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 …

Interview: The state of Enterprise 2.0 / Collaborative Innovation in Germany

innovation-3’s Frank Mattes was recently interviewed by Dachis Group’s Lara Hendrickson on the state of Enterprise 2.0, Collaborative Innovation and Social Business in Germany. In one sentence, describe the state of social in your country. Frank Mattes: Firms have gotten the message that they need to have an informant infrastructure…but the hidden message in there is they are not quite …

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. Before …

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 …

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 …

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 inside the firm: Managing intra-company innovation networks

Currently I am working with one of the world’s largest firms on design principles for inter-company innovation networks. Along with the rising interest in using Web 2.0 technology inside the company (“Enterprise 2.0”) many companies have embarked on initiatives to “webify” their internal innovation networks. The vast majority of these companies has started some initiatives and through various learning cycles …