A Model for Dual Corporate Innovation Management


As reiterated by Tim Kastelle in the previous post, it’s imperative to distinguish discovery from execution when it comes to startup and innovation activities – bearing in mind that both purposes are complementary and equally important. This suggests following a dual approach for balanced corporate innovation management. The main objective of dual approaches is to sufficiently separate exploration-/discovery-oriented initiatives from exploitation-/execution-oriented ones […]

The Case for Dual Innovation


The first time I was advocating the idea of a dual innovation approach, here also referred to as organizational ambidexterity, is now more than 5 years ago. At this time it became pretty obvious to me that this concept – academically worn-out but deficiently or not at all put into practice in most organizations – would be of increasing importance […]

Where Does Advantage Come From in the Social Era?


Every day we hear about traditional industries being disrupted, about great new ideas that are creating growth, and about changes to the way we work. It sure seems as though the nature of business is changing these days. But is it, really? It turns out the answer is yes. I’ve done some research with Nilofer […]

Innovation Force = Innovation Mass x Acceleration

Pivots and success

When we have a great new idea, we want to move fast with it. But we also want impact, and to get that, we need to make sure that we don’t accelerate before we’ve gotten the idea nailed first.

How to Make Good Lean Startup Hypotheses

Part Eight in the Lean Startup Series


When starting a lean startup process, our first hypotheses are often too precise. When we’re in discovery mode, we actually need to have pretty vague hypotheses to start – here’s how to build them.

Tools Don’t Equal Skills – Innovation Requires Learning

Nancy and Kea

People often use tools as a substitute for the underlying skills that you need to be good at something. This is a mistake. To innovate, we have to invest in learning the core innovation skills.