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March 16, 2015 | By: Boris Pluskowski
They say variety is “the spice of life” – but in our working lives, it’s the spice, ingredients and a good portion of the kitchen equipment too. In striving to build comprehensive and sustainable enterprise innovation programs however, too often I see companies then ignoring the need for diversity – both in the reach and composition of their programmes. We are long past the days where a company’s growth can be sustained with innovation from a few solitary individuals in a lab or conference room. Innovation nowadays needs to be a singular mindset across the entire company – with executives not just asking, but instead requiring collaborative input from across the organisation as they look to solve the strategic and tactical problems that stand in the way of progress.
December 30, 2014 | By: Doug Collins
2014 leaves us with a number of mega-innovations that feel tantalizingly close to becoming part of—and improving—our daily lives. The driverless car. Commercial applications of graphene. Reliable, accessible renewable energy. Personalized medicine based on our genome. The reinvention of commercial air travel as a relaxing, invigorating experience. Okay—that last one may be a bit of a stretch. Perhaps the best expressions of innovation, as with charity, begin at home. With that thought, I leave you, the innovation practitioner, with a couple wishes for the new year.
November 17, 2014 | By: Anthony Ferrier
How do innovation leaders access additional resources to enhance the scale and impact of their efforts across complex, global organizations?
October 14, 2014 | By: Cyril Bouquet and Chloé Renault
In cities all over the world an ugly war is being fought by “traditional” taxi companies against a new form of competition from Uber and other ride-sharing services. This article points out three things traditional taxi companies have in common with businesses of the past.
September 11, 2014 | By: Anthony Ferrier
There are plenty of examples of innovation program failure at large organizations. In this article, I examine the key markers that I have observed, that indicate a program may be in trouble and at risk of failure.
September 9, 2014 | By: Doug Collins
Organizations, embracing innovation, have taken the seemingly logical step of designating people to help “foment a culture of innovation.” Enter the chief innovation officer.
July 29, 2014 | By: Doug Collins
Our columnist Doug Collins began the Dirty Maple Flooring Company tale last fall. Twenty episodes later, the story in which Dirty Maple embraces collaborative innovation has come to an end.
May 20, 2014 | By: Doug Collins
In this episode, the leaders of the Idea Mill Program for Collaborative Innovation engage Dirty Maple CEO Harry Lundstrom to secure funding for the long term. How might the organization fund a collaborative innovation program—and justify doing so? What space—physical and conceptual—does this funding open for people?
May 6, 2014 | By: Simon Dewulf
This article brings the 6 step method of AULIVE. A case study of surfboard innovation is illustrating the process.
December 26, 2013 | By: David Dumeresque
Global business is currently undergoing one of the most significant changes seen in the last thirty years. What commenced as a computer hardware revolution in the 1980s has now given way to a software revolution that is impacting every organisation, a revolution which is accelerating at such a rate that many businesses are having difficulty keeping pace.
December 18, 2013 | By: Jørn Bang Andersen
In 2011 The World Economic Forum had focus on the Nordic Model as a case of a region, which had came out the financial crunch better than most other regions. In February 2013 The Economist had a feature article titled ’The Nordic Countries – The Next Supermodel” stating that politicians from both right and left could learn from the Nordic countries. The question is would Schumpeter agree today?
December 12, 2013 | By: Bengt Järrehult
How come that upper middle managers and entrepreneurs look at things in different ways? The answer lies partly in their personality types. It is known that certain personality types work better in certain situations than other. This is also valid for the innovation area, as Bengt Järrehult describes below.
November 11, 2013 | By: Costis Kompis and George Tsekouras
Strategic alliances are an effective way to provide diversity of resources and gain entry to new knowledge and markets. Large corporations have entered recently into alliances with public sector organizations to support innovation in SMEs, combining private and public policy agendas. This article looks into the structure and management of these strategic alliances, their strong practices and inhibitors and how they impact the different parties involved.
September 12, 2013 | By: Paul Sloane
We are living in an increasingly litigious age. The number of lawsuits brought against the British National Health Service has doubled in the last four years. The fear of litigation and the real possibility of been found guilty of medical malpractice are inhibiting hospitals and doctors from trying promising new ideas in the treatment of deadly illnesses.
August 13, 2013 | By: Haydn Shaughnessy
Amy Radin became one of America’s first Chief Innovation Officers when Citigroup appointed her to the role in 2005. She is currently Chief Innovation officer at E*Trade Financial, the leading online discount stock brokerage. Amy talks to Innovation Management about what it takes to be a head up on innovation in a major corporation.