Open Innovation: Henry Chesbrough on Barriers, Success Stories, and Business Unit Support

In a recent conference call, Innovation Leader Editor and Co-Founder Scott Kirsner spoke with open innovation guru Henry Chesbrough about how open innovation is being practiced at companies like Intel, Eli Lilly, Bayer, and United HealthCare; budgets and business unit ties; and some of the common barriers to making open innovation part of the way people work every day, rather than a one-off event.

How the United States Marine Corps is Accelerating Tech Acquisition and Embracing the Maker Movement

The United States Marine Corps works under an incredible imperative to continuously innovate for the purpose of securing our nation. However, it is also faced with the challenges of being a 242-year-old organization of over 300,000 “employees.” As part of our IL Live series of conference calls, Capt. Christopher Wood discussed some of the key inflection points in the Marine Corps’ history of innovation, and how the Corps is looking to foster the spirit of innovation today.

Six Types of Innovation Lab: The Pros and Cons

We’ve now written about or visited dozens of labs run by Global 1000 companies. This list lays out the six primary types we’ve seen — though there are “hybrids” which combine aspects of these — as well as the pros and cons of each.

Sandpaper: An essential item for the corporate innovator’s toolbox

You may want to embrace an innovation strategy that seeks to eliminate the things that aggravate employees or customers, which can pay off in a shorter timeframe, with very little risk.

Achieving impact in a large organization: Advice from your peers

We recently brought together a group of twenty senior innovation, product, and strategy executives in Manhattan, in collaboration with our partner Mindjet. The goal: to discuss how to create sustainable innovation programs that deliver big results. Here are twenty pieces of advice from the group…

Assessment: How Well Developed is Your Corporate Innovation Strategy?

Developed by Innovation Leader’s Editorial team, with input from corporate innovation executives, this assessment will help you evaluate the current maturity of your organization’s innovation strategy.

Four Steps to Getting your Innovative Subculture to Spread

Michael Foster, who has developed innovation programs at companies like Dun & Bradstreet and Fiserv, provides four tips for nurturing and elevating the “subculture” of innovation that exists within large organizations. One challenge he highlights: Most companies have a tendency to over-complicate things. Here’s his advice.

Six innovation agenda items for 2016

How are you going to make change and deliver results in 2016? Whether you work in an innovation group, new product development, strategy, or R&D, we believe that these issues deserve a place on your agenda for the year ahead.

The power of definition: Moving beyond innovation as a buzzword

Disruptive innovation, transformational innovation, and breakthrough innovation are not the same thing, says Erik Falck of The Hershey Company. And our business results likely depend on how we define the innovation we’re trying to pursue. Includes a chart outlining differences and challenges…

Five ways to spread innovation throughout the organization

As part of our New York Field Study last month, Michael Dewar of the New York Times Research & Development Group discussed the various ways that his group can build awareness of what it is working on throughout the organization — and ideally increase other departments’ willingness to support the R&D team’s projects as they move from initial demo to production. Here’s an annotated slide from his talk…

What are your peers doing to move the innovation needle?

We worked with a group of 15 innovation executives recently to develop this list of “Innovation Approaches.” It endeavors to capture what innovation leaders are doing when they are setting strategy; trying to change company culture; building capabilities for cultivating and testing new ideas; or investing in promising startups.

12 Slide Presentations from Big Company Innovation Executives

These dozen slide presentations offer insights into innovation strategy at organizations like NASA, Alaska Airlines, Nike, and Clorox. At left is an image from Bennett Blank’s presentation on rapid experimentation at Intuit.