Getting an Innovation Program Started

We’ve collected more than 25 research reports, case studies, peer advice pieces, presentations, and conference call recordings especially for people just putting an innovation program in place. These are our most helpful resources on setting strategy, building the team, ensuring widespread support, and putting in place a way to measure progress — without making rookie mistakes. And if you’re still trying to make the case about why innovation is something your company needs, check out our presentation, “The Innovation Imperative.

RESEARCH REPORTS

How big are innovation teams — and their budgets? Where do their project ideas come from? An overview of how innovation is structured at nearly 200 companies.
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Details how innovation groups get the budget for new positions; define the roles; work with HR — or on their own — to attract top talent; and integrate new hires.
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Covers what kind of metrics companies use today, as well as the difference between “activity” and “impact” metrics.
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Explores how innovation and R&D groups can create productive working relationships with the operating divisions of the company.
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CASE STUDIES

GE exec shares details and slides on open innovation efforts
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How the Catalyst Fund for new ideas works at Thomson Reuters
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Humana exec on the ups and downs of innovation programs
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Learning and slides from Pfizer’s work to foster a culture of innovation
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IL CONFIDENTIAL: OUR VIDEO SERIES ON SPURRING INNOVATION

Looking to understand your CEO better, bring customers into the development process, or work more efficiently with legal and compliance groups? Our “IL Confidential” video series brings you insights from innovators on a variety of topics.

Our most recent videos feature insider advice from Nondini Naqui, an intrapreneur and innovation leader who has worked in insurance and banking.

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PEER ADVICE

10 observations on challenges of innovating in an established organization
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So you’re trying to innovate in a heavily-regulated industry…
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What no one says about politics and culture — and how they impact innovation
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These are the things that kill innovation initiatives
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THE INNOVATION IMPERATIVE

This 2017 presentation collects some of the best advice we’ve heard on getting an initiative going; some of the choices that you’ll face; some of our survey data about average maturity or sophistication of innovation efforts at large companies; guidance on what to measure; powerful CEO quotes on the value of innovation; things that can prove fatal to innovation programs; and examples of companies doing it right. It’s ideal for someone just getting started in an innovation role, making the case for sufficient resources, or working to get a program off the ground. Available in PowerPoint format for your own editing or remixing, or in PDF form for easy sharing.

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CONFERENCE CALL RECORDINGS

How ExxonMobil started a grassroots innovation program that is changing company culture
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How EY launched an innovation program inside a professional services firm
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Lessons from Cisco’s first company-wide idea challenge
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EMC’s innovation program focuses on strategic challenges that the businesses care about
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STARTING AN INNOVATION LAB — ADVICE FROM MONA VERNON

With seven labs across the globe, the media and information giant Thomson Reuters has a larger network of innovation labs than most companies.

Mona Vernon, Chief Technology Officer of Thomson Reuters Labs, discusses goals, people, governance, and the relationship between a lab and the core business. Vernon also touches on the question of where to locate an innovation lab.

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DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES SHARED BY OUR MEMBERS

Kennametal: Our governance council
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MetLife: Surviving the innovation danger zone
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Deb Arcoleo of Hershey’s: Innovation imperatives
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Brown Brothers Harriman: Innovation briefing
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THE CORPORATE INNOVATION ROADMAP

In collaboration with several Innovation Leader members, we’ve developed a new template that we call an innovation roadmap.

The goal was to create a high-level map of the elements of any effective innovation effort, from spelling out the vision to forging partnerships to monitoring results. We also wanted to keep it simple — something that you could start to fill out at the earliest stages of an effort, and modify it or add to it as you progress.

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ADVICE FROM OUR STRATEGIC PARTNERS

Spigit: Six Ways to Create a Successful Innovation Program
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Moves The Needle: Practical Tips, Tactics and Stories
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Imaginatik: The Four Types of Innovation Metrics
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Idea Scale: A Four-Week Innovation Program Workbook
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