To innovate, companies must combine multiple and disparate areas of knowledge outside of their core businesses, and they must do it faster and faster. Accessing knowledge and talent has never been so easy and so difficult at the same time. It is easy, because new tools facilitate the task. It is difficult, because it requires finding the needle in the haystack. The problem is that the haystack is growing and the needle must be found more and more quickly.
Ten years ago, Facebook didn't exist. Ten years before that, the Internet didn’t exist. Following in the footsteps of the Industrial Revolution, the transition to new manufacturing processes during the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, and the second Industrial Revolution, also called the Technological Revolution, of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, we are on the verge of a third Industrial Revolution: the optimization of resources by using digital technologies. Are talent and knowledge resources like other resources? Work in the year 2030 won't look the same as it does today. Work, helped by digital tools, will probably be more flexible, fluid, freelance, collaborative, and less secure.
There are many questions. How will knowledge be accessed? How will top-level experts be engaged? How will these rapid changes affect the way companies manage innovation? What is the future organization of innovation in large corporations?
In this book, the authors provide an up-to-date overview of recent, disruptive trends that induce changes in the way large companies deal with innovation. Special attention is given to the impact of the digital wave.