Organization & Culture

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    Taking Innovation Training to the Next Level: Integration With Employee Networks

    April 16, 2014 | By:

    In the previous two whitepapers of this series we examined both the benefits of innovation training and areas of innovation skills that mid-to-junior level employees can be taught. In this installment we will address an important topic that is often missing from innovation training / education programs: How to build effective employee networks that support employees who have been trained around with new innovation skills.

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    Soft is Hard to Change: The Challenge of aligning HR with Open Innovation

    April 14, 2014 | By:

    The fourth theme addressed by MOOI is the relation between Open Innovation and Human Resource Management. This article delves deeper into the few articles that have arisen on HR and OI in the academic and professional literatures and the lessons that can be drawn from these existing sources. It also shares some of the take aways from the MOOI-forum discussions on this particular topic focus.

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    Managing consumer behavior in ideation contests

    April 11, 2014 | By:

    Increasingly many consumers are interested in becoming an active part in idea generation. The increasing online connectedness and emerging methods and platforms for co-creation provide consumers with the opportunity to play a greater role in the exchanges with companies and their value creation. The TIM Research Group of RWTH Aachen University is working on a study about the management of ideation contests, and seeking the input of InnovationManagement.se readers.

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    Can Innovation Be Learnt?

    April 9, 2014 | By:

    The first whitepaper in this series focused on the benefits generated from training employees in innovation skills. A natural extension of that approach is to now focus on what innovation training really means to an organization. In other words, what actually is innovation training, and more importantly, can innovation be learnt?

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    Organizational processes and structures supporting open innovation

    April 4, 2014 | By:

    Open innovation cannot be implemented in companies without the right organizational structure and processes supporting it. What are these organizational structures and processes that facilitate open innovation in companies? They determine the success of open innovation practices and, therefore, this theme clearly deserves more attention from managers. It is surprising that very few academic and professional articles have been written about this topic.

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    Ten Ways to Motivate Employees to be More Innovative

    April 4, 2014 | By:

    You love your employees, and, obviously, you think they do awesome work, or else you probably wouldn’t have hired them. Yet, do you ever find yourself wishing they could become a little bit more innovative? After all, the companies that are thriving in today’s competitive marketplace are also some of the most creative.

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    For all Departments: How can IP help HR, R&D, Sales & Marketing, Production, Finance & Purchase, CEO or Owner?

    April 3, 2014 | By:

    The patent database, with its 69 million documents is one of the richest resources of knowledge worldwide. The real key to its application is the refined ways to distil the relevant information. This article will highlight novel patent research, and its relevance for each department of a typical company.

  • Why Bother? The Value of Training Your Employees Around Innovation

    Why Bother? The Value of Training Your Employees Around Innovation

    March 31, 2014 | By:

    Many successful innovation programs are extending their offerings to include training efforts for employees around the skills of innovation. This whitepaper (the first in a series of four) examines the benefits of such an approach for companies, innovation program leaders, and the employees who participate.

  • Pushing the boundaries – part 1: Understanding the different “faces” of open innovation

    Pushing the Boundaries – Part 1: Understanding the Different “Faces” of Open Innovation

    March 28, 2014 | By:

    The MOOI-forum is in its 4th month now, focusing on Human Resources Management and Open Innovation as monthly theme. Every month, great discussions emerge on the forum. One topic that came back each month but remained somewhat in the background is what we could label “the different faces of open innovation”.

  • Mind the Gap! 5 Tips on How to Align Your Boss’ Perception of Innovation Maturity with Reality

    Mind the Gap! 5 Tips on How to Align Your Boss’ Perception of Innovation Maturity with Reality

    March 24, 2014 | By:

    The Fourth Product Portfolio Management Benchmark Study identified challenges organizations face in speeding innovation to bring products to market. The biggest disconnect appears between middle management and executives as to where the organization is with their innovation maturity. Bridging this gap may be the most important thing you do to improve ROI.

  • Balancing Innovation Via Organizational Ambidexterity

    Balancing Innovation via Organizational Ambidexterity – Part 3

    March 12, 2014 | By:

    The optimal balancing of radical and incremental innovation is becoming a Key Success Factor in many industries. Organizational ambidexterity is the approach to achieve this. With a best-in-class ambidextrous set-up, firms can become innovation leader.

  • The Industrial Menopause and What to Do About It

    The Industrial Menopause and What to Do About It

    March 5, 2014 | By:

    It seems to be more or less a fact that the more mature a company is, the harder it is to produce something totally new that deviates substantially to what has been done earlier. In order to understand this phenomenon better Bengt Järrehult makes a comparison between human and industrial life, trying to elucidate the similarities and differences between the 2 worlds.

  • The Dirty Maple Flooring Company Enters the Digital Age: Part 12

    The Dirty Maple Flooring Company Enters the Digital Age: Part 12

    February 18, 2014 | By:

    Part twelve of the series finds the Idea Mill Program for collaborative innovation bearing fruit in authentic, unexpected ways. Do we have the courage to nurture the right environment in the knowledge—the faith—that good outcomes will result? That people will see the chance to realize their potential for leadership, and take it? Lastly, is it wise, ever, to order the vegetarian special menu for lunch at the local watering hole that features scenes from the hunt on its walls?

  • New Book from Stanford Professors on Scaling Up Excellence

    New Book from Stanford Professors on Scaling Up Excellence

    February 6, 2014 | By:

    Stanford University Professors Hayagreeva (Huggy) Rao and Bob Sutton are addressing the “problem of more” in business with their new book, Scaling up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less. Together, They unpack the principles that help to cascade excellence throughout an organization, as well as provide strategy on eliminating destructive beliefs and behaviors that will hold them back.

  • Seven Steps to Creating a Successful Innovation Framework

    Seven Steps to Creating a Successful Innovation Framework

    January 27, 2014 | By:

    Heidi Hattendorf, director of Innovation Development, Motorola Solutions takes a deep dive into how you can create an innovation framework at your company that will positively impact your business results and culture. The article describes seven steps that will help you implement an “inside out” approach to innovation at your company.

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