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    Lab.Coop is the winner of the Management Innovator Award

    December 20, 2016 | By: | In: News

    This year’s Management Innovator Award was won by a team of experimenters for their unconventional approach to organizational governance. The Budapest-based Society of Management Innovators announced the results of the international competition on December 16th, 2016.

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    Innovation, Suffocation & Trump Nation

    December 15, 2016 | By: | In: Column & Opinion

    Innovation at best is like watering a nice healthy plant, making it grow and blossom; however, watering without the plant is just getting the dirt wet. Nothing happens. Currently, all over the world and with more than 100 major innovation themed events yearly, complete with great photo opportunities for local and national leadership, most nations have little to show for these super expensive efforts. It seems that we talk a lot about innovation and find ourselves stuck in the suffocation of great ideas. And, suddenly the Trump nation erupts on a high note!

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    Live and Work in the Netherlands as a Start-Up Entrepreneur

    December 12, 2016 | By: | In: News

    A city of commerce and entrepreneurism, Amsterdam has long been a melting pot and meeting point for people to come together and ferment world-changing ideas. Recent changes to Dutch law allow innovative entrepreneurs to receive start-up visas in the Netherlands. All they need to qualify is an innovative business idea and an experienced facilitator/mentor.

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    Leadership Summit: Why Working Together is Critical for Growth

    November 21, 2016 | By: | In: News

    Connectivity, collaboration, sustainability and inclusiveness were the key themes of the opening session of the high-level Leadership Summit, sponsored by TRA, UAE and moderated by Jeremy Wilks of Euronews, media partner of the Leadership Summit.

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    The Untold Story Behind Switzerland’s Success with James Breiding

    September 23, 2016 | By: | In: Innovation Ecosystem, Podcast

    Switzerland – a tiny country with few natural advantages – has become incredibly successful in the world of banking, pharmaceuticals, machinery, and more. James Breiding, author of the bestselling book, Swiss Made, explores the enabling factors for innovation in Switzerland. He makes the point that when an entrepreneur comes up with a new and innovative method or product, there will be resistance from those who have accepted the status quo. Entrepreneurs as well as intrapreneurs need to have thick skin if they wish to disrupt the market.

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    A New Disruptive Paradigm

    July 21, 2016 | By: | In: Book Reviews

    Let’s face it, running a business in today’s world is a formidable endeavor: change and disruption have become the new norm. In an effort to keep up, innovation is at the top of every executive’s priority list and new innovation methodologies, training and strategies are available every day. But is all the hype really helpful while Western businesses and policy-makers are working under an outdated paradigm?

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    IMP³rove Report: Effective Innovation Management Support

    June 13, 2016 | By: | In: Reports, Support for SMEs

    This collection of case examples of IMP³rove innovation management support services for SMEs to gain competitive advantage illustrates the needs of key stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem. The case examples show how a wide variety of effective support services utilising the IMP³rove offerings address these needs.

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    The European Crowd Experts: Italy & Cypres

    June 7, 2016 | By: | In: Collaborative Innovation, Life Cycle Processes, News

    The second edition of Crowd Dialog Europe is coming up in September, where participants from all 28 European members countries will discuss the phenomenon of swarm-based innovation processes, alternative financing scenarios and future of work models for practical insights to potential new business fields as well as an international context on trends and its relation to praxis. In preparation for the event we sit down with two of the experts to discuss crowd-related business in Italy and Cypres.

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    Contributors and Detractors: Ranking Countries’ Impact on Global Innovation

    March 1, 2016 | By: | In: Reports

    If nations increased their supportive policies and reduced their harmful policies, the rate of innovation
    worldwide would significantly accelerate. This report assesses countries on the extent to which their economic and trade policies either constructively contribute to or negatively detract from the global innovation system.

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    Germany’s Innovation Jam

    April 20, 2015 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    Is Germany loosing the connection to today’s speed of change? In his new book “Germany’s Innovation Jam – How we create a new generation of founders,” Author Jürgen Stäudtner looks at German innovation pitfalls and corresponding resolutions.

  • Linked Innovation: 5 Keys to Success in Open innovation Challenge Management

    Linked Innovation: 5 Keys to Success in Open innovation Challenge Management

    July 31, 2013 | By: | In: Strategies

    Open innovation crowd sourcing methods, when applied to the right problem, can effectively extend the solution provider search beyond the boundaries of an industry. This article presents the application of a targeted broadcast crowd sourcing method to identify unobvious solution providers for a German chain-drive industry consortium. The majority of solutions submitted through this method were previously unknown to the consortium. This evaluation demonstrates the power of open crowd sourcing to provide solutions from discontinuous industries and how effective crowd sourcing can be in open innovation.

  • The Case of Vestas Wind Systems

    The Case of Vestas Wind Systems and Peter Drucker’s Five Deadly Sins of Business

    June 19, 2013 | By: | In: Enabling Factors

    The Nordic countries have a high number of start-up companies but are struggling with scaling their entrepreneurs, start-ups and innovations to global large-scale operations and companies. Yet, one Nordic company namely Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems managed to become world-beater within the global wind turbine industry. But but after 2008 Vestas has experienced a near death experience and is struggling for survival. Vestas’ story holds important lessons for other Nordic companies, not only within the renewable energy industry. It will here be argued that had Vestas paid more attention to what the management guru Peter Drucker labeled the five deadly business sins Vestas might have avoided getting into dire straits.

  • Convincing SMEs that Innovation Management Matters

    Convincing SMEs that Innovation Management Matters

    February 25, 2013 | By: | In: Support for SMEs

    SMEs are perceived as the back-bone of most economies in Europe. Therefore, a lot of programs have been launched to support their growth. Over the past years, offering innovation support has become popular, complementing the well-known start-up financing and technology transfer programs. Despite the above, there is a level of dissatisfaction regarding the impact of these services.

  • How Companies Tap the Potential of Innovative Users - Four Examples from Germany

    How Companies Tap the Potential of Innovative Users – Examples from Germany (Part II)

    January 14, 2013 | By: | In: Enabling Factors

    While the previous two methods – Netnography and Social Media Solution Scouting – outline the potential of passive methods in using the power of social media for innovation, the next two approaches enable companies to interact with consumers. Configuration Tools as well as Innovation Contests invite users outside the company’s four walls to become an active part of new product development. In part two of this article you will learn how Audi and Henkel empowered the crowd and turned them into co-producers.

  • How Companies Tap the Potential of Innovative Users

    How Companies Tap the Potential of Innovative Users – Four Examples from Germany

    December 4, 2012 | By: | In: Enabling Factors

    Open innovation has found its way into companies’ innovation processes and is a widely used approach to spur collaborative innovation with consumers. A multitude of methods and tools have come into being, creating confusion about how to make the most out of users’ knowledge and creativity. This article provides innovation managers with insights into four popular open innovation practices at four German blue chips and contrasts the various approaches.

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