The week in innovation: Uber, Best Buy, and smart racquets

By Christa Avampato, Contributing Writer

Boards establishing innovation-oriented committees

unseem-michaelIn a recent column, Wharton Professor of Management Michael Useem discusses companies like Diebold, Pfizer, and Procter & Gamble, whose boards of directors have created innovation-oriented committees. “New products are, of course, the province of R&D teams or research partners,” he writes. “But new strategies and structures are squarely in the board’s domain, and we have seen any number of governing boards innovating with, not just monitoring, management.”

Manufacturers say partnerships will help spur innovation

Key data point from KPMG’s 2014 Global Manufacturing Outlook, a survey of the world’s leading manufacturers: “Almost half…plan to double their investments on research and development in the next two years and the majority of them feel partnerships will drive innovations.”

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