Innovations can emerge from novel combinations of two or more existing ideas—from low-tech to high-tech. Learn how to do this by fostering a culture of collaboration, creating virtual or in-person forums, and going on learning expeditions.
- Contrary to what many people believe,…Henry Ford did not invent the modern automobile,…that honor belongs to Karl Benz from Germany,…but Ford was the first to think of making…cars inexpensive enough to be a mass market item.…What was his solution?…Make cars on an assembly line,…and how did Henry Ford stumble upon this idea?…By visiting meat packing assembly lines.…
The Ford Motor story illustrates how powerful…innovations can emerge from novel combinations…of two or more existing ideas.…Automobile manufacturing and assembly lines…for meat packing were both preexisting ideas,…Henry Ford realized that these two disparate ideas…could be combined to create something entirely new…and different.…
Innovations resulting from novel combination…are all around us, from low tech to high tech.…Look at the extremely useful sandpaper,…which came out of gluing sand, a hard to handle abrasive,…onto paper, which is easy to manipulate.…What about Post-it notes?…The result of attaching a weak adhesive…onto pieces of paper.…
Or consider the electric toothbrush,…
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- Design thinking
- Lean startup
- Redefining customer value
- Digital transformation
- Social innovation
- Frugal innovation