Three hot topics in Open Innovation for German MNCs

  “Which are the three most important hot topics in Open Innovation in which you feel the need to exchange Best and Emerging Practices?” was the question that I sent out to innovation-3’s network of clients and business friends at the beginning of November 2011. The answers to this question may not be fully representative but they give a good …

Report from the German flagship conference on Open Innovation

At the end of September, leading Open Innovation practitioners from the German-speaking countries gathered for the annual flagship conference, organized by Germany’s leading business daily, the HANDELSBLATT. The speaker panels included some of the best firms from the German-speaking countries, including Bayer, Beiersdorf, Deutsche Bank, Nestlé, smatch.com, Volkswagen and Wittenstein (one of Germany’s “hidden champions”). The international perspective on Open …

Report on a cross-company expert workshop on „(Open) Innovation networks“

Two weeks ago, I had a cross-company expert workshop with a group of clients and contacts on (open) innovation networks. This is a hot topic in Open Innovation, at least in Germany – currently innovation-3 is doing a number of projects for clients that are benchmarking their own approaches in designing and managing innovation networks. Lufthansa was the host of …

A tribute to one of the greatest innovators of our times

With deep sadness I learned this morning that Steve Jobs has passed away. What led me to write this blog post is that in my opinion the media reports on his death (at least the ones in Germany) are jumping far too short in assessing his contributions. Sure, Steve Jobs built The House of Apple. But it is too short-sighted …

How to select topics for Open Innovation challenges

In their quest for opening up their innovation processes, most firms start with intensifying open approaches to innovation that are already in place, such as increasing the number of partnerships under a Non-Disclosure Agreement or the number of contract researches placed at universities. In the second phase of their Open Innovation maturity, many firms think about using technical / scientific …

IHK (Chamber of Commerce) Rhein-Sieg: Innovator’s Club

Bonn, September 15, 2011 . rank Mattes will share his insights on the topic of Open Innovation and the success factors in implementing it. The issues that will be touched include: Where should the firm innovate openly? Which approaches to Open innovation are the moste effective ones? How are the processes to be changed? How can a change of mindset …

HR departments take the driver’s seat in Open Innovation

One way of looking at Open Innovation is to have an open mind in the search for new opportunities / solutions and in connecting with the best innovators. These best innovators may be found in the firm’s org chart or outside the company walls. The Open Innovation paradigm says that the organizational background of the innovators is secondary – one …

New publication: “How to make Open Innovation work for your R&D”

innovation-3 is very pleased to announce a new publication which has been published on InnovationManagement, the leading online magazine for innovation practitioners. The title: “How to make Open Innovation work for your R&D” As we all know, Open Innovation is in the top spots of the agenda for many innovation managers. Making the transition from closed to open innovation (which …

How to use Open Innovation for the long-term technology strategy

More and more firms are opening up their approach to innovation, Leading firms have a clear view on where they want to be open and where they deliberately choose a closed innovation model (I recently wrote a publication on the thought process which will be published within the next few days on InnovationManagement). Working with the leading OI firms one …

HANDELSBLATT conference: Open Innovation

Berlin, September 27-28, 2011 ermany’s leading practitioners will meet in Berlin to exchange experiences and share Best Practices. This is certainly the flagship conference on Open Innovation. I helped to organize the conference and will also speak on current trends in German Open Innovation and about how leading Open Innovation firms are changing the corporate culture to reap the benefits …

New publication coming up: How to make Open Innovation work for your R&D

In the last weeks I wrote a new 30-page publication that will be published within the next weeks on www.innovationmanagement.se. The title: “How to make Open Innovation work for your R&D” As we all know, Open Innovation is in the top spots of the agenda for many innovation managers. It describes a concept to increase R&D agility, effectiveness and to …

An interesting experiment: Virtual training on cross-industry innovation

In a research project of the course Electronic Business at the University of Heilbronn, I will conduct a virtual training on “Open Innovation by 3D Collaboration”. In this training, I will give insight into cutting-edge methods in cross-industry innovation. My training will be one of three in a lecture series for specialists and executives. The series will be held from …