According to this Fast Company article, Hidden Asset, Tom Davenport (a professor of information technology and management at Babson College, and a fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance Business) is the most influential business guru you’ve never heard of. He discussed such things as reengineering, knowledge management, and enterprise systems before anyone else and was an early advocate of corporate innovation. Still is, here presenting his eight-point game plan for winning with ideas.
Right now, we’re just starting to emerge from an economic and an idea recession, a protracted hunkering-down phase. But the signs are starting to point to the return of an idea phase. We’re seeing some growth in the economy, and people are talking about innovation again. And even in this conservative climate, smart companies are still in search of performance-boosting initiatives. … Bottom line: If I was an idea practitioner working within a company, right now I’d be cautiously raising some trial balloons for new initiatives that will enhance my business.