Author Archives: Stefan Lindegaard

Innovation at IBM – Open and Global

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 ...

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Open Innovation + Rapid Incubation = Power

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 ...

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Why Talent Needs External Connections

The May issue of Fast Company had an interesting column by Dan and Chip Heath. They looked into the thinking of Boris Groysberg, a Harvard Business School professor who is due with a new book, Chasing Stars: The Myth of Talent and the Portability of Performance. In this book, Groysberg argues that talents and star performers – the case in ...

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Is China an Innovative Society?

I tapped into an interesting discussion on LinkedIn. Chris Gelken, who is host and co-producer of Today, a live news magazine, asked whether China is an innovative society. Personally, I find the development of China to be both fascinating and a bit frightening seen from a Western perspective. Based on several visit, my take is that if China avoids too ...

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Innovation Metrics of Leading Companies

I have often shunned the idea of metrics for innovation as it has been very difficult finding companies being good at this. However, I believe it is important to work this out in order to raise the innovation productivity and in this post I share some input from a couple of large corporations based on a discussion on LinkedIn last ...

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Increasing Innovation Productivity

In a 2006 article, P&G’s New Innovation Model, P&G stated that their open innovation program – along with improvements in other aspects of innovation related to product cost, design, and marketing – made their R&D productivity increase by nearly 60 percent since 2001. When I listen to P&G talks on innovation today, the innovation productivity has nearly doubled and open ...

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10 Signs That Innovation Will Fail

What are the signs that innovation in a company is set up to fail? It would be great to have a checklist, but unfortunately innovation is too complicated and company-specific to employ a standard checklist for this. However, we can share our insights on this and help each other become better at spotting the signs of failure. Thus I have ...

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Saving Curiosity from the Guillotine

This great topic was raised by Arthur Lok in a discussion in the Innovation Management group on LinkedIn. It made me wonder and reflect on my own level of curiosity, what this term means to me and how it effects innovation. I think we lose our sense of curiosity as we begin to build a power base that we feel ...

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