Industry-sector priorities in designing the Fuzzy Front-End

In our last posts we have built a case that large organizations should invest energy in actively designing their early phase of the innovation process – the so-called “Fuzzy Front-End” (FFE) in a way that it delivers meaningful and promising innovation ideas and concepts. It is emerging practice that there are some key design parameters (see our last post for more …

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. …

Balancing Innovation via Organizational Ambidexterity – Part 3

This is the third and final part of a 3-part article co-written by Frank Mattes and Ralph-Christian Ohr. The first part highlighted that radical and incremental innovation build on two different innovation set-ups (exploration and exploitation, respect. The second part showed in a sample of seven leading firms that ambidexterity is used in two main types – contextual and structural …

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 …

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. …

Balancing Innovation via Organizational Ambidexterity (Part 2)

In the first part of a 3-part article series (see HERE) innovation-3’s Frank Mattes and Integrative Innovation’s Ralph-Christian Ohr worked out why successful firms need to balance radical and incremental innovation. They introduced the concept of organizational ambidexterity as an appropriate way for simultaneously conducting exploration and exploitation, the two paradigms behind radical and incremental innovation. This second part shows …

Key issues in Open Innovation networks

Recently, innovation-3’s Frank Mattes ran a high-level workshop with 6 firms from different industries on “Best Practices in managing Open Innovation networks”. The participants were at C-/SVP-level coming from Bayer (Chemical/Pharma), Beiersdorf (FMCG), Deutsche Telekom (Telco), Evonik (Chemical), Samsung (Electronics) and Siemens (Electical). In preparing the workshop, the participants were asked to rank potential discussion topics by the importance for …

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 …

Hot topic in Central European Open Innovation: Core competencies

Every 4 months or so, innovation-3 conducts a practitioner’s workshop with experts and managers from leading firms on the issues that really matter within the context of Open / Collaborative Innovation. The topics that these firms are discussing can be seen as an early warning sign of things to come. In the past, issues such as “Innovation networks”, “Merging of …

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 …

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 …

Flagship conference: Open Innovation in Germany

HANDELSBLATT is Germany’s leading business daily newspaper. I worked with them to set up what probably will be the THE leading Open Innovation conference this year (for the conference program have a look here) in Germany. The event will take place on December 02-03, 2010 in Frankfurt. I was responsible for designing the program and speaker acquisition and secured top-notch …