Reports & Research

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.

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Changing Culture in Large Organizations

In our view, fostering a culture that is supportive of innovation has never been more important than right now. 2020 will be a year of tremendous stress, pivots, and reprioritizing in every organization. Will your organization be able to source and act on the best ideas — ideas that may come from anyone? Test them fast enough? Get them deployed with help from colleagues who are working from home? Show your senior leadership the impact you’re having — when you can no longer knock on their office doors for a quick chat? A culture that is supportive of innovation is one that is agile. It will help many organizations rebound from the intense challenges caused by the coronavirus outbreak.  Innovation Leader’s latest research report offers case studies, data, and concrete guidance on how to change your organization’s culture for the better at this critical juncture.


Quick Wins: Data and Case Studies on Delivering Results Fast

What role should quick wins play in your innovation or R&D portfolio? That’s the question we set out to answer with a survey and a set of qualitative interviews in our most recent research report. 


How Innovation, R&D, and Strategy Executives Get Paid

If you’re doing innovation-related work in a large organization, how much should you be earning? 

More Research Reports

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    Benchmarking Innovation Impact 2020

    Data, insights, and advice from more than 200 of your peers to help you overcome innovation challenges.

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    Startup Engagement: Best Practices for Large Organizations

    Learn how some of the top-performing organizations in the world design strategies to engage with startups.

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    Co-Creation & Ecosystem Development

    Get data from 275 innovation professionals on co-creation and ecosystem development.

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    Innovation & Risk

    How well-aligned is your innovation group with colleagues in legal, compliance & security? Our 50-page report is packed with advice.

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    Best Innovation Coverage of 2018

    We pulled data on the most popular reports, case studies & resources that our team produced in 2018. Get insights from our 12 top resources and another 15 from our partners.

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    Blueprints for Corporate Innovators

    One of the big projects we’ve been working has been building tools, templates, and other resources to help people working on innovation in large organizations…

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    Benchmarking Innovation Impact 2018

    Innovating inside large organizations is not easy. So how do you deliver concrete, tangible impact — over the short-term, medium-term, and long-term? Innovation Leader and KPMG have collaborated to create the go-to resource on corporate innovation, based on detailed survey data and interviews with senior executives at Whirlpool, Boeing, Johnson & Johnson, Southern Company, General Motors, and more.

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    Healthcare Innovation from the Leading Edge

    Healthcare organizations are an extremely complex environments for innovation. Our report explores how healthcare companies have set up new initiatives that deliver results.

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    Scouting Trends & Emerging Tech

    How do large companies scout the trends and technologies that will be most relevant to their future success? Ourreport collects advice from executives...

  • Governance Report

    Governance, Reporting & Communications

    This report collects the best insights from innovation execs at companies like Johnson & Johnson, ExxonMobil, and others, including recommendations from our members…

  • Business Units Report

    Innovation Teams & Business Units

    Our report on building productive relationships between innovation groups and the business units includes insights and advice from AIG, Ralph Lauren, W.L. Gore and more.

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    How Much are Innovation Execs Paid?

    We fielded a compensation survey that analyzed the base pay and bonuses of nearly 250 executives responsible for innovation at large corporations. Get data here…

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    Getting Connected Products Right

    We surveyed companies active in, interested in, or developing connected products. Here’s the downloadable PDF report summarizing what we found.

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    Making Lean Startup Work

    Our 83-page downloadable report is filled with advice, case studies, articles, interviews, and results from our recent survey of Innovation Leader members on lean startup deployment.

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    Innovation Software Survey Results: Who’s Using What?

    We analyze the results of our Q1 survey of 115 innovation executives, which explored how they're using innovation software — and what software they're using...

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    Innovation Labs: Getting Started & Delivering Results

    What exactly is an innovation lab? For our report on innovation labs, we talked to more than 20 executives at companies like Walmart, Home Depot, IKEA, and others.

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    How Innovation Teams Bring on Top Talent

    This report explores how companies are getting the budget they need; describing the roles they’ve created; and more. It also includes more than 20 recent job descriptions.

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    Benchmarking Report 2015

    We surveyed nearly 200 innovation leaders, and the result is Innovation Benchmarking Report 2015, a report that gives focus to data that can help solve innovators’ challenges. Download the 40-page study here…

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    Untangling Innovation Metrics

    Measuring innovation has come up in every interview, conversation, and Field Study. This report captures what we’ve learned so far — both what executives are tracking today, and what they’re still working to capture.

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    How Innovation Execs Are Paid

    What’s the average salary for a VP Innovation? What about Directors or Catalysts? Does company size or reporting structure impact pay? Find out in our compensation survey…