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 …

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 …

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 …

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: Achieving excellence in Open Innovation

Business + Innovation, the Executive magazine of the German research foundation Steinbeis, just published an article from innovation-3’s Frank Mattes on “Achieving excellence in Open Innovation”. This article, that Frank Mattes co-wrote with Dr. Philip Wagner from RWTH university at Aachen, explains why leading firms are opening up their innovation activities, which strategies they pursue and what makes up excellence …

Moving from “Open Innovation” to true Open Innovation

In the 10 years since Henry Chesbrough published his groundbreaking book on Open Innovation, a lot has happened. Almost any firm claims to do Open Innovation. However, if you look closely, most of the firms do not do true Open Innovation – they are merely running a multitude of open approaches to innovation. This article explains the fundamental differences between …

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 …

Interview with Frank Mattes: Generation 3 Innovation – The Open Collaborative Network

Source: IdeaConnection IdeaConnection Interview with Frank Mattes, Founder and CEO of innovation-3 January 9, 2012. By Vern Burkhardt Vern Burhardt (VB): You say that the third generation of innovation management has begun. Would you explain how this differs from the first and second generations of innovation management? Frank Mattes: In a historic view one can clearly distinguish three generations of …

How to design an Open Innovation roll-out project: 4 scenarios

In 2011, we saw an increasing Open Innovation maturity. Most have passed the threshold of conceptual discussions. Many have gone beyond testing some new approaches, such as e.g. using an Open Innovation intermediary. The “Early Adopters”, if we borrow this term from the theory of technology diffusion, see Open Innovation NOT as a one-size-fits-all strategy; rather they see it as …

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 …

Flagship conference: Open Innovation in Germany

HANDELSBLATT is Germany’s leading business daily newspaper. I worked with them to set up what probably will be the THE leading Open Innovation conference this year (for the conference program have a look here) in Germany. The event will take place on December 02-03, 2010 in Frankfurt. I was responsible for designing the program and speaker acquisition and secured top-notch …