Report from the German flagship conference on Open Innovation

At the end of September, leading Open Innovation practitioners from the German-speaking countries gathered for the annual flagship conference, organized by Germany’s leading business daily, the HANDELSBLATT. The speaker panels included some of the best firms from the German-speaking countries, including Bayer, Beiersdorf, Deutsche Bank, Nestlé, smatch.com, Volkswagen and Wittenstein (one of Germany’s “hidden champions”). The international perspective on Open …

Communicating for attracting open innovators

Last week I had an interesting discussion with a tier 1 supplier in the automotive industry about the right communication strategy in his project to set up a proprietary innovation network. The two extreme positions we identified were on the one hand ‘Don’t open up at all’ and on the other hand ‘Be completely open’. In our discussion we found …