Happy new innovative 2010!

After a tumultuous year, executives are now rather hopeful about their nations’ economies and their companies’ prospects, according to a McKinsey global survey done during December 2009. The results show that just over half of executives continue to say that economic conditions are now better than they were in September 2008, and a majority expects customer demand for their companies’ products or services to rise in the near term.

More good news, according to the survey, is that after reporting a striking shift in favor of short-term planning early in 2009, executives say their companies are once again able to plan for the medium and long term—but also that they remain wary, assessing more options and checking progress more frequently than they did before the crisis.

This brighter outlook in combination with the growing recognition that innovation is no longer a strategic nicety; it is a strategic necessity, as Scott Anthony stated in a recent interview with InnovationManagement.se, puts an increased focus on the discipline of innovation management.

From the responses we get from you we know that there is a high demand for more knowledge and inspiration within the field of innovation management.

This is something we find very inspiring since we are convinced that working with innovation management is the best way for organizations to secure their future development and growth. And that´s why we are passionate about creating a place with the best possible content for innovation management professionals. At the moment we are working with the launching of some exciting new offers in February.

Frank Mattes

We are also expanding our team and are very happy to welcome Mr Frank Mattes as an editor for Germany. Frank has more than 15 years of experience in managing projects and innovation. He has worked for medium-sized national consulting companies as well as for The Boston Consulting Group. Additionally he was working at C-level for an IT company and a Professional services company. Frank´s focus in innovation is in designing processes / management systems and in Culture Change. He is also the author of several books and articles. Frank finished his studies in Germany and in the USA with a MSc in Applied Mathematics. Frank is currently working at www.hlp-online.de .

And as always, we are very interested in hearing what you have to say about the content at InnovationManagement.se and welcome your responses and comments!

Karin Wall
Chief Editor