Dr Carmen Kobe leads the Creativity and Innovation research group at Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL), ETH, Zurich. She researches and teaches innovation processes, front end innovation, and development of companies’ and employees’ innovation capability. In 2008 she founded Kobe Consulting, a spinoff of ETH that focuses on supporting technical companies to become more innovative (

Four Approaches to Fostering Companies’ Innovation Capability

For many companies being and continuing to be innovative is essential. But how can companies become ‘more’ innovative? Carmen Kobe & Ina Goller asked experts, consultants, and managers how they experienced successful improvement of innovativeness in their business life. Out of the interviews four interventions that are used to develop companies’ innovation capabilities could be extracted.