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Three Vital Idea Crowdsourcing Best Practices from the 2021 Suez Canal Obstruction
In recent years, the concept of crowdsourcing has become an increasingly common tool used in response to large scale crises and world events. From the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, to the Covid-19 solutions marketplace in Israel last year; crowdsourcing has been proven as an effective way to gather valuable innovative solutions to urgent strategic challenges. So, in March 2021 when one of the world’s busiest trade routes became firmly blocked by a seemingly immovable container ship, it was another opportunity for crowdsourcing to prove its value. However, as we will see this concept was not effectively

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Innovation Program Recipe for Success: The Three Essential Ingredients
At Qmarkets we have spent the last 15+ years helping leading organizations to build and implement effective innovation initiatives. Along the way we have seen a wide variety of approaches and formats, from small-scale hackathons with a few hundred participants, to long term innovation...
An Interview with esolva: How Small Scale Innovation Can Generate Large Scale Impact
Idea and innovation management is sometimes seen as the domain of large organizations with dedicated innovation departments and tens of thousands of employees…However what people don’t realize is that these company-wide projects will often start off as a small-scale innovation initiative involving just a...
The Top 4 Innovation Culture Best Practices from the World’s Most Successful Companies
Today the world’s most innovative companies are also some of the most successful. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, especially in the continuous waves of disruption we’re seeing. Innovation lends itself to success by provoking organizations to continuously push for improvement and always be on the lookout for new opportunities. Amazon, SpaceX, Apple, and Salesforce are far better placed to innovate than others, but this is not by chance. These companies have hardwired innovation into their framework and have ingrained innovation into their organization’s culture, but how exactly do you define a ‘culture of innovation’? According to...
4 Corporate Innovation Trends Set to Disrupt the Business Landscape in 2021
2020 was not what we expected, but nevertheless the old adage ‘out of adversity comes opportunity’ has never been more apt. The enormous pressure of the pandemic has caused irrevocable change, forcing organizations to adapt and innovate to survive. Yet in many cases it...
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’...
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...
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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...

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