Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership

We're passionate about what we do and believe that multi-party collaboration and business ecosystem development through technology communities is the best way to develop not only new technologies and standards, but also markets. 


We've assembled and developed materials from thought leaders that can help your efforts to be the most effective. See Articles and Board Support sections below to learn more.

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Board Support

Board Forward Newsletter

Board Forward is brought to you courtesy of SmithBucklin, the association management and professional services company more organizations turn to than any other. This resource provides insights and information valuable to volunteer board members.

Board Development & Education

SmithBucklin continually provides opportunities to the individuals who serve on the boards and committees of volunteer governed organizations to help improve their leadership skills and gain the knowledge necessary to continually move their organizations forward. Learn more.


Articles & Books

Benefits of Effective Collaboration for You and Your Organization

By Steve Crumb

Are businesses better off by collaborating with others, even with competitors? Are all collaboration approaches equal or are some models of collaboration more effective than others? What are the building blocks of effective collaboration? Significant value to your business and your own personal fulfillment can be found in the answers to these questions. Read more

In the Ecosystem Economy, What’s Your Strategy?

By Michael G. Jacobides

Competing is increasingly about identifying new ways to collaborate and connect rather than simply offering alternative value propositions. Read more

Innovation Driven by Disruption

by Deepak Kamlani, Founder, Inventures

High-tech markets are defined by neverending waves of innovation and change, with advances in technology simultaneously disrupting the status quo and creating new opportunities. In the past, a company could accomplish this individually, on the strength of its proprietary technology. In the last 20 years, the landscape has shifted dramatically and, today, collaboration between multiple stakeholders is necessary to transform markets and eliminate obstacles to growth. Read more

Standards and Competitive Technology Strategy

by Deepak Kamlani, Founder, Inventures

This article highlights the drivers for the creation of standards and their essential role in competitive technology strategy, particularly the generation of disruptive business models. Also discussed are the key standards issues that CTOs and CIOs should consider as they develop technology strategies for their supplier, partner, competitor, and employee value chains. Read more

Networks, Alliances and Partnerships in the Innovation Process (Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation)

Edited by John de la Mothe and Albert N. Link 

Why we should be concerned about networks, alliances, and partnerships in the innovation process in the 21st century. Read more

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Since 1992, innovative leaders have trusted Inventures to help them expand existing, or establish new, markets by introducing powerful solutions.

We help leaders with starting or transitioning existing alliances, then collaborating with them to grow the alliance or association and its accompanying ecosystem. Our globally tested best practices, state-of-the-art web-based systems and worry-free services have supported alliances, associations and business ecosystems of all sizes in a variety of industries.

As a subsidiary of SmithBucklin, the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other, our clients gain access to capabilities unmatched in the industry.

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