As with our personalities, we each have a preferred style that we use to innovate.  This is useful to know how we tend to operate as individuals and for leaders and managers in formulating or increasing team performance.  We are all creative and have an innate ability to solve problems. The work of Kirton observed that individual personalities effect

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Well, it depends. There has been a lot of debate over this one both in the general business population and in the academic literature. And I’ll bet you have an opinion on the matter. This article outlines some of the issues and takes forward the situations where small might be better than big, or vice

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I heard a story about a management team that was presented with the results of an employee survey that covered amongst other things, the health of innovation in the business. An astonishing thing was that it described every single innovation score as healthy without one ounce of dissent.  To many it felt completely off base. Anecdotal evidence showed many innovation projects were

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This piece derives from a paper I wrote that invited an exploration for the question – how innovation adds value.  I thought it an interesting way in which strategies for innovation can be directed towards the top and bottom line; the price and the cost. What is Added Value? The Financial Type:  The classic and

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The qualities and characteristics of firms intent on undertaking radical innovation is a subject of great interest.  The era of stagnant national economies is upon us, particularly in developed nations and GOVs and firms alike seek solutions and magic pills to create spectacular stories to rival those in the digital economy, elsewhere. Key is the

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This piece was inspired by a question posed at a Manchester Business School seminar.  It is important because there exists a lot of confusion in the media about innovation (more innovation must be good, right?).  I like the question because it explores the different angles to innovation from a technological perspective – and there is

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The report outlines the approach the UK must take to leverage the potential of its innovation machine.   The 21st century will be a time of rapid technological change… spurred on by the grand challenges we collectively face.  For some time there has been a feeling backed up by evidence that the national innovation system in

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The latest UK.GOV report into innovation makes for interesting reading for innovation practitioners.  I have summarized the key points in terms of what is happening, in which sectors, and what is stopping firms from becoming more successful.  The report headlines the criticality of innovation – that investment in innovation increases productivity by 50% and is

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The study aims to develop understanding what differentiates top innovators from other companies in different industries. CTO’s expect the revenue share of their company in new business areas (new areas and unmet existing) to double from 20% in 2010 to close to 40% by 2020. Key findings from the report, 1. Use ADL’s Innovation Excellence

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This report commissioned by KPMG examines the perspectives of global industry execs across industry sectors and the globe. It is manufacturing centred recognising that while a period of cost-containment is fine, it is the innovation of products, processes and services drives top and bottom line growth.  In economist terms, Innovation is occurring at both the benefits line and

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