After polling innovation managers and experts from all over the world about the size of the organization in relation to the ease of starting an innovation initiative, Gijs Van Wulfen takes a look at the arguments.
The American people bankroll the federal government’s four biggest spending items to the tune of $2.2 trillion annually. Medicare, Medicaid, Defense, and Social Security make up over two thirds of the federal budget.
Everyone, and I mean everyone, talks about innovation. We've got CEOs, academic leaders, the President of the United States, talking about innovation. It's clear everyone thinks that innovation is important. The challenge with all of this talk of importance is that few people stop to define WHY innovation is important. What's driving the need for more innovation?
Lorsqu’une entreprise souhaite innover, le réflexe traditionnel est de cacher jalousement ses projets entre un petit groupe d’initiés. Mais dans notre nouvelle économie où les idées circulent librement, le secret et le contrôle ne sont plus des gages de succès. Bienvenue dans l’ère de «l’innovation ouverte», où la collaboration est reine.
What makes a social business project successful ? To what extent question the existing and transform the culture ? Is success possible when top managers are not much concerned ? If we observe three major cases, there’ something obvious : the project was tied to an organizational change wanted by deeply involved CEOs. They become social business projects afterwards because they eventually used some new tools to support a years old approach.
Recently, the Open Innovation Research Forum - part of the University of Cambridge – released a paper that shows results of a study among almost 1200 German innovation companies. The paper provides the hypothesis that several different innovation-enabling factors would generate more revenue within companies that embrace Open Innovation than within companies that don’t.
Seriously! You know when you have an idea for a new business, product, service or process and you tell someone and they pick it apart? They tell you all the reasons it won’t work. You get really really peeved and annoyed and say to yourself, “They just don’t ‘get it’.”? Frustrating isn’t it?
It is surprisingly easy to overlook the intangible assets you own and produce. By their very nature they are unlikely to get tripped over in the office or be discovered hidden under the sofa when rearranging your furniture.
Why is it important to gain deep insight in a company’s challenges and understand the root of every problem with a general introspective corporate attitude? Because the root of the problem affects the entire business. And the intention defines their receptivity to the recommended solutions by the creative and innovation consultant.
Visit Boston and one of the first things you're sure to hear is that, for a big city, the population is among the youngest in the country. Jam-packed with universities, such as Harvard, MIT, Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern and Tufts, a whopping 72 percent of the population is under the age of 44.
Only world-class science will deliver the innovation and growth Europe so desperately needs. US experience can help EU policy makers understand how to enhance R&D productivity and encourage excellence, says Paula Stephan
When you put together a kick ass innovation team, be careful as they will take that innovation skill and apply it to your retirement party. As you can see from the image, the team decided to take some license when it came to the cake.
Every organization needs an Innovation champion. This very important role requires exceptional people skills and communication skills, and the ability to be a master consensus builder among all players in the organization. Innovation champions come in a wide range of styles of interaction.
Launching an innovation is an exercise in persuasive communications. Only rarely can someone go from an idea to the marketplace without any help. (And, even then, innovations don’t sell themselves.) Along the way, an innovator needs partners to provide access, financial backing, criticism, ideas, skill, effort, and perspectives.
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