“Sustainability and innovation are not mutually exclusive.”

Dr. Edgar Endlein, Head of Development at Werner & Mertz GmbH

Dr. Edgar Endlein - Innovationsimpulse, Innovationskultur, Innovationstreiber, Nachhaltigkeit, Open Innovation, Produktinnovation

Innoboard: How does a company like Werner & Mertz GmbH hold its own against large corporations such as Procter & Gamble and Beiersdorf?

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10 favorite quotes about Innovation.

“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R & D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R & D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.“

– Steve Jobs

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Innovation Management at Ford

Markus Noelle, Technology Planning Manager at Ford

Markus Noelle - Elektromobilität, Geschäftsmodellinnovation, Innovationsimpulse, Innovationsmanagement, Innovationsprozess, Innovationsstrategie, Markus Noelle, Technologieführerschaft

Innoboard: Mr. Noelle, as Technology Planning Manager at Ford, you are working at the forefront in developing new product features for volume vehicles. Why is systematic innovation management so critical to success?

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“Technological leadership and innovation are a central part of IBM’s identity“

Dr. Erich Rütsche, responsible for Business Relations at IBM Research

Dr. Erich Rütsche - Forschung, Innovationsmarketing, Innovationsverwertung, Kommunikation, Open Innovation, Technology

Innoboard: Dr. Rütsche, companies often just rely on their brand and the reputation of their R & D. Why is targeted research marketing still important?

Dr. Erich Rütsche: Research is a substantial part of the brand for many companies. For us, technological leadership and innovation are a central part of IBM’s identity and marketing helps a lot here to strengthen the brand. Promoting research externaly is also a necessary tool to turn our ideas into reality.

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Innovation Excellence at Siemens

Christian G. Frey, Senior Manager Innovation & Patent Coordination at Siemens Building Technologies

Christian Frey - Disruptive Innovation, Geschäftsmodell, Ideengenerierung, Innovationsimpulse, Kompetenzentwicklung, Mega Trends, Technology, Vorentwicklung

Innoboard: Mr. Frey, you lead the innovation team of the Fire Safety and Security Business Unit for Siemens Building Technologies in Zug (Switzerland). How do safety and innovation go together?

Christian G. Frey: Siemens shares the objective described in the security research program of the German Federal Government to provide innovative solutions for increased levels of public safety of citizens while maintaining the balance between security and personal freedom.

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Armin Czeppel - Open Innovation, Changeprozess, Changemanagement, Innovationsfähigkeit, Entrepreneurship

“Without courage, vision, and perseverance, innovation is hardly feasible.”

Armin Czeppel, Innovation Manager at Bosch

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Innoboard: Innovation often fails due to insufficient communication. Why do companies fail when introducing open innovation in the organization? Armin Czeppel: There is a difficult change process backing…

Dr. Martin Meggle - Geschäftsmodellinnovationen, Prozessinnovation, Produktinnovation, Ideengenerierung, Open Innovation

“The attitude to try something new is always maintained”

Dr. Martin Meggle, Vorwerk

Monday, June 30, 2014

If a competitor introduces a new product to the market earlier on, it may be advantageous, explains Dr. Martin Meggle, Head of Development of the household appliances manufacturer…

Dr. Arndt Schlosser - Innovationsnetzwerk, Open Innovation, Technologietransfer, Trendscouting

“The best solutions are often found in networks.”

Dr. Arndt Schlosser, Director of R&D Processes at Wacker Chemie AG

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sometimes protecting intellectual property creates barriers to external co-operation. Dr. Arndt Schlosser, Director of R&D Processes at Wacker Chemie AG is particulary keen on the exchange of ideas…

Uwe Seidel - Innovation, Einzelhandel, Disruptive Technologies

“Retailers should combine the potential of over-the-counter business and digital technology.”

Uwe Seidel, CEO of management consultancy Dr. Lademann & Partner

Saturday, March 26, 2016

To be successful today, retailers should combine the potential of over-the-counter business and digital technology, recommends Uwe Seidel, CEO of management consultancy Dr. Lademann & Partner.