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4 Intrapreneurs on the Blues And Bliss of Big Company Innovation

May 18th, 2017|

Life as an innovator can be exciting and terrifying at the same time. The Intrapreneurship Conference is taking over Stockholm for the next three days. We are featuring 25+ intrapreneurs on stage- sharing their approaches and results, their challenges and failures, and their personal hopes and fears. We started the day with trending topics. We asked our four presenters about their lives as innovators in large companies – and how they keep their energy up also when times are though.

Don’t Fall in Love with your First Idea

November 15th, 2016|

In this interview, Dr. Alexander Osterwalder, Author and Co-Founder of Strategyzer, discusses what he believes to be the essential success factors of innovation and why his Business Model Canvas has become such a popular tool for organisations today.

Fostering Experience Led Design

July 1st, 2011|

Gus Desbarats has been designing and directing award-winning, commercially successful innovation continuously, for the last 28 years, for some of the world’s top brands. Today Gus shares his insightful views on innovation management and the importance of putting people’s experiences at the heart of business and innovation.

Building the Blocks of Social Innovation

June 27th, 2011|

Social innovation advocates challenge us to make the development and improvement of modern society our primary innovation goal. This week IM spoke with Josef Hochgerner, who created the first Centre for Social Innovation world-wide (1990) and introduced a definition of social innovation which increasingly meets approval among innovation experts. Find out more about his experiences and views on innovation management.

Directing R&D for a Good Cause

June 20th, 2011|

Many innovation managers are concerned with the successful transfer of new technology from universities to industries while monitoring and protecting intellectual property. This week IM spoke with Ariadna J. Rodríguez-Diaz who is in charge of the protection of intellectual property in new technologies for education at the School of Engineering at UNAM.

Achieving Sustainable Innovation

June 10th, 2011|

Creative business solutions benefit the bottom line, but many times they can also solve environmental challenges by cutting waste and better utilizing resources. Tanja Bisgaard from Novitas Innovation tells IM how she hopes to help her clients, their customers and the planet all at the same time.

The Wizard of Light Bulb Moments

June 3rd, 2011|

Do you believe in idea wizards? Some claim that Tom Evans is just that - an author, inspirational speaker and creative catalyst who has a knack for helping others find their creative flow. This week IM caught up with him to find out more on his innovative vision.

Changing Focus to Improve Innovation

May 27th, 2011|

Stephen Shapiro has extensive experience in leading innovation initiatives and has now authored various books on the subject. Read more about how he thinks innovation should be focused and what we can expect from him later this year.

Promoting a Mindset where “Problems” are Seen as Opportunities

May 20th, 2011|

This week IM spoke with Daniel Åhlström who is currently the Technical Center Director at Autoliv Sverige AB in Vårgårda, Sweden. Daniel shares his views on the importance of creating a creative climate while at the same time establishing a productive process for new development and innovation.

Transferring Innovation from Science to Business

May 13th, 2011|

From Science to Business on effective firm--university partnerships is a new book on the university-enterprise arm of innovation. Karin Wall talks with author Dr. Georges Haour, Professor at the executive education institute IMD.

Taking a Pause for Innovative Thinking

May 13th, 2011|

Holly Green, CEO of The Human Factor Inc., is an experienced business leader and behavioural scientist. Holly has a rare combination of extensive academic training and in-the-trenches experience working in and leading organizations. She tells IM that the most important lesson for innovation managers to learn is to slow down to allow for creative thinking.

Chris Thoen on Open Innovation -Part II

May 6th, 2011|

Chris Thoen head of Procter and Gamble's Open Innovation business has been talking with IM about what it takes to achieve excellence in Open Innovation. This week Chris touches on staffing and the culture of Open Innovation.

A New Era of ‘Collaborative Advantage’

April 29th, 2011|

This week IM caught up with Debra Amidon to ask her views on the evolution of innovation management as a profession. Debrah first wrote about intellectual capital in 1987 and became a practitioner as ‘global innovation strategist’ long before it was in vogue. As founder of ENTOVATION International Ltd, she has managed a global network of innovation experts across 67 countries for over 2 decades. She provides us with some perspective and counsel for the future.

StartUp America and the Realities of Innovation

April 28th, 2011|

StartUp America is President Obama's policy of choice to kick start jobs growth in the United States. StartUp America Partnership is a private sector initiative to help out. How closely related are they and what do they mean for innovation in America? We talked to Lesa Mitchell, VP Innovation at the Kauffman Foundation, one of the architects of the partnership.

Procter and Gamble’s Chris Thoen on Open Innovation

April 21st, 2011|

Procter and Gamble's Connect and Develop program signalled the transition of big business from a past based on internal R&D to a future based on connectivity and openness. Connect and Develop kick-started the open innovation movement. In a revealing interview Chris Thoen, who runs P&G's open innovation practice, tells Innovation Management about the future of P&G's Open Innovation strategy.

Turning Brains Into Idea Machines

April 15th, 2011|

Paul Williams, founder of Idea Sandbox, is a brainstormer and professional problem solver. Today he tells IM about the eight practical tasks of innovation he recommends to his clients and his new project of designing the world's best brainstorming destination.

Chris Bangle on Innovation

April 14th, 2011|

Chris Bangle is one of the most influential designers of the post-war era. He took over as Chief Designer at BMW in the early 1990s and transformed both the brand and the look of cars in general, drawing admiration, and envy, from competitors like Ford. Now running his own consultancy, Bangle talks to IM about innovation from a design perspective.

Rethinking Innovation

April 9th, 2011|

This week IM caught up with Ric Merrifield - consultant, author and business scientist at Microsoft, to get his views on the most important lessons for innovation management practitioners to learn and the direction of the profession as a whole. Ric had some valuable advice to share.

Management’s Tireless Champions

April 1st, 2011|

What does it take to be successful at managing innovation? Patricia Seybold, founder and CEO of the Patricia Seybold Group and a New York Times best-selling author on the subject of innovation has a few ideas to share.

Teaching Lateral Thinking to Leaders

March 25th, 2011|

Everyone can greatly benefit from improved lateral thinking skills, and no one more than entrepreneurs, managers and CEOs. This is exactly where motivational speaker and author, Paul Sloane focuses his energy. In this week's Hello There Paul tells IM about his experience and asks for your input on his most recent project.

Highlighting Global Innovation Trends

March 18th, 2011|

Richard Bendis, president and CEO of Innovation America tells IM about his personal approach to innovation management and how he is helping others to embrace innovation in the interest of encouraging our future leaders.

Ripples Become Tsunamis

March 4th, 2011|

Commonly the best way to initiate change is to enable leaders to pave the way forward. Mike Myatt is considered to be among the world's top CEO coaches and today he tells IM more about his experiences working with real leaders who embrace change and innovation.

Finding Fantastic Solutions in Unexpected Places

February 25th, 2011|

This week IM caught up with Klaus-Peter Speidel, who has embraced open innovation in the company he co-founded - hypios, a social marketplace for solutions. Klaus-Peter tells us more about the need-oriented approach to innovation and the importance of multiplicity and open-mindedness in the idea creation process.