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    7 key decisions behind innovation success. A roadmap to master innovation

    April 23, 2014 | By: | In: Strategies

    As innovation practitioners, few of us would refute that decision-making is one of the biggest progress-halting problems in corporations pursuing innovation as a continuous process. This article introduces a hands-on tool to help innovators, management members and corporate boards to follow a visual, utterly practical method to “consider” (as opposed to evaluate) new projects and their possible implications in their companies’ future. The tool in turn, fosters lean communication and inclusive understanding among diverse participants, claiming that, by following its structure, innovation is not only possible, but repeatable.

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    The Dirty Maple Flooring Company Enters the Digital Age: Part 14

    April 22, 2014 | By: | In: Life Cycle Processes, The Dirty Maple Flooring Company Enters the Digital Age

    Part fourteen of the series finds our leader Charlie Bangbang and his team resolving their first collaborative innovation challenge for the Idea Mill Program. How did it go? What did they do? And, is it to serve mett wurst for lunch, ahead of an afternoon collaboration session?

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    Innovation Networks in Action – A Case Study

    April 21, 2014 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    In this fourth and final installment in this whitepaper series, we examine a live case study of where both innovation training and network development have been actively managed and sustained within Intuit, an IT organization based out of Silicon Valley.

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

    April 16, 2014 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    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 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: | In: Organization & Culture

    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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    Innovation Governance: Why Should Top Management Care?

    April 14, 2014 | By: | In: Strategies

    In its research report “CEO Challenge 2014, ”[1] The Conference Board lists the ten most important challenges facing CEOs in 2014. Innovation ranks N°3 in this survey of 1,020 responses, on a par with operational excellence. Innovation was the N°1 issue in 2012, and in 2014 it is still the N°1 challenge in China. This article (in a series of seven) looks at the theme of innovation governance from a top management angle.

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    Managing consumer behavior in ideation contests

    April 11, 2014 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    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: | In: Organization & Culture

    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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    Innovating where the business cares: Developing areas of Strategic Innovation

    April 7, 2014 | By: | In: Strategies

    Almost every innovation manager can recount stories of great ideas, concepts and products that people love and yet they’re never implemented. The business case stacks up and is technically feasible, but finding sponsorship and a budget seems to be impossible. As innovators, we’re often subject to ongoing commercial restrictions. The fastest way to get ideas off the ground is to ensure they’re aligned to the C-Suite agenda in both the short and longer term.

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    Organizational processes and structures supporting open innovation

    April 4, 2014 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    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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