|Visit the Debra
Amidon Events page to see current and upcoming presentations
|Boston Innovation Tour
-Boston, Massachusetts (24-28 September 2012)
-New York, NY (4-5 December 2009)
Oman 30th March - 3rd
-E100/AKEA Roundtable Video
November 13-17, 2004
November 1-3, 2004
March 21, 2003
-New York City
the E100 Authors
It has been only one short year
when we first invited a diagonal slice of the ENTOVATION®
network to participate in the Global Knowledge Leadership Map...
View the 61 countries (and
counting!) currently represented on Entovation®'s own Knowledge
N.B.: If your country does not yet appear represented, and you'd like to be
included please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Released by E100 Chris Geary, Integrated
Visions Group at the WSIE in Muscat, Oman
Tri-Volume Set of Books on
Knowledge Economics (Tartu University Press)
Entovation Press Room of activity, articles and reviews of 'The Innovation
Harnessing Intellectual Capital for Collaborative Advantage'
Harnessing Intellectual Capital for Collaborative Advantage
New Publication by Debra M. Amidon
Release Date: November 2002
ISBN: 0750675926 - Butterworth-Heinemann 2002
Chapter 1: A Global Imperative for
Literacy 2000 Study Guide
(FREE) for the Innovation SuperHighway...Read the book in groups -
enterprises, communities of practice and within/across nations and
regions of the world.
|Dr. Don Tapscott
Dr. Don Tapscott was announced the ENTOVATION KEN Practitioner of the Year 2012 in a ceremony that was part of the E100 Roundtable attended by ENTOVATION colleagues as part of the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship [WSIE] held in Boston September 26-28, 2012
|Dr. R.A. Mashelkar
Dr. R.A. Mashelkar was given the 2009 Ken Practitioner of the Year Award at the KAUST Inauguration Ceremony in Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Tayeb Kamali
Dr. Tayeb Kamli (UAE) awarded the
Practitioner of the Year Award at the E100/AKEA Roundtable in
Edward DeBono is announced the ENTOVATION KEN Practitioner of the Year
at the Festival of Thinkers in Abu Dhabi,
Radovanovic received the KIZ Student Prize (ppt)
Presented on January 21st by E100 Bryan Davis at the McMaster
Conference - For the thesis PDF, click here
Leif Edvinsson is announced the ENTOVATION KEN Practitioner of the Year
2004 in Barcelona, Spain.
Dr. Tom Malone is announced the ENTOVATION KEN Practitioner of the Year
2003 in a ceremony that was part of the E100
Roundtable attended by ENTOVATION
Bobby R. Inman, USN, (Ret.)
Admiral Inman is announced the ENTOVATION KEN Practitioner of the Year 2002 in
West Orange, New Jersey, in a ceremony that was part of the E100
Roundtable - 'Harnessing Collaborative Advantage' attended by ENTOVATION
colleagues from 17 countries.
|Vision of Knowledge :
This presentation of vignettes from the past, the present and future tracks the journey of Debra M. Amidon for the final course session of the Educational Doctorate Program at Regis College in Massachusetts, USA. It scans Knowledge Economy timelines, key modern-day concepts (including innovation eco-systems), the 3 Laws of Knowledge Dynamics, the state-of-the-practice (including social diagnostics) and where we might be headed.
|Toward an IC Bretton Woods: The New Innovation Frontier The Keynote presentation for the ICICKM 10th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning hosted by George Washington University in DC. The presentation scans the history of the profession-to-date and outlines what next mountains to climb.
|Benchlearning National Innovation Systems: A Keynote presentation for the 18th Baltics Dynamics Conference in Riga, Latvia. The presentation uses the Bretton Woods and Singing Revolution as context for reviewing progress from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe with recommendations how a cross-border innovation zone could provide leadership positioning in the Knowledge Economy.
|'Networking the Technopolis': A Story of Perspective' – keynote panel presentation for the 2013 Global Fellows Meeting of the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. Storyboard includes the evolution of 5 core concepts, the new 7V Factor of Big Data, a network predictor diagnostic and the 5 aspirations of the research agenda forward.
|Accelerating Transfer within an Innovation Ecosystem: A Story of Perspective - Keynote address for the 2012 Technology Transfer Summit of the US Department of Energy. Slides highlight the 25-year history along with core concepts of the Knowledge Economy, the Global Energy Marketplace and a P7 Methodology for innovation strategy.
|'The Managerial Legacy of Digital' : A tribute to Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation and the culture, values and practices that set the standard for the Knowledge Economy some 3 decades ago. Remarks were delivered at the dedication of the Science Building at Gordon College in 2008 and dovetail with the new PBS video available - Digital Man / Digital World released in 2012.
|InnovationManagement Magazine – A New Era of Collaboration (29 April 2011)
|InnovationDAILY – AAAS Annual Policy Forum: There’s a New Game in Town (31 May 2011)
|Boston Innovation Tour Launch – Welcome Italy to Boston
|Benchmarking Innovation Policies of Leading Countries – Debra M. Amidon contributes a major panel presentation for ITIF scoping the global activity for Knowledge Innovation Zones, new innovation performance measures and plans to prototype with a P7 methodology.
|Debra M. Amidon together with Ramon Barquin provided the closing panel for the 2009 Federal KM Conference in Washington, D.C. The title was: 'Toward the Development of a National Knowledge Innovation Strategy.'Remarks include an analysis of national innovation initiatives and current US ranking.|
|Debra M. Amidon provided the opening keynote for 2009 IFKAD - International Forum for Knowledge Asset Dynamics - hosted by the Intellectual Assets Centre in Glasgow. The title was "The Trapeze Parable": with a call for the Bretton Woods of the Knowledge Economy.
|Debra M. Amidon delivers remarks - Get Global: Becoming (Un)touchable in a Flattening World - at the Boston University 40th Alumni Reunion (24 October 2008).
|Debra M. Amidon delivers remarks at the Dedication of the Ken Olsen Discovery Center - The DIGITAL Management Legacy: Knowledge, Innovation and Collaborative Advantage - at Gordon College. Massachusetts (27 September 2008).
|Amidon interview is featured as "CEO University: Business Class" in the August 2008 issue of Boston Business Journal.
|Debra M. Amidon's Speech to the Arabian Knowledge Economy Association (AKEA) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (January 2008).
|Amidon is featured as ‘The Knowledge’ in the July/August issue of ” Inside Knowledge magazine.
featured in an interview for 'Effective
Executive', ICFIA (India)
Interview featured in the Arab News
Cordis News - September 2004 EU
should focus on leadership rather than competitiveness, says US
Management Magazine - Excerpts from this interview appear in
the 'Your Say' article of the September 2002 issue of KM Magazine
(Vol. 1 No. 6.) published by the Ark Group
engineering students (France)
talk to Debra M. Amidon
M. Amidon and Pasher Interview
M. Amidon's Speech to PDVSA
organization needs one competence to be successful in the knowledge
economy - the ability to innovate and to measure the performance
thereof. It is that simple and that complex.
|Remarks delivered as a keynote panel for the 2nd Global Knowledge Conference (GKII) sponsored by The Government of Malaysia and the Global Knowledge Partnership of the World Bank. The suggestion was made to substitute the word 'innovation' for 'information' in IT, ICT and CIO paving the way for an Innovation Technology Platform (7 March 2000).
This Primer - a compilation of hundreds of pages of articles -
provides you a window into the evolution of the knowledge movement, a variety
of facets of knowledge practice and a glimpse of the core trends and
future vision of the Knowledge Economy. The reader can follow how the
knowledge focus has provided a common language across functional
responsibilities, in different industries and from all corners of the
globe. Now available for all by clicking here: Global Knowledge Primer
Primer for Knowledge Innovation®
As a follow-up of the AOK discussion on Knowledge Architecture (see I3
UPDATE number 48) ENTOVATION International Ltd. has produced an
Architectural Primer for Knowledge Innovation. This 50 page document
describes the Why (knowledge value proposition), What (elements of
architecture) and the How (knowledge innovation strategy) of a
innovation architecture, including some useful graphics. Each chapter
contains a paragraph on frequently asked questions.
|Within Our Reach: This article which appeared in The Triangle (1981) was the 1st article ever published by Debra M. Amidon. It is a story about training for and running the Boston Marathon and the sisterhood bond of Sigma Kappa.
|iKNOW [Vol.3 #2] Issue on Knowledge Innovation: Special guest-edited issue from Bangkok University, with articles from E100 members: Vincent Ribiere [Thailand], Debra M. Amidon [USA], Manfred Bornemann [Austria], Oliver Schwabe [Germany], and Minna Damani [Canada]. Originally, the knowledge focus applied to the productivity of an enterprise. In the last two decades we have learned that it applies across all enterprises (profit and not-for-profit). It applies to all industries and all nations. Knowledge – as an asset to be managed – has leveled the playing field globally; and leaders are searching for leadership innovation strategies.
|Benchlearning National Innovation Systems: Dynamic Positioning for Industrialized, Developing and Emerging Economies:
From Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe, there is hardly a country (and/or region) which has not crafted a National Innovation Strategy to invigorate their innovation and entrepreneurial capability. Since all nations are mobilizing to position their unique history and technology prowess, savvy leaders have launched trans-border initiatives to leap-frog competitors on this new level playing field. The interaction and influence of the Baltics Dynamics as a ‘Zone of Innovation’ is one prime example, and is contrasted with Boston, Massachusetts, which ranks as the #1 Innovation Region in the world.
|Visualizing Action: A Recipe for Boston Innovation Success (co-authored with Dr. Oliver Schwabe)
In an era of Big Data, we are challenged to identify signals of progress. Where complexity and change are the norm, classical financial indicators are no longer sufficient. We demonstrate a unique tool for social and organizational networking analysis to provide insight with a picture for strategic planning and economic development using 15 Massachusetts enterprises [MA-15]. Published as an InnovationDAILY Exclusive.
|KM coming of age: A kaleidoscope of innovation opportunity: New article published by The Ark Group (December 2012) featuring how organizations have undergone unprecedented change. Who would have predicted the success of Google, eBay, iPhone, Facebook or the orb-like Tata Nano – even a few years ago? These are breakthroughs of sorts; the effect of a multiplicity of factors which, coming together, produce a certain result.
|Regulating Knowledge: The global economic meltdown has left us suspended between the old, outdated traditional financial measures of the past, and the new foundations for sustainable development that are in the process of being laid. Old rules do not apply, but the new rules do not yet exist. In the same way as the Bretton Woods conference established the rules for the international economic order after the devastation of World War Two, it is time to agree how the global Knowledge Economy will be regulated. Article published in Science-Business (7/9/09)
|SmartInnovators: You know the game has changed and how do you fit? Calibrate how you fit into the new knowledge economy with the new 15 value capital drivers (e.g., brand, reputation, diversity, environment, network, et al) and the P7 Blueprint from defining Purpose to Prosperity. Visit the article published in SmartPeople magazine (July 2009).
|Future of Innovation: In July 1944, in the midst of the last great war, world leaders abandoned gold as a currency in the hopes it would create a less combative world stage. Today, a global knowledge commonwealth is replacing the world of nations. We are dependent upon the knowledge and success of others across organizational and cultural boundaries. The new currency of intellectual capital – properly leveraged through human, relationship and structural capital – is an asset of abundance, not scarcity. Globalization demands new rules. Old rules no longer apply; new ones are being innovated. Contribution to the book – The Future of Innovation (Fall, 2009)
|RITSEC Proof-of-Concept: With USAID funding ENTOVATION and EUROFOCUS managed a Proof-of-Concept project with the Egyptian Government to iterate effective networked KIZs across the Ministries. The program ran for about one year with approximately 60 young high potentials from a dozen ministries have been certified, over 60 Knowledge Innovation® assessments performed, 12 major cross-ministerial project proposals developed, over 30 individual innovation projects defined, over 500 small projects defined and over 1500 innovative and viable ideas gathered.
|In the Knowledge Zone: Implications for India, the Region and Abroad’: At the invitation of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Debra M. Amidon delivered a Keynote address at the 2008 Knowledge Summit in Mumbai, India. Contents includes the innovation frontier, a tour of the KIZ world and the new performance indicators for knowledge enterprises worldwide.
|"A Knowledge Innovation Kaleidoscope": In 1992, Debra M. Amidon created a concept called Knowledge. This month (June 2008), the Institute for Certified Financial Accountants of India (ICFAI) produced a special issue of Effective Executive dedicated to the topic. Amidon's article features the compounding effects of the changes in a Knowledge Economy and a P7 blueprint for the managerial response.
|"Collaborating for Innovation: From Zone Concept to Practice": Building on a concept Amidon premiered in 1991, this article is featured in a special issue on Collaborative Advantage published by the Institute for Certified Financial Accountants of India (ICFAI). The core premise of the future is collaboration. This does not mean that organizations don't compete. This is inevitable. What it does mean is that the shift in orientation becomes one of sharing and leveraging one another for mutual success.
Innovation Super Highway: How to Manage, Measure and
Profit: Presentation delivered at Discovery 2007 for the 20th
anniversary celebration of the Ontario Centres of Excellence
(OCE). It includes the 20-year ENTOVATION journey, the three
interdependent performance lenses, Tour of the KIZ world, What
can be managed, how to create value and where we are headed
with Phase II of the Knowledge Innovation Zone Initiative.
|‘Managing the Knowledge Assets into the 21st Century’. The original 1987 Roundtable Proceedings – Managing Knowledge Assets into the 21st Century’ held at Purdue University, Indiana USA in conjunction with the Technology Transfer Society. This is one of the first published citings worldwide of the term ‘intellectual capital’ and focused on the three stages of the process of innovation – creation, translation and commercialization.
|‘MIT Thesis – Global Innovation Strategy: Creating Value Added Alliances’ : This published 1989 MIT thesis converts the innovation value-chain into a value system with a contrast of research alliances in the US, Europe and Japan.
Letter From Oman
Keynote for the e-Gov 2005 Conference - Five Principles for Homeland
Remarks for the Festival of Thinkers (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
Prosperity Paradox (pdf)
Architecting Sustainable Innovation for Knowledge Cities, Regions and
Get In The
Zone - Debra Amidon and Bryan Elliot Davis' Article in Knowledge
Management Magazine, Vol. 8, Issue 2 (pdf)
From Australia to Finland, Knowledge Innovation Zones (KIZ) are
emerging in the quest for sustainable growth and economic development
within cities, regions, countries and enterprises. Download the pdf
file of this article to discover the role of KIZs within the KM arena.
and links to the entire I3 Update/ENTOVATION News archive
Praxis of Knowledge Innovation: The Case for SME's
The kaleidoscopic dynamics of the knowledge economy are providing unprecedented opportunities for the smaller societal players. Their entrepreneurial leadership is heralding in an new era of collaborative advantage. This requires a fundamental understanding of new knowledge performance indicators, networked structures, knowledge roles and skills, innovation processes and collaborative technologies.
Innovation Superhighway', several vignettes were featured about
how people from many backgrounds and from across the world are coming
together, sharing and applying their knowledge to convert concepts and
dreams into plans, policies and programs for a more sustainable world.
This article outlines some of the developments.
Bretton Woods of the Knowledge Economy: ENTOVATION Roundtable in
designed as a unique event – a ‘happening’ in the knowledge
field…an experience where the expertise and aspirations of leaders
would be catapulted. Those participating in March 2003 were not
Globalization Isn't All Bad
power of the Internet, stone by stone, the walls separating nations
and cultures are being dismantled, replaced by a global community
dedicated to the improved well-being of all the world's citizens.
Trust: Knowledge Leaders Air Their Views
Economic Forum (WEF) heralds the year 2003 as the Year of TRUST, while
a recent Gallup Poll survey highlights the decline of people's trust
in institutions of all types.
of Collaborative Advantage - Austin on the SuperHighway
Latin America - PDVSA 4th International Knowledge Conference
Debra Amidon in Caracas,
Venezuela, for the 4th International Knowledge Conference;
and one wonders whatever they might do for an encore....
Colombia – A Nation in Innovation Swift Motion
Debra Amidon reports from Bogotá, Colombia, where she was guest of the National Planning Department for their 1st National
Conference on Innovation (1er Encuentro Nacional de Innovación).
A Local Culture Threat/Opportunity
Remarks prepared for Bentley College,
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2002
evolution is inevitable. The world is experiencing unprecedented change in
applications of knowledge, technology and know-how in every society. Most nations have launched major
initiatives to harness their inherent capability within a transnational
context. All has been done in the name of international competitiveness.
Economies have been transformed, communities revitalized, emerging
territories supported and industrialized nations repositioned. We have
much to learn from one another.
consort with the ENTOVATION Roundtable that was held in New York in
2002, an article - "Toward the Innovation SuperHighway" -
was published by the Ark Group in their KM Magazine. With permission,
we have been able to make it available to you. It provides a scope of
the potential of knowledge societies, the new knowledge value
proposition (beyond cost, quality and time), the globe as a network,
harnessing social capital, and the foundation for a new economic world
order based upon the flow of knowledge, innovation and international
the Article (in Adobe .pdf format).
The Adobe Acrobat reader is available free of charge at www.adobe.com.
Desert Knowledge Australia –
Sustainability, Harmony and Wealth Creation
What began as a consortium for knowledge creation and
innovation has become a legal entity designed to establish networks of
people – western culture and aboriginal community together –
undertaking the research, product development and marketing needed for
thriving desert economies.
Seventeen people attended an online collaboration on the Innovation Superhighway.
of the IC Minds: Highlights from Slovenia Coast
She came 20 hours by car – this woman from Serbia - Dr. Zorica
Uzelac, professor of Mathematics for the faculty of Technical Sciences
of the University of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia....
Decade of Knowledge Strategy: Results of a Major 2002 KM Study
1992 and the US State Department – together with the authorities in
Poland – launched a major Study Commission on Technological
Property as a Tool for Sustainability: Focus on WIPO
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an
international organization dedicated to promoting the use and
protection of works of the human spirit.
Singapore Providing Leadership for the Region
the International Productivity Conference (IPO), delegations from 18
member nations (representing 1/3 the world population) participated in
several days of thoughtful dialogue and exploration of how these
nations can create a sustainable future.
ENTOVATION Principles for Homeland Security
Five Principles for Homeland Security
offered to solicit your reactions and comments. Together, we could
crystallize a compelling message for leaders of this new world that is
‘innovating’ before our eyes.
Economies - US State
Problems/Promises for Russia
There have been several stories
written over the years about economies shifting to knowledge-based
strategies. Thanks to a recent
initiative by Sue Nelson of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research,
the US State Department convened a full day conference “to assess
the potential of Russia’s rich human capital...”
Innovation Voice - Conversation in Basque Country
International Association of Science and Technology Parks
“An invasion of
armies can be resisted,
but not the idea whose time has come.”
- Victor Hugo
Report on the 18th World Conference
of the IASP - a three day conference hosting delegates from 50
countries - Bilbao, Spain.
Knowledge Societies: Spotlight on Kuala Lumpur
Second Global Knowledge Partnership Conference (GKII)
“Information at the speed of
light. Instant communication.
Satellite services can place information on any spot with the
precision of a surgeon’s knife.
Our planet is ringed with data that practically circles the globe,
binding one continent to another.
We have become a global village, where a sneeze in the Tundra can be
heard in Antarctica.”
-The World Development Report 1999
Intangibles of Competition/Cooperation: Europe and Asia
A recent edition of I3 Update featured a story about innovation and
intangibles. For those who read to the end, there was a preview of a
new book co-edited by ENTOVATION colleague Parthasarathi Banerjee and
Frank-Jurgen Richter. Banerjee is one of the representatives from
India on the Global Knowledge Leadership Map. His comments - edited
from his interview are posted.
- Conversion to ‘Knowledge Factories’
knowledge profession has evolved, we have all realized that the
knowledge communities reside within and across all functions, sectors
and regions of the world. Perhaps the least well known is the
The world is
experiencing unprecedented change in applications of knowledge in
every dimension of development, growth, revitalization and
organization. The demands and opportunities of an interdependent
global economy have implications for private and public decision
making by enterprises and communities, whether local, national,
regional or global. Three underlying themes are fundamental to the new
infrastructure needed to create prosperity in this new economy...
Intellectual Capital (IC) of Nations
Knowledge Movement began, many thought that it was a matter of
productivity – and it was. However, it was only the tip of the
iceberg for the real potential
transformation underway. In 1992, ENTOVATION®
envisioned and defined Knowledge
Innovation®. Now, almost a decade later, the definition
has stood the test of time and there is evidence that, indeed, the
economic transformation is occurring on all three levels
simultaneously – micro-, meso- and macro-economic.
Intangibles Meet Innovation: Report on New Publications
most knowledge professionals are well aware, considerable progress has
been made toward identifying new Intellectual Capital measures as a
foundation for successful innovation. We can argue the precise
validity of the various formulas currently being explored, but the
reality is that “being roughly right is better than being precisely
wrong,” suggests Leif Edvinsson.
Knowledge Sun Rising in Japan
extraordinary economic success of Japan in the 1980’s, the knowledge
agenda is no secret to the Japanese. Indeed, the roots of the movement
in the United States are based in the relative technology transfer –
redefined as Knowledge Exchange – between the two nations.
Learn Day IV - ENTOVATION®
'sparkling' Global Learn Day IV was the equivalent of an international
intellectual marathon – broadcast live on the Internet. Read here about The
Network in 24-hours of Innovation Dialogue.
Learn Day IV
The event is
open to all. Participants can learn from the "best and the
brightest" in the world of education and technology through
interactive participation in real time and by way of synchronous (webcasting)
and asynchronous communications.
of Innovation Capital - Leveraging Collaborative Advantage
Excerpts from an article that first appeared in Business Excellence,
No. 1, World Trade Group (Summer 2000).
C’s of Knowledge Leadership: Innovating our Future
We are at the
dawn of a new millennium. The leadership required to carry us forward
may not resemble what was necessary in the past. These excerpts are
provided as an introduction to the complete article (co-authored by
Debra M. Amidon and Doug Macnamara), soon to be published in
the the 2001 Handbook of Business Strategy, Faulkner & Grey.
Virtual Knowledge Officer: Leading through Strategic Conversations
about knowledge' may be the most valuable expertise of all. Read this
excerpt from the forthcoming (May 2000) book "Knowledge
Management in Practice: Chief Knowledge Officers and Chief Learning
Officers", ASTD (American Society for Training and Development).
Innovation, Stupid and Bypassing
economy is not the tech economy, not the info age. It's about
harnessing people's intellectual capability, a visionary tells ANNA
TEO. Reprinted by permission from The Business Times (Singapore),
March 14, 2000. Written by Anna Tao.
of Knowledge Innovation®: Beyond Business Planning
sneak-preview, co-authored by Debra M. Amidon and Darius Mahdjoubi, to appear in the upcoming Year 2000 Handbook of Business Strategy:
A Comprehensive Resource Guide to Strategic Management to be published in
September 1999, by Faulkner & Gray.
|Knowledge Millennium Generation
Students from the University of
Cologne, Germany, have accomplished something extraordinary.
|Millennium Innovation: Born out of Practice
The discussion on
wealth was a comment on the last years of innovation.
of Knowledge Strategy
Now translated to: German, Russian,
|The Momentum of Knowledge Management
Now available in German, Russian,
Chinese and Japanese.
Services and Assessment Tools
|The ENTOVATION Gyroscope
is designed as an intensive fact-finding/reporting mechanism for
country/region leadership to identify and track critical economic
indicators integral to the vitality of a nation’s economy, resulting
in a shared vision, common language and leveraged worldwide
Information and a photo of the
most recent Knowledge Concert "Tour
de Knowledge Monde." Annual Senior Research Fellows Banquet sponsored by IC2
Institute, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (April 29,1999).
A recent concert occurred in
conjunction with Creating Wealth in the Knowledge Economy at Georgetown
University, Washington D.C. See Debra M. Amidon's Events Calendar for more information. The next scheduled concert is in
Caracas, Venezuela, on October 19, sponsored by PDVSA.
of Knowledge Innovation® Software
At last... Software to Support an Internal
Innovation Process -
Organizations need innovative products and services to meet the demands of an increasingly
sophisticated clientele. This software is now available for download or
delivered to you on CD.
popular Assessment Tool is now available in Chinese,