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Collaboration

Networks that can power innovation are invisible.  The term "social capital"  first appeared in the 1880s, but its popularity took off a century later in the 1990s. [caption id="attachment_1083" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Google Ngram Viewer. Books.google.com. Retrieved 4/5/2017.[/caption] Yet, naming these social networks does not help us visualize,...

The discipline of agile strategy is designed for open, loosely connected networks. These networks do not stand still. They are complex and shifting.  How do we design and guide collaborations in the midst of this complexity? In a seminal Harvard Business Review article some years ago,...

Kansas State was one of the first universities to bite down hard on agile strategy. Working with Jeff Tucker and Dale Wunderlich  at the Advanced Manufacturing Institute,  we have introduced Strategic Doing to a number of different groups throughout Kansas.  At the end of the...

For the past month, the Lab has been working with NASA's Space Biology program, a unit that is spread across three centers -- Ames, Johnson and Kennedy --  and NASA headquarters in Washington. The program faces some complex challenges. It is a relatively small program...

Our international network of universities continues to grow. With these partners, we are developing and deploying new tools, frameworks and platforms of agile strategy. In our discussions with Gary Harris, Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, we began exploring how we could share what we...

In a global economy that runs on knowledge and networks, research universities occupy a unique, keystone position. Former NYU president John Sexton outlined this role in a 2005  speech, "Dogmatism and Complexity: Civil Discourse and the Research University". Sexton points out that in a political...

Commercialization of federally funded research at universities faces a bewildering array of obstacles. The reason: innovation — the translation of knowledge into value (or money) — emerges from continuous knowledge flows. Unfortunately, these knowledge flows can be easily blocked in multiple ways. Taken together, these knowledge...

At the Agile Strategy Lab, we are working on new models of strategy specifically designed for open, loosely connected networks. Not surprisingly, we get a lot of calls from people frustrated with traditional strategic planning and asking if we can help. Consider: An engineer at a...

It's about to get ugly. In the coming years, state and local financial pressures will be relentlessly increasing. Economic growth will not generate enough momentum to take our state and local governments out of the hole. As the US General Accountability Office has demonstrated, operating deficits...

Spend only a few minutes in the business press, and it’s easy to see that collaboration is all the rage. Yet, collaboration is easy to talk about, but difficult to do. Over the past decade, a small team at Purdue University has been exploring how to design...