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What Powers the Business Models of Apple, IKEA, and Uber?

“Business model innovation is perhaps the most important form of innovation,” contends author Langdon Morris, “because it’s available to any company of any size, anywhere in the world. All it takes is insight, and the willingness to listen well and try something new.” In this excerpt, Morris lays out a framework and questions that can be helpful in designing new business models or improving existing ones.

Bringing Star Wars to Life at Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB: Podcast

While everyone knows Star Wars and Indiana Jones, not everyone is familiar with ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment branch that builds interactive experiences using VR and AR. In this episode of Innovation Answered, we take a deep dive into ILMxLAB’s projects and ask, “What will the entertainment of the future look like?”

New York City Roundtable on Organizational Agility and Emerging Tech

In late March, we brought together 15 innovation and R&D leaders from large organizations in New York City to discuss organizational agility and emerging tech. The gathering was hosted by Samsung NEXT, the innovation group within Samsung Electronics dedicated to identifying new growth opportunities.

Playing In the Startup Sandbox: Podcast

In this episode of Innovation Answered, we walk through different models for working with startups and find out “Should big companies even try to plug in to the startup ecosystem?” Podcast host Kaitlin Milliken calls Arvind Purushotham, the Head of Venture Investing at Citi Ventures, to find out how the company invests in and partners with startups. This episode also includes insights  from Northwestern Professor Mohan Sawhney and  Jenny Lawton, COO of Techstars, a startup accelerator program.

How Truck Manufacturer PACCAR is Innovating for the Long Haul

When Elon Musk first teased the all-electric Tesla Semi in 2017, he said “This will be a very spry truck. You can drive this around like a sports car.” We’ll have to wait until later this year to see if that statement holds up, but what’s clear now is that Tesla isn’t alone in the ring of companies experimenting with electric, autonomous, and smarter commercial vehicles. We sat down with Kyle Quinn, CTO at the truck manufacturer PACCAR to learn about the company’s innovation focuses, what technology his team is pursuing, and how he approaches being PACCAR’s first CTO.

Photos: Silicon Valley Roundtable on Creating Customer-Led Experiences

In late February, we brought together 15 innovation and R&D leaders from large organizations in San Mateo, Calif. The gathering was hosted by EmbraerX, the disruptive innovation group that is part of the Brazilian aerospace company Embraer. Photos inside…

Podcast: Inside the Mind of Clay Christensen

Podcast Host Kaitlin Milliken sits down with Innovation Leader’s Editor Scott Kirsner to discuss his coverage of Clay Christensen. During the discussion, they explore the meaning of disruption, barriers to innovation at large companies, and industries that are ripe for change. Clips from interviews with Christensen are played throughout. Listen to the full episode or read the transcript.

Q&A: Whose Approval do you Need to Spend Your Budget?

In a recent Q&A email, we asked the Innovation Leader community the following question: “Whose approval do you need in order to spend your budget after it has been allocated? Or do you just need to inform and align your senior leadership about your plans?” See the answers…

Live Call Replay: Alex Osterwalder on Overcoming the Challenges of Business Model Innovation

Many companies focus on optimizing the core business, executing on a business model that has long been established. However, focusing on the day-to-day can be detrimental if the company ignores the future. Alex Osterwalder, inventor of the Business Model Canvas, shares how testing new business models can help companies prepare for the future. During a conference call with IL members, Osterwalder discussed new roles, organizational structures, and metrics for more effective innovation. Listen to the full conversation or read the highlights…

Citi Ventures Leader: Not All Transformations are Digital

As software continues to “eat the world” and large organizations work to keep pace with technological change, there can be a tendency to assume that all transformations are now digital transformations. But that is not entirely true. Beth Devin of Citi Ventures explains, with examples from Ford, Microsoft, and SAP.