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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.

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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


Lundbeck’s CEO on Developing Breakthrough Medications

How do CEOs determine focus areas and allocate budget to R&D initiatives? Deborah Dunsire, CEO of Lundbeck — a phamaceutical company specializing in neurology and psychology — explains.


How Herman Miller’s Chief Strategy Officer Sets Priorities

How does Herman Miller’s Chief Strategy Officer look for opportunities outside of the core? Megan Lyon shares best practices and tips for other innovators in charge of strategy. 


What Startups Teach Corporates about Venture Failure

Failure rates are high for startups and new ventures launched by established corporations. But do these failures follow similar patterns and have comparable causes? What can startup founders and corporate innovators learn from each other about how to avoid new venture failure? Scott Kirsner, CEO of Innovation ...


Sonesta Hotels’ COO on Growth During a Pandemic

How did Sonesta grow from 58 hotels in November of 2020 to 1,200 locations today? Vera Manoukian, Chief Operating Officer, explains and shares how innovators can work with operation teams. 


The Year of Athleisure, with Lululemon’s Chief Science Officer

Lululemon’s Chief Science Officer, Tom Waller shares why 2020 created lines out of their store doors and how the retailer keeps customers close when building new products.


How CSAA’s Chief Innovation Officer Approaches Disruption

How do Chief Innovation Officers build a strategic pipeline of innovation activities? And, what do they do to influence culture? CInOs from CSAA and PA Consulting explain.

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Making Ideas Pay at Atrium Health

In this Master Class, Todd Dunn, Vice President of Innovation at Atrium Health and Tad Haas, Executive Vice President at edison365 discuss how Atrium Health designs for impact.


Pivoting the Fan Experience at the Portland Trail Blazers

How did the Portland Trail Blazers innovate to keep close to fans throughout the COVID-19 pandemic? The team’s Chief Commerical Officer explains. 


Building a Culture of Innovation at Delta Dental

How can organizations build a culture of innovation and effectively create buy-in for change? Sarah Chavarria, the Chief People Officer of Delta Dental, explains. 

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Innovation Answered: Taking You Inside the C-Suite

Innovation Answered is back for its fifth season. And, we’re going inside the C-Suite of well-known, well-established organizations. 

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Building, Scaling & “Unbossing” Innovation at Novartis’ Genesis Labs

Ian Hunt and Aimee Reynolds of Novartis’ Genesis Labs share insights on developing an effective innovation ecosystem that ensures that the best ideas bubble up to the top.

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Making Transformation Happen at DBS, Charles Schwab

Leaders from DBS and Charles Schwab discuss how their industries are pivoting to meet new needs during the pandemic…

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Preparing for Vaccine Distribution, Navigating Pivots at HCA

Chip Blaufuss of HCA Healthcare discusses his team’s COVID-19 preparations at the start of 2020 and getting ready for vaccine distribution in 2021.