Innovation and Organizational Culture

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Recently, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has published key findings of their latest “Most Innovative Companies 2014” survey. Beside the annual ranking, headed by the top three companies Apple, Google and Samsung, some insightful outcomes with regard to organizational and cultural requirements have striked my eye. According to BCG’s research, successfully innovating companies approach innovation as a system. The system is rooted in experimentation, […]

Five Roles for Your Innovation Team

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The Problem with Solved Problems that Aren’t Solved Phil was certain that his company had their innovation problems solved. After all, they had a dedicated innovation team, they had idea management software, and they had started a big internal PR effort to highlight successful innovations. What could possibly go wrong? Lots, actually. Over the past […]

Innovation and Serendipity

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This post was first published at Integrative Innovation.   In a previous post, I have pointed out the importance of diversity for innovation and organizational adaptability. Diversity is a crucial precursor to serendipity. In the Power of Pull, John Hagel, John Seely Brown and Lang Davison emphasize the rising need for serendipity: We need to […]

What is Innovation?

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People often think it’s weird when they hear that I study innovation – even people in very innovative jobs.  The biggest reason for this is mistaking invention for innovation.  If you do this, then studying innovation makes no sense at all – what can you learn about the flash of insight, the stroke of genius, […]