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Why You Need an Innovation Strategy | HBR

Why You Need an Innovation Strategy | HBR | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it

Despite massive investments of management time and money, innovation remains a frustrating pursuit in many companies. Innovation initiatives frequently fail, and successful innovators have a hard time sustaining their performance—as Polaroid, Nokia, Sun Microsystems, Yahoo, Hewlett-Packard, and countless others have found. Why is it so hard to build and maintain the capacity to innovate?


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The reasons go much deeper than the commonly cited cause: a failure to execute. The problem with innovation improvement efforts is rooted in the lack of an innovation strategy.
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Is Anyone In Your Company Paying Attention to Strategic Alignment? | HBR

Is Anyone In Your Company Paying Attention to Strategic Alignment? | HBR | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it
It’s not only a job for the CEO.
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Why Design Thinking in Business Needs a Rethink | MIT Sloan Mgmt Review

Why Design Thinking in Business Needs a Rethink | MIT Sloan Mgmt Review | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it
Design thinking needs better alignment with the dynamics of established businesses.
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To be successful, a design thinking program must be closely linked with the organization’s social dynamics. Without the right supporting mechanisms, you probably won’t achieve the desired results.
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6 Ways To Create A Culture Of Innovation

6 Ways To Create A Culture Of Innovation | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it
Reward employees with time to think, while providing them with the structure they need.
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Companies investing most in employee experience were included 28 times as often among the Most Innovative Companies..
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4 symptoms your company is stuck on an innovation plateau | HBR

4 symptoms your company is stuck on an innovation plateau | HBR | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it

by Alejandro Ruelas-Gossi

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1. Obsession with low-cost reduction programs. 2. Obsession with listening to the customer. 3. Obsession with incrementalism. 4. Obsession with acquisitions.
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Internal Innovations Teams Can’t Drive Change Alone | Medium

Internal Innovations Teams Can’t Drive Change Alone | Medium | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it
Design Thinking is about to turn into a fad but definitely is not a silver bullet, as I discussed in my previous post. The reason of its wide adoption, that is a straightforward and simple method…
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Why Diverse Teams Are Smarter | HBR

Why Diverse Teams Are Smarter | HBR | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it
Research shows they’re more successful in three important ways.
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The Frugal Way to Grow | S+B

The Frugal Way to Grow | S+B | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it

Pioneering companies in mature economies are learning from emerging market companies a new way to expand their businesses. 

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What It Takes to Innovate Within a Corporate Bureaucracy | HBR

What It Takes to Innovate Within a Corporate Bureaucracy | HBR | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it

Corporate hackers are resilient — they don’t give up. They are social — they draw others to their cause. And they are frugal — they leverage existing resources and use lean approaches to scale their ideas. 

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Companies that want to engage these innovators, and enable these behaviors in others, should offer incentives to keep them engaged and set them up as role models for the rest of the organization.
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The Secret History of Agile Innovation - HBR

The Secret History of Agile Innovation - HBR | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it

You hear a lot about “agile innovation” these days. Teams using agile methods get things done faster than teams using traditional processes. They keep customers happier. They enjoy their work more. Agile has indisputably transformed software development, and many experts believe it is now poised to expand far beyond IT. Ironically, that’s where it began — outside of IT.

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These 3 steps could help boost innovation in your organization

These 3 steps could help boost innovation in your organization | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it

Despite the explosive rate of innovation transforming our world, how established organisations innovate themselves is another matter altogether.

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Knowing When to Reinvent | HBR

Knowing When to Reinvent | HBR | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it
Detecting marketplace “fault lines” is the key to building the case for preemptive change.
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The Innovative Power of Criticism | HBR

The Innovative Power of Criticism | HBR | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it
Judgment, not ideation, is the key to breakthroughs.
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The Five New Forces In Innovation Strategy | Forbes

The Five New Forces In Innovation Strategy | Forbes | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it
Implementing Lean Startup processes is not enough: to survive, firms need a pipeline of innovations
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"When organizations lack a formal innovation pipeline process, project approvals tend to be based on who has the best demo or slides, or who lobbies the hardest.

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When organizations lack a formal innovation pipeline process, project approvals tend to be based on who has the best demo or slides, or who lobbies the hardest."
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4 Ways Leaders Can Get More from Their Company’s Innovation Efforts | HBR

4 Ways Leaders Can Get More from Their Company’s Innovation Efforts | HBR | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it

Innovation is key to achieving growth objectives.

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While the execution of a conventional strategy lends itself to linear progress and clear benchmarks, innovation often proceeds by S-curves, moving at a slow crawl until it explodes at an exponential rate.
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How Can I Make My Company More Innovative? | strategy + business

How Can I Make My Company More Innovative? | strategy + business | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it
Successful innovation in big organizations demands three essential behaviors.
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Be sure that every problem has an accountable leader, and that it matches his or her pay grade. And ask your leaders to generate their own ideas by hunting for precedents that are connected to the problems they are working on.
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How a $2 Billion Tech Company Keeps Its Employees Innovating | Inc

Aaron Levie, founder of cloud-storage company Box, explains his strategy for creating a culture that helps your team stay ahead of the competition.
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Study reveals an innovation strategy problem in most companies | HBR

Study reveals an innovation strategy problem in most companies | HBR | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it
Returns to innovation appear to be declining.
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How can companies cultivate and sustain a spirit of innovation? | Huff Post, Vala Afshar

How can companies cultivate and sustain a spirit of innovation? | Huff Post, Vala Afshar | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it
The difference between market takers and market makers is not product innovation, it is business model innovation. To compete in the
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The spirit of innovation may be part of our nature, but in our businesses it still needs to be cultivated thoughtfully and expertly. And differently.
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These Five Behaviors Can Create an Innovation Culture

These Five Behaviors Can Create an Innovation Culture | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it

"Building collaboration across teams and locations is key to create a corporate innovation culture, the one that will encourage employees to take risks that lead to breakthroughs"

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You change the culture by becoming more innovative — not the other way around.
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Kodak’s Downfall Wasn’t About Technology | HBR

Kodak’s Downfall Wasn’t About Technology | HBR | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it

A generation ago, a “Kodak moment” meant something that was worth saving and savoring. Today, the term increasingly serves as a corporate bogeyman that warns executives of the need to stand up and respond when disruptive developments encroach on their market. Unfortunately, as time marches on the subtleties of what actually happened to Eastman Kodak are being forgotten, leading executives to draw the wrong conclusions from its struggles.

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Where they failed was in realizing that online photo sharing was the new business, not just a way to expand the printing business.
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Ideo's CEO On How To Lead An Organization Creatively

Ideo's CEO On How To Lead An Organization Creatively | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it
Creative leadership is the only way for businesses to thrive in the face of rapid change, Tim Brown argues. Here's how to master it.
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"The pace of change, the level of volatility, and the level of disruption across every industry requires that all organizations either constantly evolve, or they get out-competed by someone that's fitter than they are."
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5 Key Ingredients for Corporate Innovation

5 Key Ingredients for Corporate Innovation | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it

Every enterprise needs to innovate in order to survive. But as they grow larger, new ideas and agile processes tend to find less expression. In order to capitalize on innovation opportunities, enterprises need to leverage their available assets quickly and effectively. Doing so calls for senior management to take responsibility for being transformation-oriented and enabling the conditions that allow innovation leaders to thrive. 

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Only senior management can create the conditions that allow innovators to thrive.
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7 Essential Lessons From The Harvard Innovation Lab

7 Essential Lessons From The Harvard Innovation Lab | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it
Here's what Harvard students learn about how to create an environment where innovation thrives.
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Is this what it takes to be an innovative leader? | WEF

Is this what it takes to be an innovative leader? | WEF | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it
Why are some organizations able to innovate time and again, while others hardly innovate at all? Our research suggests that leadership is a critical piece of the puzzle. That leadership m...
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Innovative leaders see themselves as “social architects”, whose role was to shape the context. They created communities in which others were willing and able to innovate. - Communities of innovation

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How to make your team love experimenting | TheNextWeb

How to make your team love experimenting | TheNextWeb | Innovation x Strategy | Scoop.it
A recent article in the New York Observer detailed the complications with introducing lean methodologies, such as experimentation, to large organizations.

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