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The New CMO in a Data-Driven Enterprise

Some of the most important data available to companies concerns what customers think. The role of corporate communications is no longer only outward, but as a two-way conduit for opinion and opportunities. Ford’s Jim Farley not only serves as corporate CMO, but also runs the Lincoln division, and is on the front lines of a new way to develop and market products. Watch video and read the full transcript here.   More

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180° Shift: How Games Help Shell Drill for Innovation Talent

Hans Haringa discusses how Shell's Game Changer program helps to identify successful idea proponents. Watch video and read the complete transcript here.   More

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John Hagel on How Businesses Build Around Innovation


John Hagel is a regular contributor for Techonomy and a director with Deloitte. He and John Seely Brown, co-chairs of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge, recently published a report tackling one of Techonomy’s central themes: How can institutions adapt to exponential technology change and reorganize themselves for “scalable efficiency?” Techonomy's Adam Ludwig interviewed Hagel by email about the key ways organizations can foster an innovative environment for learning and transformation.   More

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Think 3D Printing Is Exploding Now? Wait Till the Patents Expire

The MakerBot Replicator 2 desktop 3D printer

Last week 3D-printing industry watcher Terry Wohlers told Techonomy "the sky is the limit" when it comes to the technology's potential to transform manufacturing. Today, tech reporter Christopher Mims says you can look for the heavens to open up in February 2014. That's when patents are set to expire on "selective laser sintering," the key to industrial-grade 3D printing. Laser sintering 3D printers, writes Mims, can take a designer "from idea to finished product in a matter of hours, and create finished products to sell to the public."   More

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Social Is an Enterprise Feature

Hugo Sarrazin, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, discusses the emerging role of social media in business at Techonomy 2012 in Tucson, Ariz.   More

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The Real Key to Innovation: A Great Place to Work

The sandwich bar at Google's Mountain View headquarters (Photo by Andy Kuno)

In the echo chamber of discussion since Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer ordered her employees to end telecommuting and move back into the office, there’s been a general consensus that telecommuting may make employees happier, but it’s not always good for the company or—especially—innovation at a company.   More

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Companies Confront the Madness of Crowds

Technology evolves quickly and employees and customers migrate to the new, even while companies stay attached to “legacy” systems. As the digitized crowd gets more capabilities, how do companies react to communities both inside and outside their walls? The speakers on this Techonomy 2012 session are SoundCloud's Alex Ljung, Rob Tarkoff of Lithium Technologies, and Cisco's Padmasree Warrior. Hugo Sarrazin of McKinsey & Company moderates.   More

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EMC’s Joe Tucci

Joseph Tucci, Chairman and CEO of EMC, talks with Techonomy’s David Kirkpatrick at Techonomy 2012 in Tucson, Ariz.   More

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Where’s My Robot?

Your children may prefer their company, you may “hire” robotic workers, they may do our dirty work, and one may care for you in your old age. The future for robots seems boundless. Is there a limit to the invasion? Rodney Brooks of Rethink Robotics, MIT's Andrew McAfee, and John Markoff of The New York Times take a closer look at the present and future of robotics at the Techonomy 2012 conference in Tucson, Ariz.   More

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Working at Home: Mayer May Be Right

Marissa Mayer at Techonomy 2011

Does proximity matter for innovation? Marissa Mayer thinks it does, and has been getting chastised for it. The Yahoo CEO recently ordered her fellow Yahooligans to stop working from home and come into the office. She believes that proximity creates a better atmosphere for innovation. Yahoo’s human resources chief Jackie Reses explained in a memo: “Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings.” But that’s not where we’re supposed to be heading in the age of the Internet.   More

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Making Robots Better Team Players


Humans are intelligent, yet unpredictable. Robots are programmed to be predictably logical. Can they get along? These days they don't have much of a choice, as robots increasingly perform human tasks and work with human teams. As reported in SmartPlanet, researchers at MIT are examining ways to establish trustworthy and efficient relationships between humans and robots, using a cross training approach to team building. Their research shows that teams in which a robot and its human partner swap roles on different days become more efficient.   More

Business Management

New Google Engineering Director, Kurzweil to Turn Visions to Reality

Futurist, artificial intelligence pioneer, and author Ray Kurzweil announced Friday that he will start a new job on Monday, Dec. 17, as Director of Engineering for Google. The inventor says he will assist the company with tough computer science problems to turn "unrealistic" visions into reality.   More

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Using Quantified Self Tools to Ensure Workers Are Engaged

That monitoring employees' every move will make them miserable might seem like Management 101, but an engineer and a psychologist say employers could have happier workers through surveillance. The idea is to apply the tools of the quantified-self movement to assess worker engagement and satisfaction throughout the day. In a story called "Can Technology Make You Happy?" in IEEE Spectrum's December issue Kazuo Yano, a nanostructured-silicon device engineer at Hitachi Central Research Laboratory, and Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at University of California, Riverside, along with PhD candidate Joseph Chancellor report on their collaboration to measure worker well-being with wearable biometric sensors   More

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Working from Home Together: How Companies Use Collaboration Tools to Connect Home-based Workers

Working from home has become the norm for many corporate employees. One in five employees worldwide ‘telecommute' on a regular basis. In the United States, more than 26 million people work from home on a regular basis, according to the Telework 2011 report. And even workers who spend the majority of their time in the office often check email and do work tasks from home—with 80% of employees completing company work on weekends and evenings.   More

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Jack Dorsey on Working for Two Companies Full-Time

In this video from the "21st Century Individuals vs. 20th Century Organizations" session at Techonomy 2011 in Tucson, Ariz., Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick asks Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and co-founder and CEO of Square, how he juggles two full-time jobs. What it all comes down to, says Dorsey, is a lot of discipline and structure, not to mention a 16-hour workday.   More

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Gary Hamel on How Big Companies Inhibit Employee Creativity

In this video from Techonomy 2011 in Tucson, Ariz., Gary Hamel, director of Management Lab, challenges companies to let employees have the same financial and creative flexibility on the job that that they have at home. Why, he asks, can a woman in Bangladesh get a micro-loan more readily than the average frontline employee at a global 1000 company can get a small amount of money for something experimental?   More

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Rypple’s Daniel Debow on the Corporate Shift from Hierarchy to Social Network

Daniel Debow, co-founder and co-CEO of Rypple, describes how the old hierarchal model of business is being replaced by a model that resembles the social graph, the networking model popularized by Facebook that describes how people, places, trends, and other factors relate to each other.   More

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Salesforce Chatter’s Kendall Collins on the Correlation Between Productivity and Social Connectivity

Kendall Collins, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Saleforce Chatter, discusses how the correlation between productivity and social networks can be used to reproduce and leverage the traits of successful employees. While enterprise social networks are not a substitute for measuring business performance, he says there is a correlation between a successful employee's productivity and their connectivity on networks.   More

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Kevin Johnson of Juniper Networks on the Challenges of Disrupting Hierarchies

In this session from Techonomy 2011 in Tuscon, Ariz. Kevin Johnson, CEO of Juniper Networks, describes the different structural models businesses must evolve through, and the challenges they face in doing so. Moving from a hierarchical structure to a more networked workflow, he says, is against a lot of manager's intuition, yet essential to the development of a company.   More

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Marissa Mayer on Encouraging Idea-Sharing in the Workplace

In this session from Techonomy 2011 in Tuscon, Ariz., CEO of Yahoo! and former Vice President of Consumer Products at Google, describes how an open work environment in offices encourages networking and idea sharing. She says Google works hard to encourage a networked workplace, as opposed to a hierarchical one.   More