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 …

Balancing radical and incremental innovation via organizational ambidexterity

This is part 1 of a 2-part article co-written by innovation-3’s Frank Mattes and Ralph-Christian Ohr from Integrative Innovation. In this 2-part article we are showing the need for organizational ambidexterity, introduce the concept, show how it can be implemented and provide two case studies from leading German firms. . Radical and incremental innovation – two types of innovation At …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

The failure of Google wave – and the lessons

Harvard Business Review recently analyzed why Google  decided to shut down Wave just a year after its launch. In the view of HBR, the main reason was that Google was not able to figure out before hand if there would be a market for Wave. In this article, Google recived credits for having measurable criteria for killing projects. In my …