What Digital Transformation really means: Participate in our Peer Group study

Digital Transformation has become a hot business topic. While executives need answers to prevent an expensive miss-fire, the Digital narrative is stuck in buzzword territory. Much has been written on the “WHY?” of Digital Transformation. The missing part of this story is the “WHAT?” and “HOW?” of Digital Transformation. High-level statistics show the state of thinking, however they are short on actionable insights. …

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 …

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 …

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 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 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 …

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 …

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 …

Trends in innovation management

In a recently published article in InnovationManagement Georges Haour, Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at IMD, states two major trends in innovation management. Innovation ecosystems First, companies must deal with more and more external inputs. By being aware of and accessing what universities, SMEs or start-ups can offer to complement their own internal capabilities, companies are in a much …