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Top 3 Alternative Assets for your Business Innovation Strategy
With every enterprise innovation initiative, the most obvious and commonly prioritized assets are ideas. These are the backbone of innovation and can deliver amazing value, however they are ultimately only one aspect of innovation. In this blog, we will share the additional ‘innovation assets’ that many companies are yet to include in their business innovation strategy. Ideas – The Most Essential Innovation Asset  Idea management is the process of finding, developing, and implementing ideas on an enterprise level. In this process, when ideas are submitted, they often follow clear parameters set by the organization. This allows for businesses to focus

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Ideating at Enexis – Driving Operational Innovation in Dutch Energy Sector
The Enexis Group finds itself in an industry prime for innovation stagnation; well-established solutions, a workforce often resistant to change, and heavy regulation on procedures and costs, means that spontaneous innovation is not something that can happen easily. Yet the company has managed to...
The Role of Innovation in New Product Development: Three Approaches for Success
Innovation is essential throughout the entire new product development (NPD) process, but nowhere is it more key than it is in the Fuzzy Front End (FFE) stage. FFE is the starting point of NPD and is where new product ideas are generated before entering...
Building a Business Case for Innovation Management – Why Now?
We all know it is not business as usual at the moment, and it’s even more important than ever for us to carefully prioritize where we focus our efforts both individually and collectively. However, I have recently been seeing reports of many businesses going into survival mode; choosing not to invest in innovation and instead save precious resources. In my personal experience as Qmarkets’ VP of Product and Customer Success, and inspired by dozens of our leading customers, I have a deep belief that innovation management should not be viewed as a luxury, but as a strategic means of...
Crowdsourcing: An Innovation Tool to Overcome the Limits of Remote Work
The unprecedented shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many organizations to change ways they do business. Almost every business operation has been affected: from the manner firms talk to their customers to the logistics of product delivery to maintaining channels of communication between employees. Corporate Innovation: A Victim of Remote...
Growing Strong: How A Dedicated Continuous Improvement Process Can Nurture Corporate Innovation
Having a method in place to capture, refine, and unleash disruptive new ideas is crucial for any innovation strategy. However, it’s just as important to employ a dedicated approach that allows incremental, small-scale improvements to be implemented systematically over time. In this article– we’ll...
Digital Civic Engagement in the age of Covid-19, BLM, and Economic Recovery
COVID-19, the worst recession since WW2, worldwide Black Lives Matter protests on police brutality – and we’re only 7 months into 2020. This year has given communities a lot to say and governments’ plenty to address, pushing civic engagement into the front of many...
Does Crowdsourcing Need “Rethinking”?
Benefits of crowdsourcing: Common Misconceptions In my previous post, I gave a working definition of crowdsourcing and described two major crowdsourcing approaches: adding capacity and accessing expertise. I also argued that although numerous organizations – including corporations, governmental agencies, and nonprofits – have used crowdsourcing...
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Innovation in the Time of Coronavirus: How to Innovate Effectively During a Crisis
Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining There is an old Chinese proverb that says, “Crisis is an opportunity riding on a dangerous wind”. During these days of global unrest – with news about the coronavirus and its severity changing daily – businesses across all sectors should keep the message of this proverb in mind. Although we are inevitably seeing the cancellation of business gatherings and events, along with increasingly severe “social distancing” restrictions concerning movement and the sharing of public spaces, this doesn’t mean that innovation at your company needs to be stifled. Ironically, the same behaviours that fertilize...
What is Crowdsourcing, and How Can it Add Value to Your Enterprise?
Since the 2004 publication of James Surowiecki’s highly influential book, The Wisdom of Crowds, the idea that large groups of people can be smarter than a few individuals, no matter how brilliant, has been gradually gaining prominence in academic circles, business communities, and public opinion. Crowdsourcing...
5 Corporate Innovation Tools and Tactics: How to Choose the Best Option for Your Company
Looking to inject ideation into your company’s innovation process, but not sure where to start? This is the blog you’ve been searching for… As French author Victor Hugo famously wrote, “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” These words ring...

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