Some people say “Open Innovation” isn’t all that innovative. Of course they’re right, trends in business are rarely new, they are far more likely to be retreads, even if it’s just a new sum of old parts. Someone was practicing pieces of Lean Manufacturing before Taichi Ohno and Shigeo Shingo, just like someone was doing mass production before Henry Ford. But the pages of history can’t fit everyone, so many become forgotten. Did you know that two people (possibly more) invented calculus, but it’s Sir Isaac that gets the blame. Do you even know who Gottfried Leibniz is? Of course you don’t.
Now to the question titling this blog entry. Do you want to know the answer? Well, then you’ll just have to read my latest column in Time Compression Magazine. If you are so inclined, click here.