Industry-sector priorities in designing the Fuzzy Front-End

In our last posts we have built a case that large organizations should invest energy in actively designing their early phase of the innovation process – the so-called “Fuzzy Front-End” (FFE) in a way that it delivers meaningful and promising innovation ideas and concepts. It is emerging practice that there are some key design parameters (see our last post for more …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Open Innovation in the Chemical Industry: Report from the Evonik in-house congress

Since last year, Evonik Industries, a global leader in Specialty Chemicals, supports adoption of Open Innovation by conducting annual in-house congresses on this topic. According to the Open Innovation paradigm, the speaker and panelist roster should come from academia and other firms – both from within and outside the Chemical Industry. Like in 2012, innovation-3 organized and facilitated this year’s …

Balancing Innovation via Organizational Ambidexterity (Part 2)

In the first part of a 3-part article series (see HERE) innovation-3’s Frank Mattes and Integrative Innovation’s Ralph-Christian Ohr worked out why successful firms need to balance radical and incremental innovation. They introduced the concept of organizational ambidexterity as an appropriate way for simultaneously conducting exploration and exploitation, the two paradigms behind radical and incremental innovation. This second part shows …

Findings from a practitioner’s workshop on Radical / Business Model Innovation

Recently, innovation-3 conducted a one-day workshop with some 30 practitioners from leading Central European firms (see HERE). The workshop focused on two main questions: Radical / breakthrough Innovations defined In the classical Ansoff matrix, radical (for the sake of simplicity we abandon the “breakthrough” for the rest of this article) are in the “New technology / new market or application” …

Integration of B2B customers in Open Innovation

It is now 10 years since Henry Chesbrough published his groundbreaking book on the “new  imperative for creating and profiting from technology”. A lot of insight has been generated since then about how firms could win the innovation race by leveraging the expertise of a connected world with exponentially growing and globally distributed knowledge. Probably the largest part of material …

The next frontiers of Open Innovation: Business Model Innovation, Breakthrough Innovation

On a regular basis, innovation-3 conducts cross-company workshops with clients and business friends to discuss current developments and topics in Open / Collaborative Innovation. This is a great chance for innovation-3 to validate our thoughts and project results and gives us also the opportunity to better understand where client needs are heading to. Recently we asked our ecosystem, which topics …

Key issues in Open Innovation networks

Recently, innovation-3’s Frank Mattes ran a high-level workshop with 6 firms from different industries on “Best Practices in managing Open Innovation networks”. The participants were at C-/SVP-level coming from Bayer (Chemical/Pharma), Beiersdorf (FMCG), Deutsche Telekom (Telco), Evonik (Chemical), Samsung (Electronics) and Siemens (Electical). In preparing the workshop, the participants were asked to rank potential discussion topics by the importance for …

Hot topic in Central European Open Innovation: Core competencies

Every 4 months or so, innovation-3 conducts a practitioner’s workshop with experts and managers from leading firms on the issues that really matter within the context of Open / Collaborative Innovation. The topics that these firms are discussing can be seen as an early warning sign of things to come. In the past, issues such as “Innovation networks”, “Merging of …

Collaborative Innovation Inside & Beyond the Firm – Two Worlds Become One

This year, a very interesting trend in collaborative innovation can be observed in Central Europe: The once distinct concepts of “Enterprise 2.0” and “Open Innovation” are merging. Firms are taking a holistic view on collaborative innovation and put the question about whether collaborative innovation should happen primarily within the firm’s walls or with externals out of the focus. This trend …

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 …