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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Texas Innovation Leader Tour

Qmarkets and Point B present a rare opportunity to engage in high-level intimate discussions around the topic of corporate innovation, scouting, and digital transformation in Texas. Take this opportunity to engage in an open discussion with fellow peers around any innovation challenge or topic, ranging from innovation strategy to collaborative innovation and everything in between.

With speakers from PepsiCo, National Instruments, TopGolf and others, and with Qmarkets and Point B’s combined experience helping hundreds of companies achieve success across the globe, these sessions will impart truly invaluable insights, while giving leaders the chance to engage in a peer-to-peer cross-industry discussion of leadership methodologies and innovation strategy.

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How Corporate HQ Can Get More from Innovation Outposts

What could be cooler, for your employees and your customers, than the news that you're opening an innovation outpost in Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv or Singapore? The logic behind...

What could be cooler, for your employees and your customers, than the news that you're opening an innovation outpost in Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv or Singapore? The logic behind this move, extremely popular among Fortune 500 companies, is that if you immerse yourself in the places where trends, ideas, talents, and start-ups are generated, then you'll be able to quickly assimilate them into your own innovation pipeline. This excellent piece from the Harvard Business Review explains how to do this the right way, ensuring that you don't lose your innovation investment.

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What China Can Teach the West About Innovation

China is a global superpower in many things, but until now, the prevalent image that comes to mind when thinking of Chinese  innovation is mainly cheap, low-quality goods ripped...

China is a global superpower in many things, but until now, the prevalent image that comes to mind when thinking of Chinese  innovation is mainly cheap, low-quality goods ripped off from someone else. Recently, however, that has begin to change, and as we look at the numbers and metrics, a new picture arises: that of China becoming a global innovation superpower as well.

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It’s Time for Retailers to Start Thinking Beyond Technology Labs.

Some retailers have taken digital disruption in stride, while others are floundering along, not quite sure where to go or what to do. The question is, why? This article seeks...

Some retailers have taken digital disruption in stride, while others are floundering along, not quite sure where to go or what to do. The question is, why? This article seeks to find an answer, claiming that just opening an innovation lab is not enough, if the retailers don't realize that innovation culture is something that must be cultivated and encouraged, not ignored or sidelined. 

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How to Drive Digital Transformation?

Digital Transformation is the key to fulfill various business needs within your organization, and despite being a necessity in any large organization, is also something that is still highly...

Digital Transformation is the key to fulfill various business needs within your organization, and despite being a necessity in any large organization, is also something that is still highly misunderstood. We've presented different thoughts on the topic and on who should lead the transformation. In this piece, we present a new, original perspective: Digital Transformation isn't just something that should be led from the top down - it should be the CEO's personal project and responsibility. 

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How to Foster a Culture of Innovation in Any Organization

Innovation is crucial for a company's growth. Everyone knows that, it's a given. However, needing innovation and actually having an innovation culture in your workplace are two entirely separate...

Innovation is crucial for a company's growth. Everyone knows that, it's a given. However, needing innovation and actually having an innovation culture in your workplace are two entirely separate things. In this article, we outline several tips for you to create an innovation culture in your organization. How many of them are you doing?

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Corporate Innovation Programs Come in Ten Flavors — Choose Wisely

Corporate innovation can come in all shapes and sizes, whether it be a dedicated innovation hub, an open innovation program, an internal employee idea campaign, or an external expert collaboration...

Corporate innovation can come in all shapes and sizes, whether it be a dedicated innovation hub, an open innovation program, an internal employee idea campaign, or an external expert collaboration scheme. In this excellent rundown, we are presented with 10 different types of corporate innovation programs, ranging from entirely internal to entirely external. Which of these is  best for your organization?

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What Does the Ideal Employee Look Like?

Company-wide innovation, from smaller companies to the largest of enterprises, is going through a paradigm shift, where instead of dedicated innovation teams, the entire company is being tasked with...

Company-wide innovation, from smaller companies to the largest of enterprises, is going through a paradigm shift, where instead of dedicated innovation teams, the entire company is being tasked with coming up with ideas for future innovation. Leah Kinthaert from TechX365 interviewed a series of innovation leaders, including CEOs and CINOs, to ask them: "What does the ideal employee look like?". 

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Why L’Oreal, Wal-Mart, and Target are Building Innovation Sidecars … and You Should Too

To become a successfully innovative company, you need to spread innovation across a wide range of variables, including resources, incentives, culture, leadership and first among this list, the people...

To become a successfully innovative company, you need to spread innovation across a wide range of variables, including resources, incentives, culture, leadership and first among this list, the people in the organization. The challenge itself is quite clear. How to answer that challenge, though, is a much larger question.

Several companies, including Walmart, Target and L'Oreal have decided to forgo the traditional "innovation labs" and have created incubators which they call "innovation sidecars". These sidecars act like independent startups, racing ahead of the company, looking for problems to solve, ideas to develop and opportunities to take advantage of. When the time comes, these sidecars won't be on the fringe of the business looking for the next big thing, they will BE the next big thing, carrying the whole business behind them. 

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8 Fatal Sins of Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation is no longer a fancy buzzword, it is a fact. Some say Digital Transformation needs to start from the top down, while others say it is a grassroots movement....

Digital Transformation is no longer a fancy buzzword, it is a fact. Some say Digital Transformation needs to start from the top down, while others say it is a grassroots movement. Either way, it's here to stay, and  if you're going to do it, you'd best do it right. Here are 8 things not to do when embracing Digital Transformation in your organization.

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Innovation: A Blend Of Discipline And Disorder

Last year, several healthcare firms partnered with Google and carried out some brainstorming sessions on how to create new ideas, products or services. As can be expected, the firm...

Last year, several healthcare firms partnered with Google and carried out some brainstorming sessions on how to create new ideas, products or services. As can be expected, the firm rigidity of the healthcare team clashed with the free-spirited nature of the Google team. The result of this unlikely partnership was the realization that by looking at things from both directions, the innovative sparks began to flow.

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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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Don’t WannaCry: How to Properly Secure your Innovation Management System from Cyberattack

As we saw all over the news, the past weekend, a hacker group released a ransomware virus, which has become known as WannaCry. The attack infected 200,000 victims in...
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