T-shaped people and their areas of expertise

A great deal of success in Open / Collaborative Innovation depends on winning the „right people“ for driving the change. Studies have shown that T-shaped experts are pivotal in this approach. We came across an interesting question in our recent project work: How does one evaluate efficiently the expertise base of an individual?” In other words: How could you efficiently …

Software for the fuzzy front-end: Focus areas and how to make it fly

Judging by Our project pipeline, leading firms are intensifying their efforts in developing the fuzzy front-end of the innovation funnel. We are currently conducting a study to better understand where things are going. First, preliminary results suggest that development efforts are targeted at This does not mean, of course that other issues such as e.g. extending the innovation ecosystem and …

How to turn breakthrough innovation ideas into innovation success

Just recently, innovation-3 had an internal workshop on “How to turn breakthrough ideas into an innovation success.” From our perspective, the search for breakthrough innovations in products, services and processes and Business Model Innovation (which surely is a breakthrough) has climbed on the top spot of the innovation agenda. We’ve got data points to support this thesis: Firstly, we’ve got …

Core competence management in the era of Open Innovation

“Core competences” are a major concept in managing innovations and technologies. In the era of Open Innovation, the established concept of core competence management needs to be updated. innovation-3’s Frank Mattes recently met with a group of 20 innovation / technology managers from leading firms to work out how this could be done – with the practitioner’s perspective in mind. …

Frank Mattes’ view on the new SAP Innovation Management

End of July this year, SAP SE released its software for inspiring and managing the fuzzy front-end of the innovation funnel (see HERE). innovation-3’s Frank Mattes played a part in shaping the software and was hence invited to be part of the global launch event. During the event, Frank was asked on his view on the software. Here’s his statement:

Open Innovation at work in the metals industry

In many publications that you find, “Open Innovation” is a buzzword. In many publications, examples from industries such as the Fast Moving Consumer Goods are rehashed for the umpteenth time. So it is quite refreshing and stimulating when an organization from a lesser-known industry (with respect to the proliferation of Open Innovation cases) opens its door and provides an in-depth …

The 7 principles of highly effective innovation culture change programs (Part 2 of 2)

Nothing is more constant than change. Furthermore, the speed of change is accelerating. So for instance, the global knowledge is growing exponentially, disruptive megatrends (e.g. Internet Of Things, urbanization, demographic shifts) are shaping the innovation agendas and new approaches for capturing value by innovation (e.g. Business Model Innovation, Design Thinking) are becoming mainstream. Thus, new realities for innovation management are …

The 7 principles of highly effective innovation culture change programs (Part 1 of 2)

Nothing is more constant than change. Furthermore, the speed of change is accelerating. So for instance, the global knowledge is growing exponentially, disruptive megatrends (e.g. Internet Of Things, urbanization, demographic shifts) are shaping the innovation agendas and new approaches for capturing value by innovation (e.g. Business Model Innovation, Design Thinking) are becoming mainstream. Thus, new realities for innovation management are …

Balancing Innovation via Organizational Ambidexterity – Part 3

This is the third and final part of a 3-part article co-written by Frank Mattes and Ralph-Christian Ohr. The first part highlighted that radical and incremental innovation build on two different innovation set-ups (exploration and exploitation, respect. The second part showed in a sample of seven leading firms that ambidexterity is used in two main types – contextual and structural …

innovation-3 to be featured in leading Chinese business publication

Ambidextrous innovation management (i.e. the intelligent parallel conduct of incremental and radical / breakthrough innovation) is a hot topic not only in Europe (see HERE) but also in China. innovation-3 has accumulated a big deal of insights and experience in this subject. innovation-3’s CEO, Frank Mattes, has already published a 3-part article series on this subject (see HERE, HERE and …

Leading firms are discussing with innovation-3 about “Open Innovation inside the firm”

Open Innovation inside the firm (sometimes also called intra-firm Open Innovation) is an extremely hot topic in Central Europe. And innovation-3 is in the sweet spot of helping leading firms to use the “wisdom of the internal crowd” for driving innovation performance. In the second half of May, innovation-3 will conduct a one-day workshop on this issue with clients and …

2-day Open Innovation Masterclass at Dresden International University

On May 10-11, 2014 innovation-3’s Frank Mattes will facilitate a 1.5 days Masterclass for alumni of the Dresden International University. These work for large multinational firms as well as for SMEs. The event has a B2B focus and is also open for non-alumni (more information below). In designing the agenda, we followed our proven approach for a Senior Management workshop …

Where Open Innovation and strategic planning meet

Recently we had an interesting 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 strategy …

Hot topic in in Central Europe: Intra-firm Open Innovation

In preparing the next workshop of the innovation-3 Practitioner’s Expert Circle , innovation-3 asked its clients about hot topics that should be the discussed. Almost instantly, the topic of “Intra-firm Open Innovation” emerged. Many firms in Central Europe do not see Open Innovation limited to the outside-in mode or the inside-out mode. Predominantly diversified corporations – with a large number …

Finding from a practitioner’s workshop: Open Innovation meets Systematic Serendipity

This year, innovation-3 had the opportunity to work with a number of leading firms on a cutting-edge subject. All of these firms were basically saying: “We have well-defined innovation search fields. On the one side this is good since search fields provide us with a clear guidance on what we focus on. But on the other hand search fields also …

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 …