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John Bessant

Innovation and the Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty
The Innovation Manager

Innovation and the Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty

Some football-related thoughts as the world turns its attention to the 2018 FIFA World Cup over the next few weeks. Ther...

The Power of Problem Exploration
The Innovation Manager

The Power of Problem Exploration

"‘Houston, we’ve had a problem here." John Swigert’s famous words, delivered in a voice as calm and clear as the mountai...

How the 'Not Invented Here' Effect Impacts Innovation Success
People & Culture

How the 'Not Invented Here' Effect Impacts Innovation Success

Getting past the 'corporate immune system' Imagine the scene. A warm summer’s day. The tree-lined slopes of gentle hills...

Using the Power of Crowdsourcing to Combat Humanitarian Catastrophes with Innovation
Ideation & Collaboration

Using the Power of Crowdsourcing to Combat Humanitarian Catastrophes with Innovation

That old saying - ‘many hands make light work’ - takes on a particular meaning in the world of innovation. Faced with op...

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Strategy & Alignment

The "Hundred Club", Surviving the Innovation Business in a Long-Term Run

  Next time you switch on your TV or computer display spare a thought for the company who probably produced the liquid c...

Sweating the Small Stuff
The Innovation Manager

Sweating the Small Stuff

 The Tour de France is a gruelling race, clawing your way up mountains, pounding along mile after mile of roads – and al...

Flirting with ideas
Ideation & Collaboration

Flirting with ideas

Vienna. 1926 and Slawa Duldig was looking forward to a pleasant Sunday walk in the gardens of the Kunst Historisches Mus...

The Complex and the Chaotic: Going Beyond Incremental Innovation
People & Culture

The Complex and the Chaotic: Going Beyond Incremental Innovation

Innovation is easy. Or rather, certain kinds of innovation are. Faced with the challenge of improving a product or servi...

What is Free Innovation?
Trends & Future Thinking

What is Free Innovation?

Kittihawk, 1903.  Wilbur and Orville Wright, up at an insanely early 5am, listening to the wind singing in the wires of ...

Platform Thinking: Reusing Hard-Won Knowledge
Strategy & Alignment

Platform Thinking: Reusing Hard-Won Knowledge

 Watch any group of kids playing with Lego and you’ll quickly get the idea behind platform thinking. A small number of s...

The Power of User-Led Innovations
Ideation & Collaboration

The Power of User-Led Innovations

Babies are wonderful, a constant source of fascination as you share their discovery of a rich new world and see things a...

Knowledge as a social process
People & Culture

Knowledge as a social process

Walker’s Wagon Wheel tavern in the 1970s has a particularly important place in innovation history.  Its name provides a ...