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Visit innovation labs of Visa, Verizon, others at our SF Field Study, Feb. 1-2

Join us for our next Field Study in San Francisco on Feb. 1 & 2, when we’ll visit the innovation labs at Verizon and Visa, plus whiteboard sessions with execs at Disney, Walmart, Wells Fargo, Cisco, and others.

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Next Live Call: How W.L. Gore is using lean startup and Business Model Canvas

Chip Coffey, Innovation Leader at W.L. Gore, the advanced fabrics and materials science company in Delaware, joins us for the last IL Live call of 2016 on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 3:30 p.m. EST. Coffey was the first Gore employee to bring in the lean startup methodology and Business Model Canvas tool, and pilot them within an operating division of the company. He’ll provide a progress report and answer your questions about how these approaches work at a company that makes physical, not digital, products.

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Exclusive Compensation Report: How Much are Innovation Execs Paid?

Innovation Leader fields the only compensation survey that analyzes base pay and bonuses of nearly 250 executives responsible for innovation at large companies, whether they’re in the R&D, strategy, new product development, or technology organization. With data gathered in Q3 2016, we’re proud to present the latest edition of our exclusive compensation study. It includes comments from executives at every level, from Chief Innovation Officers and SVPs down to directors and managers of innovation, along with suggestions for how compensation systems could work better.

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What’s inside our fall print magazine

Packed with Innovation Leader’s award-winning content, our print magazine continues our mission of providing useful guidance, comparables, case studies, tactics, and strategies for innovation and R&D leaders at large corporations. Our fall issue features case studies and articles on Airbus, MasterCard, MetLife, Domino's Pizza, and others. Plus tons of thought leadership, lean startup survey data, and more. See what's inside, download »

All you need to know: Digital Innovation

Our coverage of digital innovation doesn’t attempt to track each new technology trend or buzzword, but rather we explore the way large companies are organizing differently to identify trends and build new digital products and services that meet real market needs. Our new “topic” page compiles our best articles, live calls, and resources on digital innovation.

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Our latest downloadable reports

Innovation Leader publishes in-depth quarterly special reports on a variety of topics. Our latest reports are listed below. Reports are available for members only.

  • Innovation Labs Report
  • Connected Products Report
  • Innovation Metrics Report
  • Innovation Hiring Report
  • See all downloadable reports »

    White paper: Removing barriers for idea submission

    Whether your organization is focused on internal R&D, BD&L, Strategic Sourcing or Marketing/Consumer insights to drive innovation, the output of your program is often as only as good as its inputs. So, how can you streamline the process for gathering ideas? Read this whitepaper to learn more »

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    Webcast replay: What top corporate innovators are doing in 2016

    Innovation Leader editor and co-founder Scott Kirsner shares seven examples of how companies like Toyota, Disney, GE, and Amazon are working to innovate better, faster, cheaper — and more collaboratively. The webcast also explores some of the factors that lead to premature death for innovation initiatives.

    Photos: How Lululemon Athletica is bringing designers closer to customers

    At a new "lab" store in Manhattan's Noho neighborhood, customers come in to peruse merchandise in the front of the store, and when they head to the fitting rooms to try it on, or to a counter to pay for it, they're just a few steps away from the designers who work in the back half of the space. Photos inside...

    The secret of corporate innovation is …

    Here are seven things we see having a big impact inside large organizations, and seven things that set you up for failure.

    ‘Go where you’re loved’: Intuit executive shares advice on rolling out lean startup for maximum impact

    If you've been debating whether and how to roll out the lean startup methodology in your organization, Bennett Blank of Intuit has a question: What are you waiting for? "I can't tell you how many times I've talked [about lean] with other executives who are like, 'OK, we'll spend four or five months benchmarking it, and then we'll put together a program, and then we'll spend eight months creating the curriculum, and then we'll launch it next year.'" Here's how Blank did it at Intuit...
    See all Lean Startup articles »

    How P&G has evolved its Clay Street innovation studio to have broader impact

    Over the past decade, many of the ideas that had seemed novel when Procter & Gamble's Clay Street innovation studio first opened — like its giant Marimekko bean bags, circle conversations, and cell phone bans — have become mainstream and “really commonplace in the rest of P & G,” explains Karen Hershenson. “We want to make sure … that people don't feel they have to be at Clay Street to be innovative, that they can be innovative anywhere. So that’s been our goal as we evolve.” Photos and diagram inside...

    How the Capital One Garage is incubating new products and ‘re-imagining the relationship with money’

    "We incubate and accelerate great products," says Gagan Kanjlia, co-founder of Capital One Garage, the incubator at the $24 billion financial services giant. "But also we're driving this broader business transformation, which is essential for larger companies like Capital One."

    “Process kills innovation”: Merck exec’s advice on fostering innovation in a global business

    When it comes to innovating across the globe and in emerging markets, Merck’s head of commercial innovation is adamant about streamlining processes and paperwork. “If you need ten steps and three forms to fill in for every idea you have, nobody is going to do it,” says Wim Vandenhouweele. Inside, his advice for building a global innovation capability in a highly-regulated industry...

    Photos: How Lululemon Athletica is bringing designers closer to customers

    At a new "lab" store in Manhattan's Noho neighborhood, customers come in to peruse merchandise in the front of the store, and when they head to the fitting rooms to try it on, or to a counter to pay for it, they're just a few steps away from the designers who work in the back half of the space. Photos inside...
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    How ESPN is using data to call the plays

    George Leimer, VP of Fantasy Sports and Premium Products at ESPN, discusses how the sports network is working to build a data and metrics-oriented culture, enabling analysis to replace hunches when it comes to developing and refining new products and services.

    How Siemens is finding the best startups and sparking collaborations

    When the $86 billion German engineering giant launched the Frontier Partner Program two years ago, it hoped to lower the barriers that kept startups from easily working with Siemens. Through Frontier, startups enter a low-commitment relationship in exchange for free Siemens software and mentorship. While the program is still in its infancy, Siemens seems pleased with the preliminary results of these relationships, and other companies are starting to take notice. Here's how the program operates...

    Getting Connected Products Right

    In Q3 2016, we surveyed companies active in, interested in, or developing connected products, in collaboration with the design and innovation consulting firm Altitude. Here's the downloadable PDF report summarizing what we found.

    Amex exec Lei Chen on building new capabilities and spreading a ‘growth mindset’

    In her position as VP of New Capabilities Innovation, Lei Chen was at the helm of a brand new team. She viewed the role as having three main components, and task number one was to “make sure we have the right talent in place to embrace the innovation that’s opened up by technology." Here's what she focused on...
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    At the Philadelphia 76ers new innovation lab, offering hands-on help to startups

    The new lab is open to hosting all kinds early-stage consumer product companies and some B2B concepts — not just sports or fitness-related startups. “The sports category, although it's really big, is pretty limiting,” says Managing Director Seth Berger. “The Sixers' network is so broad across so many different industries — to limit ourselves to sports didn't make sense.”

    How P&G has evolved its Clay Street innovation studio to have broader impact

    Over the past decade, many of the ideas that had seemed novel when Procter & Gamble's Clay Street innovation studio first opened — like its giant Marimekko bean bags, circle conversations, and cell phone bans — have become mainstream and “really commonplace in the rest of P & G,” explains Karen Hershenson. “We want to make sure … that people don't feel they have to be at Clay Street to be innovative, that they can be innovative anywhere. So that’s been our goal as we evolve.” Photos and diagram inside...

    How the Capital One Garage is incubating new products and ‘re-imagining the relationship with money’

    "We incubate and accelerate great products," says Gagan Kanjlia, co-founder of Capital One Garage, the incubator at the $24 billion financial services giant. "But also we're driving this broader business transformation, which is essential for larger companies like Capital One."

    At Honda’s Silicon Valley Lab, riding shotgun with Google, Apple, Visa, and others

    While it began life as an R&D outpost in 2000, and later added a venture capital team, Honda's Silicon Valley site is now a full-fledged innovation hub for the company, overseeing a range of important partnerships and startup interactions. Nick Sugimoto explains how it's set up.
    See all Labs & Spaces articles »