Strategy & Governance

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    New Book: Five Ways to Innovate Inside Bureaucracies


    Trying to make something new happen inside a big, established organization is never easy. Eric Haseltine and Chris Gilbert’s new book, “Riding the Monster: Five Ways to Innovate Inside Bureaucracies,” provides a guide to avoiding the gnashing teeth of the corporate machine, rather than getting chewed up and spit out.

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    Why Well-Run Companies Continue to Fail


    In the 24 years since Clay Christensen’s book The Innovator’s Dilemma was published, Christensen and many others uncovered a long list of reasons for why well-run companies can flounder. Despite these insights, leading companies now lose their leadership positions more quickly than ever before. The key question we must now answer is: “Why?”

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    Member Spotlight: Elaine Chen, Tufts University


    Elaine Chen is the Cummings Family Professor of Practice and the Director of the Derby Entrepreneurship Center at Tufts University. We spoke with Chen as part of our IL Member Spotlight series, which profiles our members.

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    PepsiCo’s Demand Accelerator Takes Consumer Insights to Next Level


    The Global SVP and Head of PepsioCo’s  Demand Accelerator program discussed the efficacy of the Demand Accelerator, the specific data PepsiCo uses, consumer trends in the food and beverage industry, and more.

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    New Data on Design in Large Companies


    What role should design play in product and service innovation, as well as influencing overall corporate culture and process? In July 2021, we conducted a short survey to gather data and qualitative insights from corporate innovation, new product, strategy, and R&D leaders. Here’s a look at the results.

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    Overcoming Legacy Thinking at Established Organizations


    MGM Resorts President Atif Rafiq sat down to discuss the dangers of legacy thinking, the benefits of risk-taking in the innovation and career space, and his advice for creating a learning culture that benefits an organization. 

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    IDEO U Leaders on Designing for Change


    Innovation teams often have a vision for a better future, but making that vision a reality involves bringing others on board. Getting people at organizations to talk about change is easy. Meanwhile, effectively moving the needle can be a challenge. So, where do you get started? Coe Leta Stafford, ...

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    Pandemic Lessons from the Salvation Army


    Leaders from the Salvation Army share lessons from the pandemic, making budget adjustments amidst a health crisis, and implementing strategy changes across an entire organization.

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    How the Marlins Create a ‘Uniquely Miami’ Fan Experience


    Michael Shaw, Vice President and Head of Experience and Innovation for the Miami Marlins, discusses projects that create a unique fan experience, and explores the future of the game in a post-COVID world.

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    Vox VP on the Future of Digital Journalism


    Edwin Wong works with data to identify trends in Vox’s audience. That information can be used to identify stories that most interest readers…

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    Top 10 Automakers’ Commitment to EV Innovation


    Is the future of the automotive industry electric? In 2021, a growing number of automakers are betting big that the answer is “yes.” Here’s our look at what’s coming down the road next.

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    Pursuing Four Sustainability Goals at Russia’s Biggest Grocery Retailer


    With 17,000 stores across Russia, X5 is the largest retailer of food and groceries in the country. Find out how the company is addressing sustainability. 

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    How Manufacturer Leviton Found Opportunities to Innovate Amidst the Pandemic


    During the pandemic, sessions where engineers would sit down on-site with key customers and better understand their use cases for Leviton’s products had to change. Here’s how the lighting and wiring giant addressed that challenge.

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    Member Spotlight: Rick Robinson, AARP


    Rick Robinson, the Vice President of Startup Engagement at AARP Innovation Labs, sat down with Innovation Leader as a part of our member spotlight series…

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    What Matters in Innovation — June 25, 2021


    What mattered in innovation this week? Innovation Leader’s Scott Kirsner and Kaitlin Milliken join Derisk CEO Alex Slawsby to discuss. That includes some of the innovation news that you may have missed this week, and why it matters for innovators working in big organizations. In this ...

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    Designing for Global Markets at Kimberly-Clark


    Diapers, baby wipes, and toilet paper are essential household products that millions of families can’t live without. But how can these products be reimagined after spending decades on store shelves? Justin Sparks, Global Design Director, Kimberly-Clark Design — both of packaging and the products themselves ...

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    Tennis Association CMO on Forging Stronger Connections with Fans


    The US Tennis Association’s CMO shares storytelling tips and explains how her team stayed connected digitally with fan’s during the most recent US Open.

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    How W.L. Gore Stays Agile by Celebrating Failure


    In a recent interview with Innovation Leader, Linda Elkins, Head of W.L. Gore’s Innovation Center in Silicon Valley, shares insights on how she prioritizes innovation opportunities.

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    Inside the Data-Driven Strategy that Keeps Wayfair Agile


    Fiona Tan, Wayfair’s Global Head of Customer and Supplier Technology, shared insights on balancing organic innovation with M&A, using data to stay agile, and more.

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    Campbell’s Snacks Exec on Marrying Strategy with Creativity


    Audrey Smith, Director of Visual Equity and Design for Campbell’s Snacks, shares details about her design process, the power of the designer’s mindset, and more.