When Ideas Combine to Solve a Problem

Source: HBR, Apr 2016

Take a look at any significant innovation, and the myth of the lone genius and the “eureka moment” breaks down.

First, a big idea or a new discovery is never enough. For any innovation to have an impact, there needs to be a discovery on an important insight; a viable, scalable solution; and, finally, a business model that allows the new idea to be adopted.

Truly breakthrough innovations are not a single event, nor are they achieved by one person, or even within a single organization. Rather, they are when ideas combine to solve important problems.


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