When one thinks of innovation in Southeast Asia, the images that typically come to mind are the gleaming skyscrapers of established major cities, such as the Singapore, Bangkok, or Kuala Lumpur, or the new, rapidly-growing mega-cities of Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) or Manila.  However, for all the economic prowess of certain parts of Southeast Asia,…

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Like the majority of the world’s population in April 2020, I find myself unable to implement my preferred method of innovation discovery.  Shelter-in-place, social distancing, and international border closures make it difficult to conduct innovation workshops or experience other cultures around the world as a way of finding new insights into problem-solving.  Although technology-enabled remote…

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I spent a great deal of time in 2018 traveling across the world in search of innovation insights.  In countries ranging from Colombia to China to Azerbaijan to Bosnia-Hercegovina, I found examples of cases where modern and ancient civilizations applied creative thinking to solve problems.  I presented these insights to the readers of Innovation Excellence…

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This is the third and final article in a three-part series that focuses on innovation in the three countries of the Caucasus – Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.  This article begins with an examination of innovation in Azerbaijan and provides a conclusion to the series. Azerbaijan The name Azerbaijan means land of fire, derived from the…

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This is the first article in a three-part series that focuses on innovation in the three countries of the Caucasus – Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.  This article presents an introduction to the region and then continues with an examination of innovation in Armenia. Although several geographic regions claim to be the “crossroads of civilization,” the…

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Innovators often face the challenge of determining the optimal location for their work efforts.  For a large enterprise, the decision is often between a central location, such as a corporate headquarters, and a remote location, such as a manufacturing facility.  At first glance, one might think that locating an innovation program at a headquarters location…

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This is the second article in a two-part series addressing innovation in China.  The first part addressed the archaeological treasure trove of the city of Xi’an and its surroundings.  This article focuses on the better-known cities of Shanghai – China’s financial capital – and Beijing – China’s political capital.  While both cities contain a wealth…

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The topic of innovation in China is receiving a great deal of attention lately.  As China’s economy continues to grow at a brisk rate and its GDP appears headed to surpass that of the United States, many observers are wondering whether China is poised to become the leading superpower of the 21st century.  Statistically, China…

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