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“Embrace Open Innovation or be Destroyed by it…” – A Case Study on Lego & Bagels
Using the Right Innovation Tool for the Job Arguably, the principle of Open Innovation was utilized for the first time by Professor James Murray in 19th Century Oxford, England. In the time that has passed since then, this concept has become infinitely easier to...
Innovation from the Innovation Nation – Israel
As the CEO and founder of Qmarkets I have spoken to many organisations all over the world about the potential benefits of utilizing Idea and Innovation Management. Most of the time, the people I meet are unsurprised to discover that Qmarkets is based in Israel,...
Carrot vs Cash – How to Make Your Innovation Incentive Program Addictive
Let’s face it, taking a large group of somber and sensible employees and transforming them into a highly imaginative group of visionaries is challenging. There’s no magic bullet when it comes to ensuring all your employees super creative and innovative. However, having a well-run innovation incentive program in place can help make the task of engaging employees much easier – read on to find out how. In today’s hyper-competitive and increasingly-disurptive corporate landscape, where the phrase ‘innovate or die’ is truer than ever, it’s little wonder more and more companies are investing in generating new ideas. However, many companies...
Creativity at Startup Speed – What Silicon Valley Teaches About The Importance of Innovation In Business
A Global Innovation Hotbed At Enterprise Development Group (EDG) we have recently made an interesting observation: there has always been a fairly steady stream of visitors to Silicon Valley, but lately this has become a veritable torrent. Leaders and students from around the world are arriving daily in ever increasing numbers. Some are coming for just a short visit, others to settle down. Some because they simply want to learn and take it back home; others to become part of something they think is special. It’s the new California Gold Rush, and many are coming here to find that...
How to Facilitate Experts and Streamline Your Innovation Management Process
The problem with democracy is that we can’t all always be in charge; one way or another there has to be someone at the top who holds the power to make that crucial final decision. As drastic as this comparison might seem, the very...
Crowdsourcing Continuous Improvement: Kaizen Principles and Practices for Amplifying Excellence
Many companies seek to improve their operations through the documentation of best practices. From personal experience in a large, multinational enterprise technology company, I saw how well-articulated procedures can be beneficial to the immediate users and their successors. However, these reflect only one person...
Can an Open Innovation Challenge Methodology Help Solve the Refugee Crisis?
In 2015, an overcrowded boat carrying a group of Syrian refugees capsized and sank off an island in Greece. At least 34 people, including 15 children, died in this accident alone. Coming atop of the heartbreaking image of a drowned Syrian toddler washed ashore...
Ideate or Deteriorate – Why Companies Must Learn How To Be Innovative to Achieve Major Growth
“Innovate (verb): To Make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.”  Just a buzzword? To many people, it might seem as though the business world has become over-saturated with innovation. This buzzword is now thrown around in conjunction with all manner...
Driving Innovation in the Workplace – Is Configuration Crucial?
Up until the turn of millennium, the world of business was stuck in a vicious circle of homogenisation. There was a traditional way of attaining success, and if you strayed too far from this paradigm, then you would lose all credibility and  any chance of being prosperous. Because success relied so heavily on maintaining the sterilised veneer of “business”, radical organisations were unable to get to the top or change pre-conceptions. Ping-Pong and Trainers This all changed with the advent of the internet. Suddenly 20-somethings in hooded sweatshirts were achieving levels of success that dwarfed the combined efforts of...
Three Reasons for your Company to Write an Innovation Charter
It’s one thing to realize that innovation is an integral part of the long-term viability of a business. It’s quite another to know exactly what kind of innovative practices will maximize ROI and minimize risk. Having a comprehensive innovation plan in place – detailed in a charter and supported by senior leadership – can help reduce uncertainty and ensure idea management projects tackles the most important objectives. In this article, our friend from Innovation Observer, Eugene Ivanov, explores why implementing an innovation charter should be a priority for any business. Using corporate innovation tools A lack of executive leadership is...
The Winning Formula – The Advantages of Combining Higher Education and Innovation Management
Ideally, a university should be an ecosystem in which ideas are developed, challenged, and experimented with. As such, it would be natural to regard both education and innovation as mutually compatible. It’s surprising, therefore, that many academic institutions still lag when it comes to...
Unlocking Potential with an Innovation Pilot – 6 Reasons for SMEs to use Idea Management Tools
Typically innovation management is seen as the domain of large organisations who can afford to invest a lot of time and effort into pushing forward a company-wide initiative. While previously this may have been the case, smaller organisations are now discovering that they have got...

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