Archive for March, 2016

Book Review: Open Innovation

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Today’s engineers and managers are tasked with ever-growing activities and expectations.  One arena, in particular, in which we are challenged is innovation. Not only are process engineers being asked to increase production, we are also faced with rapidly changing markets on a global basis. A recent trend in innovation has begun to recognize the role of the customer in process, product, and service development. This is the topic of the book Open Innovation edited by Charles Noble, Serdar Durmusoglu, and Abbie Griffin.

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How One Toy Company Gets Open Innovation Right

Saturday, March 5th, 2016



Every year around this time, I get a little nostalgic for Toy Fair. My first real job at age 27 was at the toy startup, Worlds of Wonder. On my first trip to New York City for the trade show, I stumbled upon one of my early designs in the toy store FAO Schwarz. With one notable exception, licensing my ideas to toy companies proved challenging when I struck out on my own. I’ll always be grateful to the industry for celebrating inventors, though. It gave me my start.


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