Author Archives: Stefan Lindegaard
Innovation might seem a bit foggy at times, but I have a pretty clear vision that the future for this increasingly important discipline will be build on three key elements; Fast, Open and Global. If you follow my blog, then you know I have a strong focus on open innovation. This is one of the key elements, but it cannot stand by itself. Companies must bring the open approach into a fast and global perspective. I give a brief explanation on the elements below, but first let me share why I write this post. I simply find the combination intriguing and I want to look further into this, write about it on my blog and share my findings through LinkedIn and Twitter. Hopefully, this will result in a new book in the spring of 2011. It would great to get you involved and I hope you will join the discussions … Continue reading
I just read an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal on how the video game industry prepares to launch new technology-based developments such as new motion-based controllers. In the article, we are told that one of the biggest challenges for the video game industry is the rise of free or cheap games on mobile phones and social networks. Consumers have changed their behaviors. This is a common, simple, yet crucial observation that many people working with innovation often tend to overlook. Companies can deliver all the latest technologies and the coolest products, but it does not really matter if we do not make this work together with new business models that adapts to the changes of consumers and customers. Scott Anthony gets into this in this nice article, Three Critical Innovation Lessons from Apple. The lessons are: Don’t just focus on building beautiful products. Build beautiful business models, new … Continue reading
Can it work? by Stefan Lindegaard I ask whether CFO’s can make innovation happen, but in reality this should not even be a question of whether it can be done but rather a question of how to do it. The reason for turning this a how-to question is the increasing role of the CFO in many companies. Their influence keeps growing and this includes influence on innovation and in particular on the funding that goes to innovation. The problem is that these executives often have a hard time understanding innovation as this discipline is full of risk and uncertainty, which is somewhat different from their corporate world. I have no clear-cut answers on how to make this work, but let me share some thoughts and hopefully others can join in with more advice. First, I believe you need to better understand the focus of such top executives. Their world is … Continue reading
Ben Verleg recently asked about my views on Apple and innovation. The short version is that I am big fan of Apple products and if you can make such great products, you obviously also do well with regards to innovation. One thing I really like about Apple is that they seem to understand that innovation goes beyond the product itself. Think iTunes, other services, design and marketing. They execute very well on this. Apple is a very unique company and innovation is in their corporate DNA. This is the highest level of innovation maturity a company can reach and it is a very strong asset that other companies have a hard time competing against. Such a strong innovation culture is the envy of many companies and they try hard to achieve a similar position. I have no doubt that they can find much inspiration at Apple. However, innovation DNA is … Continue reading
In this post, I am pleased to be able to share some insights on what Chris Thoen, Managing Director of Open Innovation at P&G believes will drive and/or impact the future of (open) innovation. Developing regions: There will be a tremendous amount of innovation in and from developing regions which is driven by population as well as capability growth in countries such as India, China and Brazil. Consumers/communities: Innovation will be driven by consumers and communities with the keywords being co-creation, “wisdom of crowds”, crowdsourcing and social media. Societal bets: Societies will drive more innovation through their bets on alternative/renewable energy, communications technology and software/networks/smart grid, etc. Dramatic changes in “where to look” for innovation: P&G believes there will be much more innovation coming from small and medium enterprises, governments and NGO’s. Challenges for future: The complexity of open innovation requires a mindset shift for leaders. Teamwork will not just … Continue reading
Anders Quitzau, an Innovation Executive at IBM forwarded an interesting presentation that gives a good overview of the many innovation activities that take place at IBM. How IBM Innovates (PDF) – Anders Quitzau Some keywords are open and global as summed up by this quote by Sam Palmisano (CEO): “We opened up our labs, said to the world, ‘Here are our crown jewels, have at them’. The Jam – and programs like it – are greatly accelerating our ability to innovate in meaningful ways for business and society” Anders, thanks for sharing this… Don’t miss an article – Subscribe to our RSS feed and join our Continuous Innovation group! Stefan Lindegaard is a speaker, network facilitator and strategic advisor who focus on the topics of open innovation, intrapreneurship and how to identify and develop the people who drive innovation.
Recently, I have read several interesting articles on how companies develop new projects based on rapid incubation or fast prototyping practices. Anthony Townsend, Director of Technology Development at the Institute for the Future wrote about rapid incubation and lightweight innovation models in this article, Moving Beyond Open Innovation. I agree with Townsend that the approaches he touches upon seem to work best for smaller web or software-based companies, but the potential is intriguing for almost any kind of company. In the article, What Start-Ups Can Teach Big Companies, Steve Lohr looks into the concept of “lean start-ups”. He describes this as: “The lean start-up model exploits the inexpensive, nimble technologies of open-source software and the Web to accelerate the pace of testing new ideas, finding customers and learning from mistakes, through constant trial and error.” Companies will encounter many challenges in order to make these approaches work (Townsend lists several … Continue reading