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Looking Back, Moving Forward in Your Innovation Understanding

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Dec 3, 2015 6:00:00 AM

As we come closer to the year-end it's good to look back, make some dedicated time to take ‘stock’, in this case, on innovation’s progress.

We decided to help you. In 2015 we have seen a significant surge in innovation reports, many of these coming from large consulting firms or innovation publishers. Each has been providing an updated view on where innovation presently 'sit’s, its challenges and the needs to be addressed going forward.

On behalf of HYPE I suggested there should be an attempt to pick out some of the interesting points within these reports, I was promptly given the challenge.

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Topics: Research, The Innovation Manager

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

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

Applying the Four Lenses of Innovation

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Sep 15, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Rowan Gibson wrote a book called “The Four Lenses of Innovation: A power tool for creating thinking” that came out earlier this year.

This is a book well worth obtaining and working through. Why? Well, it provides an understanding to the thinking patterns that lead innovators to their big ideas. By emulating these thinking patterns Rowan suggests you can really teach people the skills to improve all of our creative abilities for idea generation and imaginative problem-solving.

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Topics: Research, Innovation Processes

Collaboration overload: when the outcome of your innovation effort is less than the sum of its parts

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Sep 14, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Here is an outlandish but probably familiar thought: We employ too many mechanisms to move ideas forward and far too few to grow promising ones “back”.

The root cause of this imbalance is leaders’ intolerance to risk accessorised with a “practical” collaboration protocol inside the company or, more recently, tailor-made software to do the housekeeping. As a result – intended or otherwise – the IT tool or habit (or both) work swiftly and uninterruptedly to place a disproportionate amount of emphasis on indexing, analysing, and transforming tried & tested (sometimes out-dated) ideas into something which is, at its best, only faintly useful to the company. While burning out a few key members of staff too.

Although this process can vary in length from a few weeks to months or even years (depending on the length of the innovation project in question), the conclusion is always the same:

Too much collaboration and most of it for all the wrong reasons.

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Topics: Research, Collaboration

Self-fulfilling Prophecies and Innovation Success

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Aug 21, 2015 1:35:00 AM

Having organised a number of innovation management events for practitioners this summer it has (re)occurred to me just how strongly success ties into the psychology of winning. The idea is pretty simple: Do some creative thinking, ideally with a customers’ job(s)-to-be-done in mind, design the long red carpet of success, sew it flawlessly, roll it out enthusiastically, and start walking into the pleasant but eventually rewarding unknown. It takes a considerable dose of (ir)rationality but that is how self-fulfilling prophecies work. So in today’s post, I’d like to share with you a few notes about where these attitudes towards success come from, research-wise, and how they unfold in practice – beware, I have self-collected data!

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Topics: Research, The Innovation Manager

Deeper reading or quick summary- often we don’t have the time?

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Aug 19, 2015 12:59:00 AM

I recently wrote a post “Delving into a complex world- finding research to help you learn and adapt”. On reflection I should have replaced the word “research” with “time”……to help you learn and adapt.

Finding time is a real struggle and going that extra mile to read thought leadership views can be a step to far, I know but I can’t help myself, it is part of my job and certainly for me, many are really worth it.

In that post I was recommending Deloitte and their thought leadership as a good place to visit. Now I’m not sure how many of you actually did and it was suggested by “the man” in charge of this blog to pick out a few and make a post summary of these as ones that might be useful, so I’ve chosen two that challenge and break ground.

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Topics: Design-driven Innovation, Research, Business Model Innovation

What we can learn from the Arthur D. Little Breakthrough Innovation Survey

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Apr 15, 2015 9:50:07 AM

The capacity to deliver a consistent pipeline of breakthrough innovations might sound like the effect of one of Papa Smurf’s potions (you know The Smurfs right?) but the (mis)perception did certainly not stop the down-to-earth experts at Arthur D. Little from exploring the possibility further via the recent “Breakthrough Innovation Survey” developed by Anders Johansson, Rick Eagar and Fredrik Härenstam.

In as follows are some highlights from the “Systematizing Breakthrough Innovation” report, a copy of which is available for download on the company’s website.

(extra reading tip: I’ve previously covered ADL’s “The Creativity Era – a new paradigm for business”; full-text PDF is right here).

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Topics: Radical Innovation, Research

12 Good Practices in Open Innovation for the Year to Come

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Jan 14, 2015 9:00:00 AM

© Bill Watterson


A few days ago an email alert from The Economist informed me that one of the year’s bestselling (Christmas) presents had so far been a drone. You know drones, right? Those unmanned aerial vehicles set out on pre-defined missions like land surveying, parcel delivering or checking power lines so that men hanging from helicopters don’t have to. Despite all these exciting developments, it’s not all fun and games and creative business applications in the drone world. If regulators (like America’s Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), who have banned commercial drones almost completely by the way) fail to get on board, this former military innovation’s routes-to-market will remain blocked and its potential severely underexplored.

And this takes us back to a fundamental issue in Open Innovation: clarifying operating principles. Here, coming to terms with with regulators and establishing by formal consensus what can and should be done to benefit everyone – policy makers, marketers, experts on the factory floor, users and service providers like Amazon etc. – in the product’s ecosystem would do the trick.

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Topics: Research, Open Innovation, Best Practice

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