Author Archives: Ralph Ohr

Business model innovation (BMI) is becoming ever more important as it turns out increasingly difficult for companies to differentiate based on products and services alone. Continue reading

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There is a lot of dicussion around how customer orientation effects innovation. Ralph Ohr dives into research by V. Govindarajan, P. K. Kopalle and E. Danneels which studies the effects of customer orientation on a firm’s innovativeness. Continue reading

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Recently, I was quite delighted to see my post Integrating Lean Startup and Design Thinking ranked #11 of the Top 100 Innovation Posts 2014 at Innovation Excellence. Once again, I was pondering why this post has been by far the most resonating one I’ve written up to now. Continue reading

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Leveraging startups and new ventures for innovation is becoming increasingly important for established firms. Examples and key points from Ralph-Christian Ohr… Continue reading

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Balancing Large and Small Firm Capabilities

Organizations need to balance exploitation (i.e. development of existing business) and exploration (i.e. creation of new businesses) in order to thrive on the short and long term. Corresponding integration of incremental and radical innovation can basically be achieved in different ways… Continue reading

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The Lean Startup concept is an appropriate choice for creating new businesses through development of an already existing idea or vision. Design thinking, on the other hand, might be preferred if the right business idea has not been found yet and customer needs or problems are still vague. Continue reading

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Innovation and Serendipity

I have pointed out the importance of diversity for innovation and organizational adaptability. Diversity is a crucial precursor to serendipity. In the Power of Pull, John Hagel, John Seely Brown and Lang Davison emphasize the rising need for serendipity… Continue reading

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