Solve the Corporate Innovation Problem – ENGAGE the organization

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This is the seventh post in our series about the Corporate Innovation Problem™: Despite heavy investments into innovation, returns are not satisfying. (Note: For easier readability we will skip the ™-sign in the rest of the article). The series started HERE. With this post, we show the ways companies can positively address a core root cause; what we call the …

Digital Transformation: Catalyzing growth

Digital Transformation in Process Industries: The growth catalyst

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As you may have noticed we have started a peer group process with leading firms from the Process Industries. These companies explore what comes after the obvious first steps in Digital Transformation which are operational excellence (smart plants with predictive maintenance and remote controlling, smart supply chains, increasing management capabilities via real-time insights into KPIs and improving the predictability of future …

Digital Transformation: Disrupting your business model

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As we have pointed out in earlier posts (see HERE and HERE), we are forming a peer group process with Process Industries VPs from Innovation, Marketing and Sales within larger companies: “Digital Transformation – What it really means at the VP level”. Companies from Chemicals, Paints, Health&Nutrition, Oils&Additives, Food, Dairy, Beverage and Life Science industries are lining up for participation …

Defining “Digital Transformation“ with actionability in mind

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As we have pointed out in one of our last posts, we have started a peer group process with Process Industries VPs from Innovation, Marketing and Sales: “Digital Transformation – What it really means at the VP level”. This is a topic of the moment. Firstly, major management consulting companies such as The Boston Consulting Group are moving their research …

Building Excellence in the Fuzzy Front-End

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This is the third post in our series about what we call the Corporate Innovation ProblemTM and how to go about solving it. We started the series by spelling out the problems in corporate innovation here. Despite large and growing investments into innovation, the results remain disappointing. The overall process of innovation spans the chain of activities from discovering insights into valuable …

What Digital Transformation really means: Participate in our Peer Group study

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Digital Transformation has become a hot business topic. While executives need answers to prevent an expensive miss-fire, the Digital narrative is stuck in buzzword territory. Much has been written on the “WHY?” of Digital Transformation. The missing part of this story is the “WHAT?” and “HOW?” of Digital Transformation. High-level statistics show the state of thinking, however they are short on actionable insights. …

The Corporate Innovation Problem

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Innovation is at the top of the Management Agenda for many companies. For excellence in innovation, companies have to master the chain of activities from discovering insight into valuable, unmet customer needs through to successful market adoption. However, despite large and growing investments into innovation, results remain disappointing. We call this the “Corporate Innovation Problem”(TM) (Note: For easier readability we …

Software supporting the FFE and innovation effectiveness

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Through this series of articles we have built a case that large organizations should invest energy in actively designing their early phase of the innovation process – the so-called “Fuzzy Front-End” (FFE) – in a way that delivers more meaningful and promising innovation ideas and concepts. Up till now, we have spoken about “hard facts” and “soft facts” in designing …

Industry-sector priorities in designing the Fuzzy Front-End

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In our last posts we have built a case that large organizations should invest energy in actively designing their early phase of the innovation process – the so-called “Fuzzy Front-End” (FFE) in a way that it delivers meaningful and promising innovation ideas and concepts. It is emerging practice that there are some key design parameters (see our last post for more …

What would it take…To design the optimal Fuzzy Front-End?

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In this series of articles we have built a case that large organizations should now focus their innovation efforts on correctly organizing their Innovation Front End – the place which is inherently ambiguous, but also the region of greatest potential. The term “Fuzzy Front-End” (FFE) refers to the early innovation phase where “fuzzy” refers to the fact that not all …