Forum. The theme of the forum—interestingly enough for a bunch of business folks—was creativity, and speakers included some of my favorite thinkers/authors who analyze... Read more
It's a good bet that the next generation of defining companies will have corporate cultures built the open source way-- around openness and collaboration, while fostering community and culture that extend outside the company walls. In fact many of the defining companies of the first decade of this... Read more
So, how does an unknown anthropology professor from Kansas make a home movie on a “cheap computer” in his basement that beats out all the $3.6 million Super Bowl ads and transforms him into a Web 2.0 rock star? This story begins and ends with the free and open user-generated media-scape.
You may be familiar with the Thomas Edison quote: "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." In the open source way, the principle is sometimes referred to as rapid prototyping, or "release early, release often." The idea is that faster prototypes can lead to faster... Read more
As we approach the most anticipated day of the year for brand managers, Super Bowl Sunday, I thought it appropriate to comment on one of the biggest pieces of news coming out the branding and marketing circles in recent weeks: in a bold move, Pepsi – historically one of the largest spenders of... Read more
Over the last few weeks, I've noticed more folks pointing out a paradox that has been driving me nuts. As many companies embrace open innovation and culture, there is one incredibly successful holdout: Apple. Three articles on the subject here, here, and here.
There's a lot of talk about openness and transparency in the world of business these days. So we wanted to ask: What does it really mean to be an open company? Where are you seeing companies act in a more open way? And where do you think companies can benefit most from transparency? We'd love to... Read more