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Jim Whitehurst: What are the limits of open innovation?

MIX Maverick and Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst says open innovation works better than coordinated innovation in areas where problems can be modular and where the innovation can be iterative.

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margaret-heffernan_1's picture

Very engaging ideas but there's a slight problem with the ending here: the Human Genome Project WAS a coordinated project. What's interesting about it is that there were 2 different ways of coordinating it, one of which proved more successful ultimately than the other.

grant-lichtman's picture

Thanks, Jim. I am new to this site but am going to be following it closely. Your comments about modularity are particularly appropriate to my field, K-12 education. I will submit some updates via MIX in the next few months as a group of prominent schools has come together to launch a very distributed effort to combine, leverage, and share ideas and curriculum to significantly shift how we educate our young people. The process of distributed innovation is not something that this community has been good at in the past but there is a massively strong sense that it is time to start, so I will helping to translate the great thinking that folks like you have done on innovation management into a language that school leaders can understand and act on.

manuel-j-martinez-iii's picture

Simply put, the application of science to designing things or its engineering concept can never be compromised, but in terms of what material to use, things of almost infinite size can be solved with open innovation.
In the same way, the now business management should never reach a point that no administration will exist anymore, but in terms of for what end and whose end are we administering it for.
Thanks Jim for opening up the subject that would send jitters to those new to the issue’s at stake.