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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...
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 or one department’s experience, and lack collective insights. The Kaizen Management Method is based on the idea that gradual, ongoing change (Japanese: “Kai”), is good (“zen”), for business. By focusing on small operational improvements on a regular basis, an organization can make significant, continuous improvements over time. Kaizen principles and practices can be broken down...
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 a beach in Turkey , this news epitomized the scale and severity of the humanitarian disaster characterizing the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, a crisis that has already claimed almost three thousand lives. When such a global crisis strikes, public reactions tend to fall into one of the following two categories. Indifference; many people feel...
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...
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...
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 just as much to gain from the implementation of this software as the larger corporations. While innovation tools can offer a plethora of benefits for all organisations, there are some benefits that only apply to companies of a specific size, type, or geography. We released a new product edition last month called “start” which is designed...
6 KPIs of Innovation Management Solutions
There are certain benefits to innovation software that are difficult to measure, and others that are quite obvious. This blog post will discuss the innovation KPI (Key Performance Indicator) examples for calculating the success of an idea management platform at 6 key stages within the workflow. Determining success at each of these stages within the platform will allow you to take appropriate action, and ensure the success of the innovation initiative as a whole. 1. Adoption This is the first and arguably most important hurdle on the path to innovation; your users need to actually access the system before...
Need an Ah-Ha Moment? Why Crowd-Sourcing Can Mimic That Individual Flash of Brilliance
  Eureka!  When we have a problem, this is the ‘Ah Ha’ moment that we all hope for. A flash of brilliance that saves the day, the project, or even our job! Going back to Archimedes, innovation is replete with examples of this somewhat...
And the Oscar goes to…Prediction Markets – Harnessing Collective Intelligence to Anticipate Success
Once again the power of Prediction Markets was displayed last week, as it correctly predicted 19 out of the 24 winners at the 2015 Oscar awards; an accuracy level of 79%. This blog that tracked the predictions of 18 pundits, found that only three...

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