Innovation 2012, the report by UK.GOV on the state of UK business innovation did not make for comfortable reading. On the back of the financial crisis companies where holding back investment in new products, services and ways of doing business. In 2011 only 31% of UK firms from SMEs to large companies were “Active Innovators.”

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In my last few articles I have built a case that large organizations should invest energy in actively designing their early phase of the innovation process – the so-called “Fuzzy Front-End” (FFE) in a way that it delivers meaningful and promising innovation ideas and concepts. It is emerging practice that there are some key design

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In this series of articles we have built a case that large organizations should now focus their innovation efforts on correctly organizing their Innovation Front End – the place which is inherently ambiguous, but also the region of greatest potential. The term “Fuzzy Front-End” (FFE) refers to the early innovation phase where “fuzzy” refers to

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The so-called fuzzy front-end of the innovation funnel is a region that is, by definition uncertain. But it’s also full of opportunity for companies if they want to really enhance their innovation results. It takes more than (only) budget. Innovation is on top of the agenda Study after study shows that “innovation” has a premier

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…about where to focus your efforts. Pity the corporate innovator. Not only have large companies become more complicated on the inside when separated by geography, corporate initiatives and the beloved SBU. But on the outside the external world has become swamped with challenges and opportunities, from “big data” to new technologies and hyper-segmented markets. At

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For some, you are already sorted when it comes to innovation and you’re already doing everything you can to get and stay ahead. You’ve achieved the position that many wish for and strive for. Take a moment to congratulate yourselves as innovation leaders in your field! But many companies strive to do better – the

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Many companies have a website encouraging others to “submit their ideas – we’re open for innovation.” Open Innovation now is widespread but like the  very word innovation, Open innovation is also subject to misunderstanding. Since 2003 when Henry Chesbrough packaged Open Innovation, it has spread from the very largest companies to SMEs, from high tech

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The Economist (11th April 2015) laments the woeful skills shortage gap in the UK. After years of underinvestment, policy failure and general shifts in attitudes away from science and engineering subjects, we’re about to get what we wished for. Careful now. The UK produces 25000 engineering graduates a year and despite some recent successes to

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