Scaling-Up: Crossing the internal chasm in corporate innovation

(This article was co-written with Dr. Ralph-Christian Ohr from Dual Innovation) The race is on for companies to find big, explorative or even “disruptive” innovation ideas. ‘Disrupt yourself or someone else will’, it has been said. Almost every company shifts into overdrive to create ‘smart’ products, to turn a product business into a service business, to create new business models …

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 …

Findings from a practitioner’s workshop on cross-industry / Big Data radical innovation

Recently, innovation-3 conducted a one-day workshop with some 30 practitioners from leading Central European firms (see HERE). We looked at how radical innovation can be achieved via a cross-industry / cross-funnel approach, by a Big Data approach and by the confluence of these two, Big Data-enabled, industry-crossing Business Model Innovations. Within this context, we focused on three main topics: Cross-industry …

Proud to be in the Top10-list of articles on InnovationExcellence

Today we learned that the a recently published article on InnovationExcellence has been voted to be in the Top 10 of all articles in July 2013. InnovationExcellence is the largest global community on Innovation Management with more than 100,000 unique monthly visitors from more than 170 countries. This article, co-written by innovation-3’s Frank Mattes and Ralph-Christian Ohr from Integrative Innovation, …

Balancing radical and incremental innovation via organizational ambidexterity

This is part 1 of a 2-part article co-written by innovation-3’s Frank Mattes and Ralph-Christian Ohr from Integrative Innovation. In this 2-part article we are showing the need for organizational ambidexterity, introduce the concept, show how it can be implemented and provide two case studies from leading German firms. . Radical and incremental innovation – two types of innovation At …

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” …

Recording of Expert Panel discussion now online

On May 31, innovation-3’s Frank Mattes moderated an Expert Panel Discussion on making innovation pay. The session focused on methods to increase the rate of innovation, reduce individual level costs per innovation and encourage fail fast methods. This session was also looking for unusual ways that organizations have managed to drive innovation execution to make returns on their innovation investments …

Open Innovation in Germany: The 2011 agenda

2011 has started with a huge uptake in Open Innovation in Germany. Firms are investing much more energy and budget for innovating their innovation management than they did last year. Based on discussions and projects within Germany’s largest firms and a formal questionnaire sent out to 80 German Open Innovation managers I see six issues on the German 2011 Open …

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 …

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 …

Business Model innovation

When talking to innovation managers and executives I usually find a diversity in answers on the question “Are business model innovations relevant? And what is a business model innovation anyhow?” A Business Model innovation is NOT a revolutionary let’s-get-rid-of-all-the-old-stuff-completely activity. It’s NOT: “Start-ups can easily overthrow corporate behemoths” “Classic management / financials are not relevant – Substitute currencies e.g. „share …

How to implement business model innovation – the IDEO way

Colin Raney recently expressed his views on how to implement Business Model innovations. Colin is a Business Designer at IDEO, where he helps organizations launch new ventures and find new avenues for growth. IDEO itself is a design and innovation consultancy based in Palo Alto, California, United States. The company helps design products, services, environments, and digital experiences. Additionally, the …