Innovation Network Time Lapse – NSWCCD 1963-2010

The following time lapse movie depicts the growth of a government laboratory’s innovation network from the time frame of 1963 to 2010. The innovation network is comprised of 705 lab employees who filed 685 patents during that time. Each node in the network represents an employee and a link between any two nodes represents one or more inventions in which they were co-inventors.
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Using IP to Visualize and Characterize an Organizations Capacity for Innovation

Innovation is a social phenomenon. New knowledge is generated and propagates at the speed of trust in connected and motivated networks of creative people. Based on work done with the US Navy this talk explains how intellectual property can be used to visualize and characterize an organization’s capacity for innovation, and further, by making the invisible innovation networks visible, how these insights can guide Leadership in designing and implementing actions to increase innovation.
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What’s In Your Innovation Backbone?

Authors: Dr. Morton Tavel, Mike Jensen, Gary Markovits, Devin Markovits & Blake Markovits

Facebook and Twitter are popular and successful examples of social media. Successes made possible by their underlying network structure. Networks enable connections and interactions that only a generation ago were impossible. Today, network insights are being used to understand complex systems such as disease epidemics, the electric grid and consumer adoption behaviors.

Why use networks to study innovation? No doubt innovation has a high degree of social content. Many innovations are created by the social interaction of groups and similarly, innovations are adopted by consumers in a socially based manner. So, it is reasonable that a network model should provide powerful insights.
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