Report from the flagship conference on Open Innovation in Germany – Part I

On December 02 and 03, 2010 some 100 Open Innovation practitioners gathered for this year’s German flagship conference on Open Innovation in Frankfurt. Together with Handelsblatt, the leading German business daily I designed a program that covered both R&D-driven and customer-facing (crowdsourcing, co-creation) Open Innovation. Apart from myself, the speaker panel included the leading companies in German Open Innovation such …

Open Innovation conquers the whole value chain

Last week I had two very interesting discussions with two global companies that are far advanced in implementing Open Innovation. One of these companies is the lighting division (let’s call it ‘Lighting corp’ for the sake of confidentiality) of a world-leading electro-technical MNC, the other one a globally leading FMCG company (let’s call it ‘FMCG corp’). These discussions took place …

How to Make Cross-Industry, Cross-Science Innovation Work

Many companies have already discovered that breakthrough innovation needs openness to for cross-industry and cross-science approaches, and especially for new industries. The big question, the answer to which is worth millions of Euros, is how to do it. In a 16-page case study (published here) I analyzed how InnovationLab is attempting to find an answer. InnovationLab is an innovation consortium of …

Open Innovation in Germany: The state of the nation (Initial study results)

Open Innovation is certainly one of the hottest topics in innovation management. The big question however is: To what extent is it already practiced in “normal” companies – companies that are not P&G, IBM, Eli Lilly and other well-respected singular beacons of Open Innovation. To answer this question – at least for the German-speaking countries – I conducted a statistically …

Open Innovation inside the firm: Managing intra-company innovation networks

Currently I am working with one of the world’s largest firms on design principles for inter-company innovation networks. Along with the rising interest in using Web 2.0 technology inside the company (“Enterprise 2.0”) many companies have embarked on initiatives to “webify” their internal innovation networks. The vast majority of these companies has started some initiatives and through various learning cycles …

Open Innovation ecosystems: Why they matter and how to manage them

Last week I had an interesting one-day workshop with Open Innovation managers from 15 leading companies, among them innovation leaders such as Lufthansa, SAP, Beiersdorf, Bosch and Wacker Chemicals . The topic that brought us together was “(Open) Innovation ecosystems”. Our discussion started with the observations that a good deal of breakthrough / leap-frog innovations are in essence ecosystem innovations …

Open Innovation: Killer applications for the “Internet Of Things”

A couple of days ago I had a very interesting and thought-stimulating Open Innovation workshop with one of the largest world’s largest software vendors. The topic was about the “Internet Of Things” (IOT), the consequences for established firms and software vendors and potential business model innovators that it will enable. The IOT will be one of the next big waves …

Where Open Innovation and strategic planning meet

Last week I had an intersting discussion with the Head of Corporate Strategy of a multinational German company. The question that we discussed was: “Which implications will Open Innovation have on the strategy process of global companies – Where are opportunities, what needs to be modified?”. To better understand my discussion partner’s perspective we first had a look at the …

A roadmap for implementing R&D-driven Open Innovation

Almost in any client discussion I have about implementation of R&D-driven Open Innovation we discuss questions like „How long does it take to implement it? When is the appropriate time to start with organizational change? When should we install metrics to measure success in Open Innovation?” My typical first reply is, usually presented with a smile “It takes longer”. From …

From Open Innovation to Networked Innovation

Since Henry Chesbrough published his groundbreaking book on Open Innovation in 2003, the idea of porous innovation funnels has risen to the agenda of innovations managers from all leading companies. Some pick the idea up more consequently than others do, some have more concerns about the critical issues that surround the Open Innovation concept but nevertheless it is generally accepted …