I gave this presentation on Open Innovation in Established Companies to the Society of Chemical Industries in London earlier this year. If you are curious about OI it will quickly give you an overview of the key issues: Why do firms embark upon OI? What are the Benefits, Risks and Success factors (needed to make

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25th, 26th June 2013: Aston Business School, Birmingham UK “It’s the Economy, Stupid!”  (Bill Clinton, 1992) I attended the annual conference of the Chemical Industries Knowledge Transfer Network, a government-funded body with interest in promoting innovation  and growth of the chemistry-using industries in the UK. The head line was the launch of a strategy for

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http://www.connectedcambridge.com/news/article/?id=33577 This posting describes opposing views between Hermann Hauser and a UK parliamentary committee member. On one side a call to invest more in science research and over a longer period, and the other who disputes the link between R&D and economic growth. An interesting insight is that increasingly, UK firms are not investing sufficiently in R&D. 

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Manchester Business School invites guest speakers of interest.  Tonight, Angela Knight Chief Exec of Energy UK is talking on the future of the UK energy market. We all know how important cheap and available energy is, but it is taken for granted.  My penny-dropping moment was at Innovate 2013 in London earlier this year, where

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A few personal notes to highlight this year’s annual showcase at the IfM demonstrated an interesting mix of research into technology and innovation management.  The resurgent interest in the future of high value manufacturing made the event the best attended I’ve seen. The mission of the institute at Cambridge University is to “research, teach and practically apply

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Dr Mark Batey, Creativity Specialist, Manchester Business School Organisations are constantly seeking a competitive advantage. The source of this advantage resides in the development of a creative culture, which underlies innovation and growth. There is no single answer or a panacea to creating a culture of creativity. Instead, it arises from the interaction of three

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I facilitated a strategic technology roadmapping session today for collaborative product and process innovation organization, Britest.  STR is a great way of creating, displaying and communicating different facets of a strategy; the markets, products, technologies, projects and resources all in one place. STR works well, because it has been shown that visual strategy operates at all the levels in

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My 10-minute summary of Accenture’s Sustainability 24 online conference that discusses the global agenda, by advancing debate and discussion with clients, local government leaders and stakeholders around the world. 14th May 2013 8:10am – Business Strategy & Stakeholders:  Building Trust & Planning for Uncertainty “In hindsight, it is usually much easier to see what business leaders

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I recently gave a presentation on Open Innovation. One of the audience made the comment that he thought the role of serendipity was underplayed. This got me thinking about the role of chance in the innovation process. A new book by Matt Kingdon aims to describe how serendipity acts within organizations to create new innovative

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Our innovation awards: Call for nominations | The Economist. Regular readers may know I have tracked a number of ideas from the pages of The Economist. The newspaper was established in 1843 to take part in “a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress”. It cites that

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