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How to Embrace, Rather Than Be Threatened By Disruptive Innovation

Posted by Christy Wilson on Nov 19, 2015 6:24:07 PM

Talk and action often exist in different universes. That's one reason why disruptive innovation sometimes appears to arrive out of nowhere. Plenty of organizations talk a good game about innovation, and meanwhile those who actually are innovative are busy changing the world.


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Topics: Innovation Strategy

The Organizational Learning Framework

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Nov 2, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Previously, we looked at how to get the most from academic research on innovation. Now that you know a great deal about how all this works, let me walk you through an example.

Let’s imagine you are as diligent a company as GfK and are running a permanent idea campaign on leveraging new idea sources using the HYPE Enterprise software. Your employees spot a number of gaps in your current knowledge landscape and agree that the best way to close those gaps is by bringing in scholarly know-how. For example, your company is keen on learning about learning, Organizational Learning that is, in the context of strategic renewal. What steps should you take?

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Topics: Research, The Innovation Manager

How to Incorporate Academic Research into Your Innovation Thinking

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Oct 28, 2015 5:26:14 PM

A few weeks back I was sharing with you the highlights of HYPE’s recent Forum in London, an event that brought innovation managers’ hopes and fears into the spotlight, and encouraged idea campaign/ innovation project issues to be openly discussed. I took a lot of notes that day and as I was leafing through them over Sunday coffee cake, I remembered a great conversation about the main sources of external knowledge used by heads of innovation practice in their day-to-day work.

To get inspired, the London event’s attendees were happily browsing the contents of this very blog in addition to whatever caught their eye in The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, HBR, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Wired, The Verge, expert blogs or even LinkedIn. At this point I really had to ask: What about academic knowledge? (= that amorphous body of indecipherable knowledge resulting from collective, ultra-rigorous academic inquiry). How much scholarly content goes into your mix? The answer: “Practically none”.

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Topics: Research, The Innovation Manager

Uncovering the Hopes and Fears of the Innovation Manager

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Oct 16, 2015 12:30:00 PM

I have just returned from the most recent HYPE Regional Innovation Managers Forum hosted by Fujitsu Services in the beautiful City of London and my head is still abuzz with what I’ve seen & heard.

In addition to learning that Queen Elizabeth II is now the UK's longest reigning monarch, the true highlight of my day was watching the corporate innovation professionals in the room let their guards down, open up the discussion and share their most dreaded obstacles in the pursuit of effective idea campaigns.

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Topics: Innovation Programs, Customer Insights, The Innovation Manager

6 Steps To Pitching Your Startup

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Oct 15, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Pitching is a very essential skill that to a great extent determines the success of an entrepreneur. Reality is such that you might have the best business idea, but if you don’t manage to sell it (right), it will remain to be just an idea. Why so? Because pitching is a skill that not everybody has, but everyone can master.

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Topics: Intrapreneurship

Sorting Through the Management Tools and Trends

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Oct 14, 2015 6:00:00 AM

We all are caught up in handling and understanding different management tools. The numbers are accelerating, and if anything it's adding more confusion to the pile we already have. So let’s see if we can help here, step back a little from your favourite tool and look at this just a little more deeply.

How do we pick through all the tools, let alone keep up with all the new ones emerging?

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Topics: Research, Tools

Is Imitation More Valuable Than Innovation?

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Oct 13, 2015 6:00:00 AM

What do the Playboy Magazine’s beginnings, Swarovski’s Stardust collection, and a select range of Apple Stoers – not stores, the typo is deliberate - in Kūnmíng, China have in common? They have all found their glory in some more or less accepted form of innovation by copying/imitation.

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Topics: Disruption

Turning Uncertainty into Knowledge

Posted by Lauren Salisbury on Oct 13, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Whenever we try to create anything, whether it be a new business innovation, or we simply bake a cake, we always need to select an approach in achieving this.  Unlike a cake which has a recipe, set of ingredients with a mostly predictable outcome, creating a new product, service or business model comes with many layers of uncertainty and an outcome that is not only unclear but also subject to change.  So what is the best approach to manage the uncertainty?

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Topics: Tools

Inbound Innovation Management

Posted by Michel Meisterjahn on Sep 30, 2015 11:52:00 AM

We hear from many innovation professionals that they struggle with their program, often, because the company does not really adopt it. The employees won't share ideas, middle managers are consumed by meeting the quarterly goals, top management sees innovation management as a nice-to-have.

I believe that marketing can help here.

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Topics: Simplicity, Innovation Culture, Employee Engagement

Why You Shouldn't Call It Innovation

Posted by Tim Woods on Sep 21, 2015 6:00:00 AM

In 1860 Swiss historian Jakob Burckhardt released his book The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy. Up until that point the term ‘Renaissance’ was not widely used as the label for what we now think of as the period approximately between 1480 and 1520, where cultural, artistic and scientific creativity flourished. Burckhardt was the one who fixed the notion of the Renaissance into the common lexicon, and helped us to describe this seemingly unique period in history.

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Topics: Innovation Strategy

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