[E100 Alert] - Inaugural Book-of-the-Month: 13 July 2004

Dear E100:

The leaders are learners...and the learners are leaders.

It is a privilege to announce 'The Innovation SuperHighway' has been selected for an inaugural program event for the Book-of-the-Month by KnowledgeBoard, the European KM community. Thanks to the efforts of a new E100 Sami Kazi (Finland) and Ron Dvir (Israel), we have planned a seminar in July; and I hope to see as many E100 there as possible!

Date: July 13th, 2004
Time: 14:00 BST, 15:00 CET, 09:00 USA East Time.
Location: KnowledgeBoard

[Note: Seats in the conference are limited to 100, so I recommend signing in advance. Also, the event is only scheduled for an hour which passes quickly, so offer your insights early in the game!]

Many of you may not have had a chance to scan the book and its contents - which, by the way, provides the story of the E100 Network evolution and synthesized trends - according to YOUR words! For others, it could be a chance to revisit the stories and reflect on how your own work fits into this new innovation frontier. Once you visit the KnowledgeBoard site, you will find several items:

Book Segmentation:

    Part I The Innovation Frontier
    Part II Architecting a Future
    Part III The Globe as a Network
    Part IV Innovation Leadership in Practice
    Part V The Millennium Vision

The Collaborative Foreword produced by Leif Edvinsson (Sweden), Hubert Saint-Onge (Canada) and Joachim Doering (Germany).

Some review quotes:
"A globally leading knowledge pioneer for decades visualizes the emerging patterns of the future. This book is a milestone in the knowledge field."  - Leif Edvinsson, CEO of UNIC and author of Intellectual Capital and Corporate Longitude

"Provides a sustainable path forward in what is a defining moment in the history of our society. We should all take heed." - Dr. Thomas F. Malone, Distinguished Scholar Emeritus, North Carolina State University

Book Review by Marcus Birkenkrahe (Germany).

You might also want to visit the substantial additions in our PressRoom.

Article published in KM Magazine (pdf)

Some illustrative PowerPoint slides (ppt)

MOST important: to prepare for this major event, a Study Guide was developed, so the book could be read in groups and management teams. The questions are outlined below, but detailed instructions may be found. And so, if you have NOT seen the book, I urge you to secure a copy and explore for YOUR perspective some of the questions! Read it - in advance - with your colleagues. Come to the dialogue table on the 13th with YOUR own insights and learnings - even since the book has been published. We are all writing epilogues daily...and many of them can be captured on this electronic forum. Come meet your E100 colleagues and discover new practitioners sharing similar aspirations!

Let us illustrate the validity of the book subtitle - Harnessing Intellectual Capital for Collaborative Advantage!

Innovating our future...together.


P.S. And if you plan to join us, let me know so I may be able to provide proper welcome!

Study Guide for The Innovation SuperHighway

What follows is an outline of the book and questions for each chapter to stimulate the conversation about your own insights and observations. The dialogue can occur face-to-face, electronic or a blending of both. It may be held within the context of an organization, a community of practice and/or groups that - by design - connect disciplines, sectors, or regions of the world. Most important, let us know your progress...

Chapter Scope Purpose Discussion Questions
1. Global Imperative for Sustainability - The Why? Innovation Frontier To position knowledge strategy as a fundamental evolution, not a fad. Q1. What pivotal events have you observed shaping the knowledge economy?

Q2. What are the knowledge implications to the variables for sustainable growth?

2. Knowledge Value Proposition - The What? Innovation Frontier To identify the three pivotal elements which resolve the productivity paradox. Q1. Using Figure 2-1, identify successful initiatives that balance all 3 elements.

Q2. Using Figure 2-2, examine your experience and examples of Knowledge Innovation.

3. Planning to Innovation - The How? Innovation Frontier To illustrate how to migrate beyond traditional business planning. Q1. What are the relative advantages of an enterprise-wide innovation strategy?

Q2. Chart your current and desired status on each of the 10 dimensions on Pg. 40.

4. Knowledge Performance Economics Architecting a Future To explore the trends, strategies and progress in modern IC measurement. Q1. Review the architectural considerations (Pg. 64).

Q2. Name some successful examples of these concepts in practice.

5. Knowledge Structures Architecting a Future To explore the trends strategies and progress in modern organizational structures/networks. Q1. Review the architectural considerations (Pg. 79).

Q2. Name some successful examples of these concepts in practice.

6. Knowledge Workers Architecting a Future To explore the trends, strategies and progress at the individual level. Q1. Review the architectural considerations (Pg. 94).

Q2. Name some successful examples of these concepts in practice.

7. Knowledge Processes Architecting a Future To explore the trends, strategies and progress through the innovation cycle. Q1. Review the architectural considerations (Pg. 109).

Q2. Name some successful examples of these concepts in practice.

8. Knowledge Processing Technology Architecting a Future To explore the trends, strategies and progress in computer and communications technology. Q1. Review the architectural considerations (Pg. 123-124).

Q2. Name some successful examples of these concepts in practice.

9. Case Study ENTOVATION Globe as a Network To provide a working example of a global virtual community - problems and promise. Q1. What are some other lessons of virtual networks - strengths and weakness?

Q2. How can social capital successfully be developed (and preserved) over time?

10. Global Momentum Globe as a Network To report on the collective wisdom of the E100 from interviews. Q1. Meet the Entovation 100 on the Global Knowledge Leadership Map!

Q2. Answer the questions on page 153 for yourself; and share insights.

11. Trends of Innovation Strategy Globe as a Network To report on the trends within the 10 dimensions of innovation strategy. Q1. Are the 5 meta-views (Table 11.1) representative of your own observations?

Q2. Calibrate your priority areas for focused attention on the Figure on Pg. 180.

12. The 7 C's Innovation Leadership To outline what is different about leadership in the Knowledge Economy. Q1. Is there agreement in the importance of the 7C's? What's missing?

Q2. Take (and share your results of) the Leadership Litmus Test - Pg. 218.

13. Ken Practitioners Innovation Leadership To provide diverse facets of expertise and experience of global theorists and practitioners. Q1. Name examples of people you admire and from whom you have learned.

Q2. What are the benefits of harnessing collaborative (not competitive) advantage?

14. Innovation Infrastructures Innovation Leadership To offer some illustrative examples of global interdependence - superhighways in action.  Q1. Provide some other examples (i.e., societal, regional, national and enterprise).

Q2. How could these be managed differently as 'portals of information'?

15. Knowledge Millennium Generation  Millennium Vision To illustrate how our future - the youth of the world - is connecting for innovation purpose. Q1. Name other knowledge initiatives - local or international - with/for youth.

Q2. How can this new generation of social entrepreneurs be better supported?

16. Blueprint for 21st Century Innovation  Millennium Vision To provide the case and foundation for prosperous innovation strategy. Q1. Name your planning assumptions to manage our future as an asset (Pg. 303).

Q2. Using Figure 16.2, can we architect more sustainable enterprises and world?

17. World Trade of Ideas Millennium Vision To review our lessons learned in a context of unprecedented opportunity.  Q1. Is your own vision consistent with the E100 interviews (Pg. 319)? 

Q2. How can we ensure The Innovation SuperHighway reaches its full potential?


"The world is now our manageable landscape. Connections are made East-to-West, North-to-South with many nodes in between. But The Innovation SuperHighway is not only a physical infrastructure, albeit technical and electronic. It is human - a function of insight, interaction and imagination resident in the minds, hearts and hands of people around the globe." - Cover description


Debra M. Amidon
Founder and CEO
ENTOVATION International Ltd.
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Wilmington, MA 01887 USA
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"Innovating our future...together."

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