Abstract: This paper examines new ways to extract more insights from the invention networks. We have developed a way of graphing the social influence, diversity of thought and creative intensity of inventors that visually identifies people that we believe are more likely to be the source of disruptive innovations and/or influential subject matter experts.
Organizations often find themselves becoming increasingly trapped by stale forms of thinking and doing business. They get into a rut! By the time they recognize the rut they are in, they may lack the ability to extract themselves from it. We propose a method for performing such an extraction by using concepts from a branch of cell biology called “epigenetics,” which studies the manner in which living cells are differentiated and stabilized by inner network processes and, in effect, also get into ruts. For the cell, stabilized ruts are necessary for development, but for the organization, they can lead to stagnation.