Sunday, January 25, 2009

Participants for Web 2.0 tool Case Study

Steve Gordon, who is a professor at Babson College, is looking for companies who use Web 2.0 as part of their internal research to see if they help innovation. If someone in interested in getting some good press, I know they have been successful in getting written up in Harvard Business Review and other top line publications.

If interested contact Steve directly using the contact info below. Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think might be interested.

Babson College is looking for participants in a Case Study of the impacts of Web 2.0 tools on innovation on companies’ research programs. The cases will initially be used as data for publication in a journal intended for an academic audience interested in information systems and technology, such as the Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research. When data from a sufficient number of companies has been collected, manuscripts will be written for journals, such as the Sloan Management Review, targeting a management audience. All primary data obtained in this research will be kept strictly confidential in encrypted form unless a waiver of confidentiality is obtained. No manuscript will be submitted for publication without the written approval of all companies referenced in the manuscript. This research is being funded, in part, by the Babson Faculty Research Fund.

Prof Steven Gordon is the principal investigator whose past research has been focused on understanding how information systems can improve the research process. His current project addresses Web 2.0 technologies, including social software. Prof Gordon is planning to do several detailed case studies of innovations (product, service, and process) that are beyond the ideation stage – that is, they are in the later stages of development or have been developed or even brought to market (if a product or service). He is excluding innovations in Web 2.0 and social software so as not to be self-referential. However, software innovation, in general, is of interest.

The initial commitment would be an interview of no more than one hour with the project leader. Then, if it appears useful and if all parties agree, 15 to 20 minute interviews might be held with one or more members of the project team. The interviews will be conducted face to face or by phone, at the discretion of the project leader. The participants can remain confidential if desired. If you are interested in participating, please contact Prof Gordon at the contact information below. Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think is appropriate.

Best regards,

Steven R. Gordon
Professor, Information Technology Management
Babson College, Babson Park, MA 02457
Editor-in-Chief, JITCAR
Tel: 781-239-4571

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Serendipity - the value of your network

Do you ever wonder what the value of your social network? Probably not. When you ask a friend for help, good chance they will. But what about your on line or technology network, you know Facebook, LinkedIn, Bloggers, etc. What happens when you reach out to your on line network? You never know what will happen - sometimes nothing or it is beyond what you'd expect.

I asked a question to my social network and I was stunned with the response. I asked Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz who run the For Immediate Release podcast about the value of Social Media in the PR industry. They took my question and ran with it.

My question came from a PR person who attended a presentation at Babson College CIMS on Web 2.0. She said small and mid-size businesses didn't see the value of social media. These two world renowned PR experts when on for 8 minutes in FIR show #331. Listen to their response.

They brought up some great points and some examples that anyone interest in Social Media would find interesting. My take away was that you have to see the value and commit to it if you want it to have value.

Shel and Neville said they wished they could talk with this PR practitioner. These two experts wanted to expand their network and talk with this person. Unfortunately there isn't a way to share these finding with the person who asked the question or the audience from the conference. I've asked the CIMS group to set up some social media site but the answer is "they aren't interested." Sad a group that has such great content and an already established community isn't interested in moving it to the virtual space. Maybe if they listen to the podcast they'll see the value of Social Media.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Real Social Networking

Babson College the #1 rated school you've probably never heard of but should have.

After trying for twenty year then nine long months of labor has finally ended and it was a joyful occasion!

No, my kids are 16 and 18, this is my quest to publish. I got to present results from a joint research project at the Babson College CIMS program. This is so sweet, my first outside presentation - Bringing Web 2.0 to the enterprise.

So how does someone who a is "jack of trades" collaborate with the feature author from Harvard Business Review, Bala Iyer who wrote Reverse Engineering Google's Innovation Machine and speaks at the same conference as world class speaker, Thornton A May? Old fashion real world social networking.

It seems today everyone is buzzing about the latest social networking site or tool. In fact that was the topic my presentation. However, what I've found makes you successful is your real world social network - the flesh and blood one. I've alway had a large social network inside my company but it was at Babson College that I've been able to grow my my professional network.

If you are interested in high learning Boston is the place to be. By one count Boston has 50 colleges and universities. For the IT professional forget MIT, Harvard, and Northeastern - go straight to Wellesley and find Babson. It doesn't make any sense why this small school kicks these universities butt. Maybe it is because they don't have any doctorate programs or maybe they see IT as their niche.

If you are an IT professional go to a CIMS conference or one of their executive education classes. I know that going outside of my comfort zone and talking with Prof PJ Guinan was THE difference in my social network. To quote Thornton A. May "it is your network that keeps you safe." Yes use LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. but it isn't until you have the warm face to face interaction that you will have a real social network.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Innovation - what's missing implementation

What do CIO's think is the most important thing to create value? Innovation, according to CIO Magazine's state of the CIO 2008

It isn't surprising that innovation is a top priority of CIOs, look at the advertising the great IBM commercial Innovation Man , magazines, and books. Everyone is talking about innovation but, including IBM are DOing things that are innovate.

At my company we are committing 10% of our time and budget to innovation and we are measuring what we are doing. If you don't pay for it and measure it, how do you know you are doing it. Like Nike says "Do it!"

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Getting and Leveraging Ideas from People who work for you

Attended an IMS/Boston one day session on Corporate Creativity by Dr. Alan Robinson, UMass Amherst.

What I learned was many companies have idea systems that work really well. One company, Boardroom Inc., generates 104 ideas per person per year. No these aren't Dilbert numbers but the implement 90% of the ideas generated.

This was a harsh lesson for me. I have been part of a team responsible our division's innovation program. We have been working on an idea system and like most systems we got it wrong. We have a 50% solution. Mostly we got it right allowing people to submit ideas and comment on them was 100% spot on (correct). However the process of putting the idea into action wasn't going to work.

We need to focus the Ideas and route them to smaller groups closer to the problem space. Also this shouldn't be a suggestion system for someone else to go figured out, these have to be ideas that they are willing to take ownership/action on. This is an idea system...

Friday, June 8, 2007

Enterprise but Pricey

Listened to June 7th For Immediate Release Podcast. Lots of great interviews ... liked Niall Cook His company is entrepreneur friendly. He was able to create a start up which is a for the enterprise.

This was a home run for me since we are building a social bookmarking engine for my company. My hopes were dashed when I saw the pricing model - ~$1000/month for 500 users and $2 for each additional user. So for now we'll stay with extending scuttle (