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 …