Strategy & Governance

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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

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Busting Myths with the Head of Innovation and Science at Mars, Inc.

Mars President of Innovation, Science, Technology, and Mars Edge Jean-Christophe Flatin discusses connecting with candy (and pet care!) consumers, and “myth busts” the top misconceptions he sees within innovation teams. 

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10 Strategies to Jump-start Your Innovation Commitment

It was all there—you had management support and set up an innovation strategy. You rallied stakeholders and ran idea campaigns. Participation was good. You gathered promising ideas and implemented some of them. Then, interest and engagement faded away. Everyone agrees that innovation is key to your organization, so why are ...

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Overcoming Legacy Thinking at Established Organizations

MGM Resorts President Atif Rafiq sat down to discuss the dangers of legacy thinking, the benefits of risk-taking in the innovation and career space, and his advice for creating a learning culture that benefits an organization. 

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Venture Capital — Silicon Valley Style

We drove out to Los Altos Hills, California to sit down with Hemant Taneja, one of venture’s power players to understand what’s on his mind half way through this year. Marcus Daniels, Highline Beta’s Founding Partner & CEO, also shares his insights.

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Podcast: P&G on How to Tie Design to Consumer Needs

Bringing designers in early can help companies execute on big ideas and create smoother customer experiences. But how do you get that right, especially if design isn’t baked into the culture, or if other functions tend to dominate the innovation process? This episode of Innovation Answered explores…

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Thou Shalt Bridge Heaven and Earth

Noreña explores how innovators can keep their team connected with leaders in the business units. That includes speaking the language of the business. 

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Thou Shalt Identify and Implement the Tools Needed to Innovate

From design thinking to agile to double diamond to lean, there are many innovation methodologies for corporate innovators to gain guidance from. Most often these leaders are left to their own devices to come up with the right amalgamation that will lead to success. In his fourth ...

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Identificarás y Implementarás las Herramientas para Innovar

En su cuarto mandamiento en esta serie, Moisés Noreña recomienda que los equipos usen la Metodología Unificada de Innovación. La metodología tiene cinco partes.

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Conectarás el Cielo y la Tierra

En su cinco mandamiento en esta serie, Moisés Noreña instruye cómo conectar los dos lugares. También, Noreña comparte las cosas que los equipos pueden hacer para realizarlo.

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How REI Re-shaped the Customer Experience

REI’s Chief Experience Officer discusses the balance between pleasing customers and internal stakeholders, and the impacts of COVID-19 on the company. 

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David’s Bridal CEO on Styling the COVID Wedding

David’s Bridal CEO Jim Marcum discusses how he’s navigating the future of the wedding business. That includes building an omnichannel experience to help brides shop from anywhere. 

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Innovation Tips from the Music World

What can innovators at large companies learn from top musicians like Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake? In their latest book Two Beats Ahead, Panos Panay and R. Michael Hendrix explore what the most successful creatives in the music world can teach teams at large companies. In this webcast replay, Panay and Hendrix discuss what we can learn from musicians about collaboration, knowing your audience, and experimentation.

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Thou Shalt Define Innovation for Your Organization

In his second commandment, Moisés Noreña explores the importance of creating an innovation wide definition of innovation.