• The Role of Top-Down Management in Enterprise Innovation

    The Role of Top-Down Management in Enterprise Innovation

    February 10, 2014 | By: | In: Strategies

    Running a successful enterprise innovation management program can be a challenging mission. Multiple factors have to be considered,each of which affect potential outcomes. One key aspect is the level of support an innovation program receives from an organization’s management. Connecting the needs of top-down management with the strategy and architecture of an innovation program will always lead to greater levels of success.

  • A paradigm shift for SMEs: Leveraging sustainability as a driver for innovation

    A paradigm shift for SMEs: Leveraging Sustainability as a Driver for Innovation

    November 27, 2013 | By: | In: Strategies, Support for SMEs

    SMEs have sustainability on their radar. Their main goal is economic sustainability. To achieve this goal, they can take ecological and social sustainability as an opportunity for innovation instead of just considering it as a mere cost driver. Thus innovation and sustainability become the two sides of the coin called profitable growth.

  • How to Innovate Like an Insurance Carrier

    How to Innovate Like an Insurance Carrier

    November 19, 2013 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    Insurance providers aren’t particularly well known for their fast-paced innovation. In truth however, the insurance industry is on the cutting edge of corporate environmental awareness and has been for some time. Insurance providers also manage their innovations: They introduce new ideas but don’t adopt them at a faster pace than they can support.

  • Top Innovation Secrets

    Top Innovation Secrets

    October 21, 2013 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    Being successful at innovation is a skill. One that takes time, patience, strategic intelligence and amongst other things, funding. Many organisations succeed only after they have experienced embarrassing failures and learnt some tough lessons in the process. How do others succeed with their innovation efforts? What is the secret? In this article we use the inspiring philosophy of Steve Jobs as stimulus and ask innovation managers about their “secret sauce for innovation success”. Learning from others reduce risk because resurrecting the organisational “innovation corpse” is not an action anyone should be tasked with.

  • Sustainability: Realizing Supply Chain Leadership through Collaborative Innovation

    Sustainability: Realizing Supply Chain Leadership through Collaborative Innovation

    June 25, 2013 | By: | In: Strategies

    The Digital Age, like a hoochie mama navigating a Saturday night in heels, bares all. Citizens, regulators, employees, and investors see in real time how well organizations manage their supply chains. Transparency by nature raises the bar.

  • 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.

  • Ocean Mining – a race to the bottom

    Ocean Mining – a race to the bottom

    April 17, 2013 | By: | In: Trend Alert

    The blue economy, the term ascribed to a wide range of activities such as fishing, shipping, coastal tourism, energy, cable laying and mining, presents huge opportunities. Estimates of the current value vary from $6-$21trillion; a recent study put the value added arising from the EU opportunity alone at €500 billion, rising to €600 billion by 2020. Investment is growing, but also environmental concern. Deep sea mining is at present a small but increasingly significant element of that economy.

  • Benefits of Sustainability-Driven Innovation

    The Benefits of Sustainability-Driven Innovation

    April 12, 2013 | By: | In: Enabling Factors

    The majority of managers who say that their company’s sustainability activities have added to profits also say that sustainability has led to business model change. What connects corporate sustainability with business profits? According to our 2012 global executive survey on sustainability, an important factor is business model innovation. Managers who say that their company’s sustainability activities have added to the company’s profits are more than twice as likely to say that sustainability has caused their organization to change their business model than not.

  • An introduction to the book No Straight Lines: making sense of our non-linear world

    An Introduction to the Book No Straight Lines: Making Sense of our Non-linear World

    March 20, 2013 | By: | In: Enabling Factors

    In his book No Straight Lines: making sense of our non-linear world, author Alan Moore argues that humanity shifts gear when it demands fundamental change to its real world circumstances and that this moment stands as a turning point in the collective approach to the organisation of the economy and society as a whole. This deeply thought provoking work is relevant for innovation management professionals in all industries, as it: challenges how we think innovation gets done, and then offers up new viable alternatives; argues that innovation can be accelerated and costs reduced; demonstrates that we need a new vocabulary to describe non-linear innovation and finally, explains how innovation can also help build a more regenerative world.

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    Artificial Meat: A Solution to Growing Demand?

    November 7, 2012 | By: | In: Trend Alert

    With the global population estimated to reach 9 billion by 2050 the ability to feed everyone is a growing concern. Scientists are warning of food shortages if we maintain our current diets leading many to advocate for more people to become vegetarians, as vegetables are much less resource intensive than a diet which includes animal proteins. But perhaps there is an alternative- laboratory or in-vitro meat.

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    Future Funerals

    October 17, 2012 | By: | In: Trend Alert

    Taking care of the dead is an important part of any society, and the practice reflects the prevailing culture of the living. Social change is therefore reflected in funeral changes and some of the disruptions to its industry.

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    Unilever Takes Lead in Co-Creation

    October 5, 2012 | By: | In: News

    Consumer products giant Unilever has begun to use consumers as a source for insights and ideas for two of its top brands, Closeup and Pond’s. Together with Carrotmob Unilever co-creates sustainability campaigns. Read further how Unilever leverages the power of co-creation.

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    The Top 5 Leadership Skills for Sustained Innovation

    October 4, 2012 | By: | In: Around the Web

    Anyone can innovate once. All it takes is a good idea, some hard work, sufficient resources, and a little bit of luck. However, today’s business environment demands ongoing innovation to stay ahead of the pack. To make innovation a way of life for your company, get to work developing these five leadership skills.

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    Small Scale Green Spaces can Pack a Big Punch in Cities

    September 26, 2012 | By: | In: Trend Alert

    Small scale green spaces are springing up in place of parking spaces. So called parklets are proving popular both as an annual temporary event, but also as community driven and enabled developments. They can enhance community, quality of life, potentially clean the air and provide recharging – for humans and our mobiles.

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    Why Unilever is Betting on Open Innovation for Sustainability

    September 20, 2012 | By: | In: Around the Web

    The push for environmental sustainability is one of the drivers that is pushing Unilever to aggressively embrace open innovation. In 2010, the consumer products giant published us Sustainable Living Plan, which set some ambitious goals. In this article, Roger Leech, Open Innovation Portfolio & Scouting director at Unilever, explains why it is harnessing open innovation, the rationale behind publishing its technology “wants” in an online platform and what the company is learning about innovation along the way.



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