Northrop Grumman exec on how innovation, R&D, and business units can ‘increase awesome’

How do you build innovation muscle in a company already known for having serious R&D brawn?

That’s the challenge at companies like Northrop Grumman, which have historically relied on research and development divisions to supply breakthroughs for customers — but which want to find ways to innovate in other parts of their business, and make the overall company culture more accepting of blue-sky thinking and experimentation.

On a recent IL Live conference call, Kevin Parsons, the Director of Innovation and Transformation at Northrop Grumman, joined us to explain how his innovation group is influencing the culture and bringing business units into its process — without antagonizing the R&D folks.

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