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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Report from the OI Masterclass – Part II

We then went on and discussed about the basic factors for successful OI, i.e. having a clear Intellectual Property approach and finding / managing external innovators. In this context I showed my proven approach to cross-industry innovation that helps in finding innovation partners from other industries. What surprised most of the participants in this section is that there are clear …

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 …

Report from the flagship conference on Open Innovation in Germany – Part I

On December 02 and 03, 2010 some 100 Open Innovation practitioners gathered for this year’s German flagship conference on Open Innovation in Frankfurt. Together with Handelsblatt, the leading German business daily I designed a program that covered both R&D-driven and customer-facing (crowdsourcing, co-creation) Open Innovation. Apart from myself, the speaker panel included the leading companies in German Open Innovation such …

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 …

How to Make Cross-Industry, Cross-Science Innovation Work

Many companies have already discovered that breakthrough innovation needs openness to for cross-industry and cross-science approaches, and especially for new industries. The big question, the answer to which is worth millions of Euros, is how to do it. In a 16-page case study (published here) I analyzed how InnovationLab is attempting to find an answer. InnovationLab is an innovation consortium of …

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 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 …

A role model for cross-industry innovation: The German textile industry

Smart textiles and fibers are a success story in Germany these days. Additionally they provide excellent case studies in cross-industry and cross-science innovation. Some years ago, the German textile industry was a sad story. Around 800,000 jobs in this industry were lost since the early seventies and only one out of seven companies survived. Yet the German textile industry with …