Author Archives: Stefan Lindegaard

Open Innovation Bullies

Large companies have always used their size and power to get things their way. This is no different with open innovation. So I am not surprised when I listen to people from smaller companies complain about the behaviours of large companies when they start working together. Such behaviours were confirmed by several large companies at the recent Open Innovation Summit. ...

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Scouting for Innovation

Nerac is a global research and advisory firm for companies developing innovative products and technologies. Two of their employees, Kristy Lutz Ulmer and Margaret Fiore, recently published a report on how companies scout for innovation. I just got to read it and I find this to be great stuff that I want to share with you. You should also download ...

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You Must Innovate Across Silos to Succeed

Vertical integration is becoming a buzz-word in the business world. Wall Street Journal recently had a good article, Companies More Prone To Go Vertical, in which they gave many examples on how companies as diverse as PepsiCo, Oracle, Boeing, Apple, General Motors and ArcelorMittal have chosen vertical approaches. According to the Wall Street Journal, the moves toward vertical integration are ...

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What is your Innovation Intent?

I believe innovation can only work to its full potential if it is aligned with an overall corporate strategy. Many companies mess up here. They simply do not have an innovation strategy. Companies have marketing or sales strategies, but only very few have an innovation strategy. What should an innovation strategy look like? It can come in many different forms ...

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Open Innovation Starts With A Why

A journalist recently asked me how companies should get started with open innovation. I replied as below: First ask this question: Why do we want open innovation? Many people believe open innovation is the Holy Grail and they just jump aboard without asking why open innovation is relevant to them. An answer to the why question should show an understanding ...

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General Mills' Open Innovation Initiative

At a first glance, the G-WIN initiative by General Mills looks just like the many other open innovation portals that are popping up right now. So rather than just giving my two cents on this, I did an interview with Jeff Bellairs, who is director of General Mills Worldwide Innovation Network, to get a better understanding of the whys and ...

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Don't Confuse User-Driven Innovation With Open Innovation

Denmark has its share of world-leading companies on user-driven innovation. Lego, the toy company, is a great example of this through their Adult Fan Of Lego groups and many other initiatives. Another example is Coloplast which develops products and services that make life easier for people with very personal and private medical conditions. Their business includes ostomy care, urology and ...

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Building an Innovation Engine in China

I recently made another trip to China. My purpose was to meet with innovation leaders in order to build further on my understanding of the Chinese innovation community and thus on my global perspectives on innovation. I had a couple of meetings and I did an improvised session at a company. Having met about 15 people and having spent 5 ...

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