Strategy & Governance

  • The 20 Mistakes New Corporate Innovators Make

  • How Royal Caribbean is Deploying New Technologies

  • Five Pieces of Advice to Jumpstart Your October

  • How to Win Over the Two Kinds of Customers That Matter

  • Here’s Our List of 2019 Impact Award Winners

Innovation groups often get created by fiat, before they’ve developed a strategy. And many companies have existing R&D or product development organizations that would benefit from fresh thinking about their mission.

Whether you’re laying out strategy for the first time, or as part of an update process, our coverage allows you to learn from veterans of innovation and R&D roles. A good resource to start with is our Benchmarking Report, published in collaboration with KPMG, which includes data on the structure, focus, budgets, and size of innovation teams at large companies, as well as advice from executives in senior innovation and strategy roles.


Our Podcast Recommendations for Corporate Innovators

Our podcast, Innovation Answered, is back for its third season! Looking for more shows to binge? Here are five podcast recommendations for corporate innovators. 


Why Innovations Fail (and How to Avoid It)

Why do some innovative ideas fail and others succeed? Bad timing, corporate politics, and rigid regulations are among the culprits. Here are some tips to avert disaster.


Five Innovation Tips to Start Your September

Vacation season is over, so brush up on what you missed while you were at the beach. Check out five takeaways from our August coverage of corporate innovation…


‘If This Works’: The Secret to Avoiding Projects that Become Too Big to Fail

A common mistake when companies try to become more accepting of failure and to act like a startup is that the effort becomes “too enterprise-y.” Zeeshan Sheikh explains…


The Five-Step Approach to Disruptive Thinking

Luke Williams of NYU walks through the five steps of disruptive thinking, the “hybrid” approach to innovation, and what innovators can learn from professional chefs…


Finalists for Innovation Leader’s 2019 Impact Awards

The 2019 awards will be handed out this October in San Francisco, at the year’s biggest gathering of corporate innovators, Impact 2019. Here’s a look at who made the cut as finalists…

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Research Report

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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.

Audio & Video Resources


All Your Innovation Questions, Answered

We answer questions on corporate innovation submtted by listeners. Get advice on H3 innovation, going from good to great, and spreading innovation company-wide. 


Does It Scale?

How do you successfully scale new ideas? To find out, we traveled to Shell TechWorks in Cambidge, Mass. Experts from ESPN and KPMG also shared their advice. 


Insights from Winners of the 2019 Impact Awards

In this webcast, several winners of our 2019 Impact Awards share tips on how they’ve been making change happen inside their organizations. 


Innovation as a Career Path & Breakthrough Capabilities

Large organizations have a history of stopping and starting when it comes to breakthrough innovation. Babson’s Gina O’Connor and Andrew Corbett tackle these pain points.

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Innovation Answered, Season Three

We’re back and better than ever. Listen to the trailer to see what’s in store, and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts for new episodes starting next week on Tuesday. 

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Getting Leadership on Board with Corporate Innovation

Learn how to get executives on board with your innovation program in this webinar replay. Brant Cooper, CEO of Moves The Needle, demonstrates how to build strategic consensus.

Dan Roam

Closing the Innovation Blindspot with a Visual Story

Using just a pen and paper, Dan Roam shows you how to tell your innovation story under 10 minutes — even if you can’t draw to save your life. 

For Abacus

Inside the Mind of Bob Metcalfe

What’s the difference between innovation & invention? Bob Metcalfe shares. He also discusses founding 3Com and the company culture that allowed him to invent Ethernet…

Podcast Season 2 Episode 7

Inside Silicon Valley’s Innovation Culture

We ask, “What makes FAANG (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google ) more innovative than other companies?” We ask Faisal Masud of Wing Aviation to find out. 

The Innovation Universe

Building the Right Foundation for Innovation

Nancy Tennant, a professor the University of Notre Dame and the former Chief Innovation Officer at Whirlpool, explores how to build the right foundation for innovation at your company. 

Master Class

Balancing Sustaining and Strategic Innovation

In our most recent Master Class, Larry Schmitt and Steve Schwartz from The Inovo Group discussed how to balance sustaining and strategic innovation. 

Podcast Season 2 Episode 5

Innovators vs. the Rulebook. Who Wins?

How do you get innovation wins in a highly regulated industry? Mohan Nair of Cambia Health, Steve Faktor of the McFuture Podcast, and Ludwig Melik of Planbox share…

Podcast Season 2 Episode 2

Can the Retail Industry Stay Relevant?

Can the retail industry stay relevant with today’s consumers? We went to New York City for NRF’s Big Show to find out. Guests work at Footlocker and Retail Minded.