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Innovation, An Introduction to TRIZ Theory for the New Product Development Process

Robert F. Brands | Posted 04.08.2016 | Business
Robert F. Brands

In the innovation and business growth book, Robert's Rules of Innovation: A 10-Step Program for Corporate Survival, author Robert Brands sets forth te...

A Bipartisan, Consensus Approach to Innovation Policy

Victoria Espinel | Posted 03.29.2016 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

In encouraging news given today's climate, Congress is making progress on legislation that will promote innovation. Even more encouraging? The legisla...

Congress Is Handing U.S. Corporate Taxes To Europe

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 02.08.2016 | Business
Jeffrey Sachs

In their interest to garner favor with U.S. companies (mainly in search of campaign funds), the U.S. Congress has allowed these companies to escape U.S. corporate taxes by magically declaring that their IP is located in some foreign tax haven.

Innovation Outposts and the Evolution of Corporate R&D

Steve Blank | Posted 11.23.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

I first met Evangelos Simoudis when he ran IBM's Business Intelligence Solutions Division and then as CEO of his first startup Customer Analytics. Evangelos has spent the last 15 years as a Venture Capitalist, first at Apax Partners and later at Trident Capital.

Gilead's Greed That Kills

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 07.27.2016 | Business
Jeffrey Sachs

Gilead Sciences is an American pharmaceutical company driven by unquenchable greed. The company is causing hundreds of thousands of Americans with Hepatitis C to suffer unnecessarily and many of them to die as the result of its monopolistic practices, while public health programs face bankruptcy.

What Would a Good Trade Agreement Look Like?

James Love | Posted 06.12.2016 | Politics
James Love

These are just a few random proposals, and there are certainly plenty of others, that would change the purpose and impact of trade agreements. Trade policy is too important to be left to trade negotiators who only think about the corporate agenda.

Assessing the Energy-Efficiency Gap

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.02.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

Global energy consumption is on a path to grow 30-50 percent over the next 25 years, bringing with it, in many countries, increased local air pollution, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and oil consumption, as well as higher energy prices.

Creating a Structured, Repeatable Process for Innovation

Robert F. Brands | Posted 05.25.2016 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Established companies do not easily reinvent themselves. History shows us that Innovation is often the strategy of startups - but not only is it important in getting to the top, innovation is necessary in order to stay on top.

Give a Man a Fish...

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation has announced it is setting up a new Evidence-Based Policy and Innovation division in Washington. Its purpose will be to encourage policy makers to utilize evidence and data in their decision making. But not just encourage. According to the press release, it wants evidence and data to be "the primary factor" in policy makers' decisions.

When Will We Reach Our 1962 Moment in Education?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.23.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

To reach our 1962 moment will require sustained investment in development, evaluation, and scale-up of proven programs in all subjects and grade levels, and a change of policies to encourage the use of proven programs. I hope our 1962 moment is coming soon. To bring it closer, we have a lot of work to do, in innovation, evaluation, policy, and practice.

The Role of Research in Limited Government

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Just as Jeb Bush and others in his party seem to be recognizing that research and development are among the few education-related activities that should remain at the federal level, the Republican-controlled Congress is proposing to eliminate the Investing in Innovation (i3) program and cut back other federal investments in research and development.

Top 10 Medical Research Issues and Trends to Watch in 2015

Margaret Anderson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Science
Margaret Anderson

Academic research institutions are undeniably under duress. While some of it may be due to overbuilding research infrastructure during the years of doubling the National Institutes of Health budget, they are now dealing with a new normal of having to do more with less.

Invest in the Creative Economy

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 11.04.2014 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

We're squandering our future obsessing about stock price, hoping that a rising stock market will lift us all out of these doldrums.

Why an 'ISIL War Tax' and a 'Russia Containment Tax' Are Necessary -- Now

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

It is a given that actions against ISIL and Russia will be undertaken, and each has that ring of "prolonged" to it that indicates it will require both patience and financing.

F-35 Contract May Be the Worst Deal the DOD Has Ever Made

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

Any CEO responsible for a deal like this would've been fired long ago, but the previous DOD Secretaries are gone and we're still stuck with the bill.

China's Military: Here We Are!

Christopher Burgess | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Christopher Burgess

Do we listen to the DoD or to the PRC government and Senior Colonel Wang XinJun, a researcher at the Academy of Military Sciences in Beijing, who recently stated, "The Chinese government and armed forces have never sanctioned hacking activities"?

So You Want Green Energy, New Medicines and Flying Cars? You Need the Federal Government

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.10.2013 | Technology
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

What the "stagnationists" seem to forget or ignore is that over the last 30 years the federal government has been dramatically underinvesting in research and development. The U.S. ranks just eighth among OECD countries in R&D as a share of GDP.

If Ideas Are the Seeds of Innovation...

Robert F. Brands | Posted 03.24.2013 | Business
Robert F. Brands

If ideas are the seeds of innovation, idea management is the formalization of the processes involved in gathering, sharing, analyzing and executing the ideas generated within an organization and its collaborative networks.

About Leadership: Materiality and R&D

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 02.26.2013 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

Corporations often look at products in a company like 3M, and their R&D process, and think, oh, look how successful that process is in bringing forth innovation; we should copy what they do. But the process is usually a total mismatch.

PCAST Report: The Future of U.S. Research

James M. Gentile | Posted 02.18.2013 | Science
James M. Gentile

Increased and predictable funding and incentives for research and development are essential, as is a workforce skilled at filling the resulting jobs. But it's also important that America's approach to research shift from safe and incremental research to the "high-risk, high-reward" research.

Note to Management: R&D Is Not Production

Gil Laroya | Posted 01.21.2013 | Business
Gil Laroya

R&D folks need the freedom to play, to innovate, to grow the next big product. This cannot and will never happen if an R&D engineer is spending eight hours a day, five days a week, filling out forms and reports instead of developing products.

Eroding Our Foundation

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

Reducing the budget deficit is important, but it should not and does not have to come at the expense of growth-inducing investments in areas like federal support for R&D.

Innovation: Supporting the 'R' in R&D

Robert F. Brands | Posted 12.10.2012 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Research ensures companies are making strides towards achieving breakthrough innovations in the long run. Without this kind of "R" attitude there would be no light bulb.

Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now: GAIN -- Or Just Greed

Robert Weissman | Posted 08.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Weissman

The World Health Organization's Director-General recently warned of the growing challenge of antibiotic resistance in the starkest terms. Responding to this challenge, existing antibiotics must be conserved and novel antibiotics developed.

Our Love-Hate Relationship With Pharmaceuticals

Matthew Edlund, M.D. | Posted 10.31.2011 | Healthy Living
Matthew Edlund, M.D.

How did we get into this mess that produces untold suffering, impedes effective health care, and costs our economy sacks of bullion and lost productivity?