Rob Hoehn

Rob Hoehn is the co-founder and CEO of IdeaScale : the largest open innovation software platform in the world. Hoehn launched crowdsourcing software as part of the open government initiative and IdeaScale's robust portfolio now includes many other industry notables, such as EA Sports, NBC, NASA, Xerox and many others. Prior to IdeaScale, Hoehn was Vice President of Client Services at Survey Analytics.

All articles by Rob Hoehn:

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    How Idea Implementation is Like Legislating

    Oct 02, 2017 | In: Organization & Culture

    In a recent audit of site content on InnovationManagement.se, site publishers noticed that although there is a great deal of information about how to architect and run idea management programs, there isn’t a whole lot of information about how to implement ideas.

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    How do We Nurture Innovators?

    Sep 25, 2017 | In: Organization & Culture

    More and more companies are looking to understand and identify innovation talent. Why? Because if companies understand how to encourage original thought and reward innovation efforts, they’re more likely to stay relevant and at the top of their game. Not to mention that they’re far more likely to attract and retain top talent that is interested in working for a company that is forward-thinking and rewards creative effort.

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    A Commitment to Diversity is a Commitment to Innovation

    Sep 11, 2017 | In: Organization & Culture

    The more you allow disparate ideas to mingle and collide, the more you maximize your chances for true innovative thought to emerge. Learn all of this and more in a complimentary white paper about why innovators want to nurture workforce diversity.

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    Security and Innovation Management

    Aug 21, 2017 | In: Life Cycle Processes

    Systems security is one of the top five concerns for business executives this year. In the past two years, we’ve had some very troubling and very public data breaches of systems that we use every day. So it’s no wonder that the government (and other sectors) are prioritizing security for cloud software this year. But why are they doing it? Well, there are four key reasons that security matters for innovation management systems in particular:

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    How Innovation Fuels a Sense of Purpose in the Workplace

    Aug 07, 2017 | In: Organization & Culture

    Drawing a connection between innovation and workplace purpose often eludes companies looking to hire the best people for their teams. Let’s take a look at what needs to happen to make this possible.

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    How do You Develop Standards for Innovation Management?

    Jul 24, 2017 | In: Strategies

    ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with members in 163 different countries. Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant International Standards that assist particularly in facilitating international trade.

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    How Open Innovation Can Be Used in the Financial Sector

    Jul 05, 2017 | In: Strategies

    In a recent article, The Financial Brand discussed the biggest threats to the financial and banking industry. They included a long list of everything from profitability to making good hiring decisions. However, we thought that there were a few problems that could be particularly fruitful when applied to open innovation systems.

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    The Part of the Innovation Process that Everyone Forgets

    Jun 13, 2017 | In: Strategies

    One of the biggest challenges to innovation is the middle part of the process – where most of the work is happening behind the scenes. As your innovation campaign progresses, you must continue to instill excitement across all team members, and find ways to reengage them as advocates. In this case study, we’ll examine how Dick’s Sporting Goods engaged their employees in product development and effectively encouraged them to participate in their innovation community.

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    A New Emerging Practice: Innovation Communications

    May 22, 2017 | In: Strategy

    Closed innovation is a thing of the past. Scalable, open innovation as a business practice has yielded the most dramatic and successful results – and communication and connection with your audience is essential to success. By engaging through at least four of eight channels (website, email, social, public relations, partners, events, offline, and beyond), a robust communications process and schedule can yield valuable insights to help you innovate better.

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    What Skills Are Rated Most Difficult When it Comes to Innovation? (The Answer Might Surprise You)

    May 09, 2017 | In: Strategy

    A common misconception is that innovation can’t be taught. Similar to how some people believe that artists are born, not made – innovation has often seemed to be the purview of the great thinkers, the elite, people whose creativity is given, not a matter of practice…

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    Implementation is Your New Competitive Advantage

    Apr 17, 2017 | In: Strategies

    When it comes to implementation there are three things that companies ought to be thinking about in order to maintain a competitive advantage: process, feedback, and the importance of having multiple stakeholders from the beginning. Learn more in this Open Innovation Guide from IdeaScale.

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    Citizen Science and Market Research: How the Public Can Help Prioritize

    Apr 03, 2017 | In: Strategies

    Regardless of whether the workplace is a public or private entity, departments often struggle to prioritize assigned projects, and align individual projects with overall objectives. In this case study, we’ll explore how the National Cancer Institute implemented crowdsourcing to enable the research community and the public to submit ideas on how best to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer – and how as a result, they were able to prioritize existing research and initiatives into areas where additional resources were needed the most.

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    What Do the Best Innovation Programs Have in Common?

    Mar 20, 2017 | In: Strategies

    An in-house innovation program is becoming a common fixture in the most competitive organizations. However, in a recessed economy, these research & development programs can sometimes get eliminated, because they struggle to prove or articulate value.

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    Great Innovators as Great Mentors: Is This a Skill You’re Nurturing?

    Mar 13, 2017 | In: Organization & Culture

    Companies that are looking to gain a competitive edge are also looking for the innovators among them. But what do innovators look like?

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    5 Reasons Sustainability Drives Innovation

    Feb 20, 2017 | In: Strategies, Trend Alert

    Sustainability is one of the key emerging trends in recent years. But much like innovation, it is a maturing discipline with few established business practices and lots of evolving methodologies. Sustainability champions at organizations often face the same challenges that innovation champions do: lack of senior level buy-in, lack of process, lack of resources. The benefits of successful sustainability and successful innovation are similar, as well: a competitive advantage, improved profit margins, and better brand sentiment from employees and customers.

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