Excellence in the Fuzzy Front-End – Part 3

In the first parts of this article series we argued that that the scope and nature of innovation is changing. Big Data, Social Innovation, Additive Manufacturing (3D-Printing etc.) Design Thinking, Lean Start-up, etc. are becoming Good Practice in innovation management. We argued that in “making innovation things right”, i.e. in the back-end of the innovation funnel, many firms have established …

Excellence in the Fuzzy Front-End – Part 2

In the first part of this article series we argued that that the scope and nature of innovation is changing. Big Data, Social Innovation, Additive Manufacturing (3D-Printing etc.) Design Thinking, Lean Start-up, etc. are becoming Good Practice in innovation management. We argued that in “making innovation things right”, i.e. in the back-end of the innovation funnel, many firms have established …

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 …

Leading firms are discussing with innovation-3 about “Open Innovation inside the firm”

Open Innovation inside the firm (sometimes also called intra-firm Open Innovation) is an extremely hot topic in Central Europe. And innovation-3 is in the sweet spot of helping leading firms to use the “wisdom of the internal crowd” for driving innovation performance. In the second half of May, innovation-3 will conduct a one-day workshop on this issue with clients 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 …

Where Open Innovation and strategic planning meet

Recently we had an interesting discussion with the Head of Corporate Strategy of a multinational German company. The question that we discussed was: “Which implications will Open Innovation have on the strategy process of global companies – Where are opportunities, what needs to be modified?”. To better understand my discussion partner’s perspective we first had a look at the strategy …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …