The Q-Review

Innovation Insights from across the Net

Welcome to The Q-Review – Qmarkets’ recap of some of the best innovation insights on the web! In this space we plan to bring you the most interesting powerful and helpful ideas from the world of innovation, searching the net to bring you the latest and greatest stories in innovation as well as our recent blog posts, highlighting innovation uses in the real world.

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Innovation lessons I learned as a chef 

What do a gourmet chef and an innovation consultant have in common? Plenty, according to Amdocs’ Shachaf Snir, who is Global Innovation Business Lead at Amdocs’ innovation program. From innovating while maintaining order, to the line between making food and creating new dishes, Snir provides an excellent analysis of the world of innovation through the world of the kitchen.

So how do the two compare?

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Design Thinking: One Key To Digital Success Is Focusing On Humans

Most people see the term "design thinking" and associate it with Apple under the days of Steve Jobs, and leave it there. In reality, design thinking is two things:...

Most people see the term "design thinking" and associate it with Apple under the days of Steve Jobs, and leave it there. In reality, design thinking is two things: It is about focusing on the customer/end user's experience, but more importantly, it's about maintaining a connection with your customers, working so that your product works best for them. In a time of increasingly disruptive innovation, this connection with your customers could very well end up being the difference between surviving disruption or not. 

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15 Practices of Innovation Leaders for Creating Cultures of Innovation

Dr. Darin Eich is a PhD. from University of Wisconsin with years of innovation consulting under his belt. In this article, he uses interviews with 100 innovation leaders to create an innovation...

Dr. Darin Eich is a PhD. from University of Wisconsin with years of innovation consulting under his belt. In this article, he uses interviews with 100 innovation leaders to create an innovation checklist to try in your own organization, helping your organization reach a higher level of innovation. How many of these practices are you already doing?

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How to stay current with emerging tech: CIO tips

Technology stops for no man or no thing, advancing constantly. So, how do global enterprises keep up with emerging technology, keeping themselves from being swallowed whole? In this article,...

Technology stops for no man or no thing, advancing constantly. So, how do global enterprises keep up with emerging technology, keeping themselves from being swallowed whole? In this article, executives from Target, CVS Health and GE, among others, present their strategies for how they stay current on tech.

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Tips for designing effective hackathons for social impact

This past weekend, a hackathon was held in Beijing, co-hosted by the UN Development Programme, on the subject of Sustainable Development Goals. But the most interesting part of this article...

This past weekend, a hackathon was held in Beijing, co-hosted by the UN Development Programme, on the subject of Sustainable Development Goals. But the most interesting part of this article is not the subject of the hackathon, but the hackathon itself. According to Jay Corless, senior director of innovation at the U.N. Foundation, hackathons themselves are being innovated upon, moving forward from pure idea producing events to something else: "Hackathons, as with much of the innovation movement, are being borrowed and translated to the development context...I see a new potential for hackathons around the needs and obstacles of a growing portfolios of phenomenal social innovations that need a boost on their pathway to scale”. Do you agree?

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The Three Rs of Innovation – Risk, Reward, and Resources

Continuous improvement or continuous innovation? Disruptive or regular innovation? Digital transformation or design thinking? According to this article, the title we give our latest innovation isn't as important as...

Continuous improvement or continuous innovation? Disruptive or regular innovation? Digital transformation or design thinking? According to this article, the title we give our latest innovation isn't as important as the Three R's: Risk, Reward and Resources. Instead of trying to pigeonhole innovation into a predetermined definition, examine the Three R's and see how they can help you analyze your latest invention. 

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Innovation is about the ability to spot opportunities and take advantage of them

Merck is the world’s oldest as well as one of the world's largest chemical and pharmaceutical companies. In 2016 alone, Merck invested a total of 2 billion EUR in R&D. In this interview Prof....

Merck is the world’s oldest as well as one of the world's largest chemical and pharmaceutical companies. In 2016 alone, Merck invested a total of 2 billion EUR in R&D. In this interview Prof. Dr. Klaus Griesar, Merck's Head of Science Relations, we learn how the pharmaceutical giant approaches innovation, both within the company as well as with external shareholders such as universities, startups and research institutes.

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The Innovation Hangover: How to Deal with The Morning After

You just took part in an innovation workshop. Good food, interesting people, ideas flowing like water. Then you get back to the office, and everything's changed. You don't remember anything from you...

You just took part in an innovation workshop. Good food, interesting people, ideas flowing like water. Then you get back to the office, and everything's changed.

You don't remember anything from you learned at the workshop, and that interesting speaker whose plan you were going to implement once you got back is just a distant memory. Congratulations, you've just experienced an innovation hangover!

So, how do you deal with them?

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10 Principles For Designing A Successful Innovation Centre

For many Fortune 500 companies and other global enterprises, an innovation center or innovation hub is the be-all and end-all answer to all their innovation woes. Open a center...

For many Fortune 500 companies and other global enterprises, an innovation center or innovation hub is the be-all and end-all answer to all their innovation woes. Open a center or hub, and boom! Ideas happen. Reality, unfortunately, says otherwise. If you want your innovation center to take off, you need to follow these 10 steps:

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Why a new approach to business, deserves a new workspace design

How important are desks, chairs and floor layouts to innovation? Incredibly important, according to Natarajan Venkatakrishnan, who breaks down the thought processes behind the physical design of FirstBuild, GE's innovation “start-up”,...

How important are desks, chairs and floor layouts to innovation? Incredibly important, according to Natarajan Venkatakrishnan, who breaks down the thought processes behind the physical design of FirstBuild, GE's innovation “start-up”, and how everything at FirstBuild, from the layout to the building design are all planned to promote innovation within it's walls.

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5 Critical Ingredients for Sustainable Innovation

When we discuss corporate and enterprise innovation, we frequently hear things like "digital transformation", "disruptive innovation" and "continuous innovation". One of the less-discussed aspects is that of "sustainable innovation"....

When we discuss corporate and enterprise innovation, we frequently hear things like "digital transformation", "disruptive innovation" and "continuous innovation". One of the less-discussed aspects is that of "sustainable innovation". In this interesting article, we take a look at five things to do to ensure that your company's sustainable innovation efforts are poised to take off properly. How many of these are you doing already?

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From Our Blog

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How to turn a Multinational Automotive-Finance Company into an Innovation Powerhouse

With over 3,100 employees across 36 companies, RCI Bank and Services is a multinational finance company which is focused on delivering innovative services to customers of the Renault and...
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How RTE, Europe’s Biggest Transmission System Operator Implemented a Collaborative Innovation Lab

RTE is an energy and utility provider, France’s electricity transmission system operator, responsible for the operation, maintenance and development of the French high-voltage transmission system. Approximately 100,000 km long, the system is...
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How Qmarkets Partnered with NHS to Create the Most Sophisticated Healthcare Innovation Exchange Platform in the UK

Tammy Holmes, Innovation and Adoption Programme Manager for the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN), talks about the changes in the healthcare industry in England, the challenges in...
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Innovation Inspiration – Driving Sustainability at Ford, ESB, and Solvay

Whether it’s air pollution, water pollution, or even climate change, the major sustainability issues facing the world and its citizens are topics that every business should feel a sense...
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Qmarkets & Amer Sports – An Innovative Partnership that Created Unprecedented Employee Engagement

From mobile innovation solutions to analog internal marketing, gamification, and employee meeting spaces, read our case study to learn all about Amer Sports’ approach to innovation today.   Who...
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