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How Sanjay Jha Overhauled Motorola’s Culture November 8, 2009

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Any prediction of Motorola’s impending resurrection is probably premature.  However, their quarterly results look promising.  This recently published NYT BITS column interviews the new head of the cellphone division, Sanjay Jha, on some of his initiatives.

–Posted on behalf of Tom Lee, UC Berkeley

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Design Thinking September 17, 2009

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What insights did you gain from reading Design Thinking by Tim Brown, along with Innovation as a Learning Process – Embedding Design Thinking?

As the Future Catches You September 17, 2009

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What stood out for you in reading As the Future Catches You: How Genomics and Other Forces Are Changing Your Life, Work, Health and Wealth by Juan Enriquez?

Is there still a role for Six Sigma in today’s Design Thinking world? September 10, 2009

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Sara Beckman, Professor at Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, recently argued that Six Sigma and Design Thinking can and should coexist in the New York Times article, “Welcoming the New, Improving the Old.”

To survive, many businesses will have to figure out how to incorporate both approaches. Design thinking offers tools for exploring new markets and opportunities; Six Sigma skills can be applied to improve existing products. Companies that adhere strictly to one or the other risk failure. “The practices that make for success at one time can trap firms and contribute to their downfall at a later time,” says Bob Cole, a quality expert and professor emeritus at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.