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John Bessant

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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 ...

Creating the Physical Space for Innovation
People & Culture

Creating the Physical Space for Innovation

Building spaces for innovation is a hot topic these days. Whether you call them innovation hubs, maker-spaces, fab-labs,...

Bridging different worlds – the power of recombinant innovation
People & Culture

Bridging different worlds – the power of recombinant innovation

Wandering round Chicago in 1912 William Klann was a man on a mission. He was part of a team set up to explore ways in wh...

Playing chess with the Red Queen
Disruption & Transformation

Playing chess with the Red Queen

This is the Red Queen, one of the famous characters in Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice through the Looking Glass’. And whilst she...

The value of failure in innovation
People & Culture

The value of failure in innovation

Accidents will happen – and as far as innovation is concerned, that’s a good thing. Whilst much of our attention is on t...