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The Innovation Manager

The benefits of standardization for innovation

It might seem unnecessarily provocative to say that innovation is a conservative profession but let me make the case for...

Corporate foresight: a tool to sustain innovation
Trends & Future Thinking

Corporate foresight: a tool to sustain innovation

Hindsight, foresight, flash foresight, sensing systems, future thinking, chocolate futurists, open future approach, peri...

Are you systematically listening to the input around you?
Ideation & Collaboration

Are you systematically listening to the input around you?

So where do ideas come from? The most popular one is the ‘voice of the customer’ yet this is one of the many ‘voices’ th...

Bitcoin - the big disruptive innovation in finance
Trends & Future Thinking

Bitcoin - the big disruptive innovation in finance

As some of you might know, I have been a banker for many years. I still have a natural interest in financial systems, so...

How to categorize your innovation efforts
Strategy & Alignment

How to categorize your innovation efforts

We all operate in very different market conditions, yet how often do we make the fatal mistake of applying a ‘broad brus...

Avoid these 3 mistakes when asking for employee ideas
Ideation & Collaboration

Avoid these 3 mistakes when asking for employee ideas

Global advisory and research firm Ovum recently forecast 8% annual growth over the next five years for innovation manage...

Going Beyond Ideas With a Crowdsourcing Platform
Ideation & Collaboration

Going Beyond Ideas With a Crowdsourcing Platform

The word idea is a loaded term, and it’s easy to become fixated on the ideation part, especially since the products are ...

Can Challenges Be Structured Around Transformation?
Ideation & Collaboration

Can Challenges Be Structured Around Transformation?

My feeling about the routines of ideation are that they drive innovative thinkers either towards their favoured ideas (g...

What is Customer Co-Creation?
Customer Insights , Ideation & Collaboration

What is Customer Co-Creation?

Collaboration within design and market research and social science is changing. We are moving from a user-centered desig...

Provocation and Humor in Innovation: Why it is Awesome that Viagra Failed
People & Culture

Provocation and Humor in Innovation: Why it is Awesome that Viagra Failed

When it comes to art of provocation, getting it right (or in this case up) is where it’s at. Don’t think so? There are m...

Removing the disincentives to innovate
People & Culture

Removing the disincentives to innovate

It is common to see on the homepage of innovation management platforms a message from the CEO, or other senior leader in...