A good way to ensure that innovation initiatives don’t endure is to underestimate the need for backing from business unit chiefs and senior leadership. Even when the CEO decrees that she wants more innovation, many constituencies throughout the organization can still withhold the necessary support or resources.
Our coverage of the political and diplomatic issues around innovation seeks to provide advice on getting buy-in — and, when necessary, dealing with nay-sayers.
A good starting point is our research report, “Innovation Teams & Business Units: Allies or Adversaries?"
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.