Collaborative Innovation

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    Going Once, Going Twice, Going Three Times: Selling Your Idea

    November 12, 2015 | By:

    People cannot appreciate the value your idea offers if you fail to convey its relative advantage.

    In this article, the innovation architect Doug Collins shares a simple, good example of telling the right story at the right time to the right audience. Save this one for your clip file.

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    Innovation Decimation: Refined Sugar and the iPhone

    October 27, 2015 | By:

    I see no value in waiting until New Year’s Day to resolve to improve myself. “Now is as good as time as any,” makes more sense to me. Last month I resolved to make two changes which, if I succeed in maintaining the alterations, promise to benefit me. In this article, I share my view on these changes, the immediate effect they have had on me, and their relation to the practice of collaborative innovation.

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    Sound Judgment and Strategic Partnerships

    July 24, 2015 | By:

    Business alliances remain a tricky thing. On the one hand, alliances allow companies to tap into new markets and growth platforms. At the same time, forming alliances is risky, as it demands trust building and deep knowledge sharing with external parties. This article provides a pathway for successfully managing business alliance formation.

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    Building an Effective Corporate Incubator / Accelerator: A New Approach

    March 17, 2015 | By:

    With so much focus on establishing corporate innovation incubators and accelerators, more attention needs to be paid to maintaining effective employee connections back into the business units that will support the newly formed ideas.

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    Outside / Inside Innovation: Combining Open Innovation with Employee Networks to Drive Success

    February 19, 2015 | By:

    As business leaders seek additional impact from Innovation Programs, new ways to leverage and scale existing resources are being explored. One approach is to link externally sourced ideas with networks of innovation-minded employees, to generate additional business impact.

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    Intrapreneurs, Catalysts, Champions, etc: The Changing Needs Within Innovation Development

    December 18, 2014 | By:

    In part three of this series Anthony Ferrier considers why organizations are seeking ways to identify, engage and drive their employees towards innovative activities, with titles such as Intrapreneaurs, Innovation Catalysts, Innovation Champions, etc.

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    Learning From Innovation Hubs: Fluidity, Serendipity, and Community Combined

    December 15, 2014 | By:

    Innovation hubs are popping up from Addis to Amsterdam and Boston to Bangalore. Fuelled by ideals of openness, community and collaboration, hubs aim to be the next orgware for innovation—beyond business incubators and R&D labs. Managers, policymakers and investors have taken note, but are grappling with how to engage. What makes hubs so appealing and can they teach innovation managers anything new?

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    Activities To Support Your Employee Intrapreneurs

    December 8, 2014 | By:

    In part two of this series looking at ways organizations can support intrapreneaurs, Anthony Ferrier suggests a list of strategies and approaches to improve the effectiveness of intrapreneurs in your organisation.

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    Fueling Your Employees’ Entrepreneurial Spirit: A New Approach to Intrapreneurs and the Value They Create

    December 1, 2014 | By:

    Cast your mind back, to pre-2008 times, when bright and bushy tailed graduates would come out of business school looking for roles in the relevant employers of choice. Generally those organizations were large businesses, providing incentives such as expensive dinners, a career advancement path and generous financial packages.

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    What Is An Employee Innovation Network, And Why Should You Care?

    August 22, 2014 | By:

    As Innovation Program leaders look to expand their scope and influence across complex, global organizations, they are turning to the development of Employee Innovation Networks. This article examines what these networks can look like, and provides some high level overview of the value that they can generate.

  • Introducing the IDC Captivate Program for Collaborative Innovation

    Introducing the IDC Captivate Program for Collaborative Innovation

    August 20, 2013 | By:

    People who pursue collaborative innovation wrestle with how best to describe the practice to their colleagues and to the larger community. How best to paint a compelling picture of the practice which encourages others to engage in ideation? In this article innovation architect Doug Collins paints a picture by way of drafting a communication from a senior practice leader to fictional organization Intriguing Design Corporation (IDC).

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    Thinking of Creating an Innovation Centre of Excellence? Think again.

    August 14, 2013 | By:

    Organizations create centers of excellence to distill and disseminate best practices on any number of topics. Using this approach to support collaborative innovation has certain drawbacks, however. In this article Doug Collins identifies the drawbacks and explores an alternative way to support collaborative innovation which respects the tenets of the practice by adopting principles from the Montessori Method.

  • Internal Communications, Meet Collaborative Innovation

    Internal Communications, Meet Collaborative Innovation

    August 6, 2013 | By:

    Groups handling internal communications within their organizations experiment with engaging employees through virtual forums. These forums create space for collaboration. In time, meaningful collaboration foments a culture of innovation. How might internal communications advance this culture? How might they secure deeper engagement? In this article innovation architect Doug Collins explores how securing deeper commitment between organization and employee opens the door to deeper engagement.

  • Negotiating Win-Win Strategic Innovation Partnerships

    Negotiating Win-Win Strategic Innovation Partnerships

    August 5, 2013 | By:

    Recognizing that every collaborative endeavor is unique and should be evaluated on its own merits, companies must do their homework before starting to work together. Successful innovation collaborations start with a clear understanding of how each company wants to benefit from the partnership, and how they will work toward a win-win outcome. This article highlights matters to be considered and memorialized in this formative stage of a partnership.

  • In this article innovation architect Doug Collins explores the most critical steps for people who see the practice as a means of transforming the organization.

    Three Ways to Achieve Breakthrough Innovation

    July 23, 2013 | By:

    How might you foment authentic breakthroughs through collaborative innovation? The fuzzy front end, by name and nature, fails to lend itself to foregone conclusions. Yet, as the innovation practitioner, you can take certain steps that increase the likelihood of achieving breakthroughs. In this article innovation architect Doug Collins explores the most critical steps for people who see the practice as a means of transforming the organization.

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