The full conference program of the MCPC 2011 has been released.

In addition to hundreds of CEOs, Founders, Directors, and Practice Leaders of the companies that apply and support mass customization, customer co-creation and open innovation successfully, many of the world’s leading researchers in these areas will present latest findings in an accessible way. Some of the presenters involved:

  • Henry Chesbrough (Professor of UC Berkeley)
  • Frank Piller (Professor of RWTH/MIT)
  • Kent Larson (MIT Media Lab)
  • Joseph Pine (Strategic Horizons)
  • Chris Anderson (Wired Magazine)
  • Ashish Chatterjee (Director of Connect+Develop at Procter & Gamble)
  • Andy Zygna (CEO of Nine Sigma)
  • John Jacobsen (Head of Engineering at Quirky)
  • Derek Elley (CEO of Ponoko)
  • Nik Pinkston (Founder of Cloudfab)
  • Mark Hatch (CEO of TechShop)
  • Cathy Benko (Vice Chairman and Chief Talent Officer of Deloitte U.S. Firms)
  • And many more representants from Threadless, Ford Motor Corp, Reebok…

The interactive conference format of the MCPC 2011, supported by the proximity to the Silicon Valley / Bay Area entrepreneurship and investment community, allows for deep interaction and networking between the participants.

Also, before the main conference (Nov 18-19), a special business seminar will provide executable frameworks for the management of mass customization and open innovation and a focused view on future topics.

You can now join the conference in a lively exchange on best practices, case studies, success factors and open business models that focus on the top management and leadership issues and / or provide deep insights into specific design parameters of the tools and technologies behind open co-creation and mass customization. Some selected topics of presentations and panels at the MCPC include:

  • Setting up a mass customization business model
  • The market for mass customization
  • Defining a customer co-creation initiative that works
  • Managing customer-centric supply chains and fulfillment
  • Design elements of successful configuration toolkits
  • Metrics for open innovation
  • Implementing open innovation in an R&D organization
  • Learning from failures of the early pioneers
  • Getting VC investments for business models for MCP
  • Optimal incentives for internal and external participants
  • Getting corporate buy-in for customer co-design and OI
  • And much more…

By the way, the MCKN platform (see previous post), will be advertised to such auditorium during the event.

Frank Piller (RWTH/MIT)

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El proyecto Remplanet (financiado por el séptimo programa marco europeo), está en su mes 29 (finalizará en abril 2012), siendo su objetivo fundamental la I+D+i en modelos, metodologías y herramientas (software) para el desarrollo de productos – procesos – cadenas de suministro flexibles y eficientes ante escenarios de mercado que demandan productos y servicios con alto grado de personalización, a precios y tiempos de entrega reducidos [ver nota de prensa donde se comentan los ejes de trabajo principales de Remplanet].

A lo largo de estos meses se han ido concretando muchos de los resultados explotables del proyecto, y en este sentido queremos presentaros uno de ellos: la plataforma MCKN (Mass Customization Knowledge Network). Esta plataforma, gestionada desde RWTHFrankPiller, se encuentra en fase beta y aspira a convertirse en el punto de encuentro europeo para todos aquellos interesados, tanto desde el plano I+D+i, como de la práctica empresarial, en el ámbito de la personalización en masa (“sobre cómo hacer-servir productos-servicios personalizados de forma competitiva”).

 

La plataforma MCKN consta de varias secciones que permiten avanzar progresivamente en el (re)conocimiento de los problemas y la identificación de soluciones, tanto actuales como en desarrollo, en el mundo de la personalización en masa:

  • wiki glosario,
  • repositorio de documentos,
  • posts eventos,
  • red social / comunidad, y
  • un mercado de problemas-soluciones que en este primer momento está funcionando únicamente como foro y en un futuro próximo como mercado de innovación tipo innocentive para la personalización en masa.

De modo que desde aquí os invitamos a todos aquellos interesados en la personalización en masa a daros un paseo por la plataforma, registraros, y adentraros en el mundo del diseño, desarrollo, y comercialización de productos-servicios personalizados, a precios y tiempos de entrega reducidos.

Eduardo Castellano (Ikerlan-IK4) y Frank Piller (RWTH/MIT)

Al hilo del título del post anterior, pero esta vez en clave de innovación-emprendizaje, este post va dedicado a una muy interesante iniciativa que se está desarrollando en el seno de la Corporación MONDRAGON: El BAC (Business Acceleration Center) MONDRAGON.  

Al más puro estilo Co-Society, el BAC, con las señas de identidad propias de la Corporación MONDRAGON, e impulsado desde el Centro de Promoción Corporativo, tiene como objetivo dar un salto cualitativo en la intensidad emprendedora como estrategia de transformación de MONDRAGON (+83.000 trabajadores).

El BAC de MONDRAGON es una estructura especializada destinada a dinamizar los procesos de lanzamiento de iniciativas empresariales en la Corporación MONDRAGON mediante el fomento de nuevos negocios generados a través de la intercooperación, siendo sus actividades principales:

  1. Prospectiva de espacios de oportunidad para nuevos negocios basados en la intercooperación.
  2. Orquestar la arquitectura de la participación, creando puentes entre las empresas comprometidas con el emprendizaje colaborativo.
  3. Identificación y captación de líderes para los proyectos interempresariales.
  4. Difusión de las actividades, la dinámica de trabajo y los resultados del emprendizaje colaborativo.
  5. Mecanismos de gestión del BAC y de sus proyectos

Dentro del marco de encuentros BAC, esta semana he tenido la suerte de asistir, desde Ikerlan-IK4, al encuentro DREAMWORKS del BAC de MONDRAGON sobre Centros de Emprendimiento. El mismo ha sido toda una escenificación de cómo un hub como el BAC puede facilitar conexiones improbables entre acciones y actores de diversa naturaleza (Universidad, Centros Tecnológicos, Empresas, Divisiones Sectoriales, Centros de Promoción, etc…), dando un sentido de coherencia y creando un ecosistema de personas que comparten una visión común; el emprendizaje en colaboración como proceso de transformación clave para afrontar con ilusión un presente-futuro de lo más retador.

Elkarbide es el lugar web donde seguir las iniciativas, de toda índole, que están orbitando alrededor de este apasionante ecosistema de innovación y emprendizaje llamado BAC de MONDRAGON. Allí nos vemos…

Eduardo Castellano

Uno de los proyectos en que más ilusión me hace trabajar es un Living Lab en el cual estamos colaborando en su diseño. Al hilo de este apasionante proyecto quiero dejar aquí un par de notas que pueden ser de interés.

En primer lugar unos sitios básicos por los cuales empezar para situarse en el mundo de los living labs:

En segundo lugar, recordar el próximo II Living Labs Summer School 2011 que se celebrará en Barcelona los próximos días (29/08 – 02/09), en concreto en el Citilab Cornellà:

The Living Labs Summer School is the annual gathering of people interested in learning how to innovate through Living Labs.  Sponsored by the European Network of Living Labs (EnoLL), the Summer School  tries to create a permanent open school of innovators, where experienced leaders of Living  Labs and future practitioners could develop a peer to peer learning environment. Started successfully in Paris last year, this second edition will be organized by Citilab.

  • Bringing real Living Labs experiences trying to clarify what a living lab is about
  • Experience Innovation in real settings (participating in outdoor Living Lab activities)
  • Helping  to start and develop your own Living Lab project
  • Discussing sustainability and business models for Living Labs
  • Collect, disseminate and exchange new learning methods for Living labs
  • Build and strengthen international networks
  • Identify emergent Living Lab themes, common future activities and future roadmapping

[Enlace a algunos documentos del evento]

En los próximos meses se irán materializando muchas de las ideas-propuestas que estamos trabajando respecto a este proyecto así que en breve tendréis más noticias del mismo.

Eduardo Castellano

Esta Edición Especial en la revista “Production Planning & Control” presenta una excelente selección de 10 artículos que desarrollan diferentes conceptos, métodos y herramientas, así como modelos de negocio y casos de estudio, alrededor del tema de redes de innovación.

Production Planning & Control: The Management of Operations; Volume 22, Issue 5 & 6, 2011

Artículos Originales:

Collaborative networked organisations and customer communities: value co-creation and co-innovation in the networking era (by David Romero; Arturo Molina)

  • Romero and Molina present an overview on network structures as a source of joint value creation and open innovation. The paper describes a literature review on value co-creation and co-innovation concepts and styles, and proposes a reference framework for creating ‘interface networks’ as enablers for linking networked organisations and customer communities to support the establishment of sustainable user-driven and collaborative innovation networks.

Improving distributed innovation processes in virtual organisations through the evaluation of collaboration intensities (by Jens Eschenbächer; Marcus Seifert; Klaus-Dieter Thoben)

  • Eschenbächer et al. present a collaborative network relationship analysis framework in their work – Improving Distributed Innovation Processes in Virtual Organisations through the Evaluation of Collaboration Intensities – as a strategic tool to study ‘collaboration intensities’ to support the management of distributed innovation processes in networked environments. The article includes a set of case studies to demonstrate the applicability of this tool in improving the distributed innovation processes that take place within virtual organisations.

How teams in networked organisations develop collaborative capability: processes, critical incidents and success factors (by Sebastian Ulbrich; Heide Troitzsch; Fred van den Anker; Adrian Plüss; Charles Huber)

  • Ulbrich et al. present a study on ‘collaborative capability’ of teams in networked organisations focusing on the capabilities of single organisations and on their group dynamics to identify six critical success factors for successful collaboration and network management in co-innovation processes. The study was carried-out in three networked organisations.

Extended competencies model for collaborative networks (by João Rosas; Patrícia Macedo; Luis M. Camarinha-Matos)

  • Rosas et al. undertakes the assessment of organisations’ hard and soft competencies in order to help networked organisations to find ‘competencies fitness’ to better select their network partners. The assessment tool is based on an extended competencies model that allows the construction of adjusted competencies profiles and levels to determine the competency requirements of collaboration opportunities such as co-innovation initiatives in industrial contexts.

On modelling evolution of trust in organisations towards mediating collaboration (by Simon Samwel Msanjila; Hamideh Afsarmanesh)

  • Msanjila and Afsarmanesh address the evolution of ‘trustworthiness’ as a way to raise the understanding of trust concept and its applicability to enhance and mediate collaboration among organisations. Their paper studies different trust models in organisations as well as the characterisation of the lifecycle of trust to establish fruitful collaborations, and introduces a trust management system as a tool to enhance and mediate trust evolution in collaborative innovation networks.

Supporting collaborative project management ( by Martin Ollus; Kim Jansson; Iris Karvonen; Mikko Uoti; Heli Riikonen)

  • Ollus et al. present an innovative approach for ‘collaborative project management’ focusing on the support of collaboration and communication in globally distributed projects. Their proposal includes a collaborative project management tool intended for supporting projects’ aims alignment and bridging the possible gaps that may exist within collaborative projects (e.g. co-innovation projects).

A balanced scorecard for measuring the impact of industry-university collaboration (by Ahmed Al-Ashaab; Myrna Flores; Athanasia Doultsinou; Andrea Magyar)

  • Al-Ashaab et al. introduce an adapted Balanced Scorecard as a measurement tool to assess the impact of collaborative research projects under an ‘open innovation strategy’.Their contribution proposes a scorecard model to measure the outcomes of collaborative research and presents two case studies of how companies are using this tool to measure their innovation outcomes.

Agile Business Models: an approach to support collaborative networks (by Leandro Loss; Servane Crave)

  • Loss and Crave explore the concept of the ‘agile business models’ for collaborative networks and identify the levers and barriers for developing innovative business models for co-innovation networks.

A comprehensive framework for collaborative networked innovation (by Luis Berasategi; Joseba Arana; Eduardo Castellano)

  • Berasategi et al. present an innovation framework including a reference model, a set of analysis tools and a methodology for implementing co-innovation processes within collaborative networks. The framework was developed based on the findings of an action research project carried out in real collaborative innovation networks.

Enhancing collaboration in communities of professionals using a Living Lab approach (by Steffen Budweg; Hans Schaffers; Rudolf Ruland; Kjetil Kristensen; Wolfgang Prinz)

  • Budweg et al. introduce a living lab approach focused on community building and active user involvement in the process of developing and evaluating new collaboration concepts and tools in user-centric and co-innovation networks. Their paper presents a valuable framework to facilitate innovation in collaborative work environments to enhance professional communities.

David Romero (ITESM)

Hope you enjoy it!

Kind regards,

Frank Piller (RWTH/MIT)