Recently, I’ve come across a couple of posts and articles debating on the question: In order to increase agility, should organizations aim to become more nimble across their existing structures or should they capitalize on separated units/ventures – such as innovation or digital labs – being dedicated to initiate and develop explorative ideas and opportunities? Let’s define agility as […]
Probably the most critical structural ingredient for innovation capability is how new ventures – internal as well as external ones – are to be implemented in the organization in order to get validated and scaled. Should a new venture be entirely separated from the core business as stand-alone venture? Should it be integrated into an existing business unit? Or is it […]
The first time I was advocating the idea of a dual innovation approach, here also referred to as organizational ambidexterity, is now more than 5 years ago. At this time it became pretty obvious to me that this concept – academically worn-out but deficiently or not at all put into practice in most organizations – would be of increasing importance […]
In previous posts, I have shared my view on important cornerstones for successful innovation management systems. As pointed out several times, balanced and up-to-date innovation management requires organizational ambidexterity, i.e. the capability to explore novel offerings and capabilities while simultaneously exploiting existing ones. In the following, I would like to summarize and complement these thoughts by suggesting an innovation management model that may help organizations to innovate more […]
In the course of this first month of 2016, I was asked a couple of times what my prospects are for the year ahead when it comes to key innovation issues. Hence, I gave it some thought, starting by revisting an earlier reflection: Beginning of 2013, Tim Kastelle and I identified four key issues in innovation management for the time […]
For quite some time, I’ve been advocating the idea that successful and sustainable corporate innovation management systems should be based on the following cornerstones: Organizational ambidexterity: Sustainable innovation management is required to account for organizational ambidexterity, i.e. optimizing existing businesses and developing new businesses have to be driven in parallel. Failing to achieve an individually optimal balance will not lead to company success in the short and long […]
As we have suggested earlier, innovation activities that are radical or disruptive in nature, should be separated from incremental innovation around a company’s established core business. The main reasons are: Required capabilities, structures, approaches, success metrics and culture for radical/disruptive innovation are highly incompatible with those required for incremental innovation. Radical/disruptive innovation activities need full-time resources to get executed properly and time-efficiently. However, separation is a […]
Recently, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has published key findings of their latest “Most Innovative Companies 2014” survey. Beside the annual ranking, headed by the top three companies Apple, Google and Samsung, some insightful outcomes with regard to organizational and cultural requirements have striked my eye. According to BCG’s research, successfully innovating companies approach innovation as a system. The system is rooted in experimentation, […]
Yesterday, I was quite delighted to see my post Integrating Lean Startup and Design Thinking ranked #11 of the Top 100 Innovation Posts 2014 at Innovation Excellence. Once again, I was pondering why this post has been by far the most resonating one I’ve written up to now. My conclusion: many of us are aware that innovation tools, even up-to-date ones, have a limited scope […]
(amended, 2015-05-03) Business model innovation (BMI) is becoming ever more important as it turns out increasingly difficult for companies to differentiate based on products and services alone. New business models are difficult for competitors to copy, not only because it takes considerable time and effort to build a new business model and simultaneously change several elements of an existing one, respectively. Moreover, a […]
- Integrative Innovation February 19, 2013
- Innovation and Organizational Culture February 14, 2015
- Innovation and Serendipity May 23, 2013
- Balancing Innovation via Organizational Ambidexterity May 29, 2013
- Integrating Lean Startup and Design Thinking February 1, 2014
- Balancing Innovation via Organizational Ambidexterity – Part 2 August 12, 2013
- Managing Innovation Portfolios – Part 1: Strategic Portfolio Management September 21, 2013
- Innovators Hold Strong Visions Weakly February 3, 2013
- Leveraging New Ventures for Innovation July 21, 2014
- The Future of Innovation is Open February 3, 2013
- Ralph-Christian Ohr: Thanks Kevin! Leverage of existing assets, com...
- Kevin McFarthing: Hi Ralph - good article and insights as always. O...
- Charles M Lines: And key to the above process is being able to mana...
- Organizational Models for Breakthrough Innovation – Innovation Excellence: […] Ralph-Christian Ohr is an integrative in...
- Distinct Approaches to Business Model Innovation – Innovation Excellence: […] model innovation (BMI) is becoming ever ...
- Integrating Lean Startup and Design Thinking – Innovation Excellence: […] merge these increasingly upcoming framew...
- Managing Innovation Portfolios – Operational Portfolio Management [2/2] – Innovation Excellence: […] at the intersection of organizational an...
- Managing Innovation Portfolios – Strategic Portfolio Management [1/2] – Innovation Excellence: […] Related to this balance, simultaneous ma...
- Are You Aiming High Enough? – Innovation Excellence: […] if the Bank With Tweets guys really do m...
- Ralph-Christian Ohr: Thanks for stopping by, Bart! You definitely r...
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