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Overview over Publicly Available Lessons Learned

As a result from a recent discussion in LinkedIn’s “KM Edge Group”, you will find below as a most useful knowledge management resource a list of publicly available Lessons Learned.

Aerospace Lessons Learned:

see also Transportation and Logistics Lessons Learned

Construction Industries Lessons Learned:

Energy Sector Lessons Learned:

see also Marine Industries Lessons Learned

Finance Sector Lessons Learned:

Marine Industries Lessons Learned:

Public Policy-Making, Government and Administration Lessons Learned:

Transportation and Logistics Lessons Learned:

News from the Knowledge Society: News Non-Knowledge of German Adolescents – an alarming study?

Adolscents have alarmingly little knowledge about headline news, found a new study of Technical University Dresden, funded by DFG.

Quotes from the final report:

“The younger the citizens the less they have encountered news on politics and current affairs: 24 percent of the adolescents, 34 percent of the young adults, and 42 percent of the older adults were aware of both most important news items. Moving from awareness to information intake an average of 42 percent of all respondents not only had heard about the two most important news items but also received information about it as well. Young people again got less information than the other age groups. Only one out of four of the 14 to 17 year olds informed him- or herself about at least one news topic. The differences in the news sources between the age groups are only marginal here: all age groups inform themselves primarily via television. Traditional mass media still dominates the exposure to news. Only ten percent of the youngest and 18 percent of the middle age group stated the internet as their source of information”

“Social media play a certain but moderate role only for drawing attention to top news: 13 percent of the adolescents who heard of the news topic online caught attention in a social network, 2 percent in blogs”

“How irrelevant news can be to young people is also seen in their interpersonal communication about current events. The youngest age group talks significantly less about the relevant news of the day than do the older age groups. Considering that the frequency of discussions influences political knowledge, news comprehension and political interest [...] this result is alarming. Once people talk about current events there is no difference between the age groups concerning the subject areas: It is again the ‘hot’ subject areas of the survey that are most frequently mentioned.”

And from the report’s final resumee: “The sources, however, do not differ very much between the age groups. Internet and social media play only a marginal role for daily news information, even for the younger generation. In terms of quality of the news it is the profession, not the platform that counts. Professional media, and here predominantly the press, and semi-professional media (that more or less cover the professional media) offer a much higher quality than blogs”

About the study design:

The study was based on three major evidences (declining news use and interest in politics and current events, changing information behavior, increasing tabloidization of political news content). Methodological approach: (1) a representative survey of the German population (n=1,800; disproportional sample by age groups) conducted from April to June 2010;  (2) the subsequent quantitative content analysis (field time February to March 2011) examined the news quality on the issues in respondents’ information sources.

Wolfgang Donsbach: News exposure and news knowledge of adolescents, Final Report, online at: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Donsbach is Chair of Communication I, Department of Communication at the Technische Universität Dresden.

‘Growing With Innovations’ – Interview in the KHS competence 02.2011 Journal

KHS competence: Growing With InnovationsRegardless of whether companies generate strong sales or have to watch costs carefully when things aren’t going so well, the systematic management of innovations is at risk of being neglected. This is a fatal, creeping process. KHS competence talked to Tobias Müller-Prothmann, head of innovation management at Pumacy Technologies AG, about the appropriate handling of innovations.

KHS Competence: Dr Müller-Prothmann, it’s a long way from a brilliant idea to an innovative product that prevails on the market. When is innovation management successful?
Dr Müller-Prothmann: Innovation management itself doesn’t generate new ideas, and it doesn’t market new technologies. Rather, it supports the whole process from the early phase of idea generation to implementation to ensure that in the end a new product or service will prevail on the market. This, then, is the success.

Where do the enemies of innovations lurk in companies?
When a company is doing well, everyone focuses on growth, while in bad times the focus is on costs. Systematic innovation management can easily be neglected.

Click here to continue reading the complete interview…

Innovation Networks – contribution to George A. Barnett’s Encyclopedia of Social Networks (SAGE Publications)

Use and integration of external information and knowledge resources provide a major contribution to a company’s innovation processes and outcomes. While focusing on their specific roles is not a new issue of recent research or management practice, external knowledge, meanwhile, has become increasingly important during the last decades. Today, collaboration in innovation networks likely plays a more important role than ever before.

Upsurge in Innovation Networks

Already in the 1960s, key findings of empirical research focused on the role of external sources for the generation of innovation and thus, on the importance of boundary-spanning networks for a company’s research and development (R&D) activities. Until that time, most innovation research was a little systematic, more or less anecdotal or purely technical. Even economists such as Joseph Schumpeter did not study the specific features of actual innovations in any depth. During the late 1960s, research started to demonstrate the vital importance of external information networks and of collaboration with customers, suppliers, research institutes, universities, and other R&D partners during the product development process. As documented by Roy Rothwell and colleagues, the SAPPHO project was one of the most comprehensive empirical studies, which is representative of research on innovation at this time. Among the most important characteristics for the success and failure of innovation as identified in the project are user needs and networks, coupling of development, production, and marketing activities, linkage with external sources of scientific and technical information and advice, and concentration of high-quality R&D resources on the innovative project. These characteristics already show the primary importance of networks and external resources as critical factors for the success and failure of innovation. Moreover, the results of the project already stressed the importance of both formal and informal networks.

Continue reading the whole article by Tobias Müller-Prothmann: “Innovation Networks”, in: George A. Barnett (ed.): Encyclopedia of Social Networks, pp. 416-418. London: SAGE Publications.

About the Encyclopedia of Social Networks (Source:

This two-volume encyclopedia provides a thorough introduction to the wide-ranging, fast-developing field of social networking, a much-needed resource at a time when new social networks or “communities” seem to spring up on the internet every day. Social networks, or groupings of individuals tied by one or more specific types of interests or interdependencies ranging from likes and dislikes, or disease transmission to the “old boy” network or overlapping circles of friends, have been in existence for longer than services such as Facebook or YouTube; analysis of these networks emphasizes the relationships within the network . This reference resource offers comprehensive coverage of the theory and research within the social sciences that has sprung from the analysis of such groupings, with accompanying definitions, measures, and research.

Featuring approximately 350 signed entries, along with approximately 40 media clips, organized alphabetically and offering cross-references and suggestions for further readings, this encyclopedia opens with a thematic Reader’s Guide in the front that groups related entries by topics. A Chronology offers the reader historical perspective on the study of social networks. This two-volume reference work is a must-have resource for libraries serving researchers interested in the various fields related to social networks.

SSRN’s Top Ten: Paper about our Integrated Innovation Maturity Model listed on SSRN’s top download list

“I²MM – INTEGRATED INNOVATION MATURITY MODEL FOR LEAN ASSESSMENT OF INNOVATION CAPABILITY” was recently listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for Change Management Strategy eJournal, POL: Innovation & Strategy (Topic) and Product Innovation eJournal. You may view the abstract and download statistics at

Click on the following link to view the Top Ten list for the journal Change Management Strategy eJournal Top Ten, POL: Innovation & Strategy (Topic) Top Ten and Product Innovation eJournal Top Ten.

You can access the selection of my papers on SSRN at: