Innoboard: You worked both with big companies as well as startups for many years. In your opinion, how differs the understanding of innovation between these two kinds of organizations?
Dr. Evangelos Simoudis: For startups technology and business model innovation is a matter of survival. If startups fail to innovate and disrupt incumbents, or innovate and in the process create a new market, then they fail which often means going out of business. Large corporations primarily try to innovate in order to extend their existing successful business models. A small percent of the corporations appreciate the advantages of over the horizon innovation and use it in an effort to create new revenue streams. The results of these over-the-horizon innovation efforts may even lead to the disruption of their existing business models.
Innoboard: There is no universal definition of innovation. Every industry and every company perceive it differently. As CEO of the Silicon Valley Insurance Accelerator, how do you define innovation?
Michael Connor: Innovation creates new differentiating value that hasn’t previously existed. That impact takes place on a continuum. At the low end it delivers moderate improvements and changes in how an industry creates and delivers value and or in the cost of delivering that value. At the high end it significantly redefines industries their value chains and boundaries and/or creates entirely new industries. That innovation becomes disruptive, when the value delivered is significant and demand for that value is met faster by new entrants than by the major players in the existing industry.
Have you ever wondered where great ideas come from? If your company has ever stalled for the lack of innovation, then you’ve probably thought about it from time to time. Innovative ideas can come from nothing, or from a long process of brainstorming and debate, but it always seems like some industries are consistently coming out with the best new products and processes, while others lag far behind. This isn’t your imagination; some industries are moving much more quickly than others. But which industries are the most innovative, and what sets them apart?
Innoboard: Digitization – it is felt by all industries and departments, however, the reactions are different. What does digitization mean to the BBC Group?
Dr. Christoph Kuen: We understand digitization as transformation and continuous development of corporate processes, client experience and business models. As a globally operating Swiss conglomerate, we are right in the middle of our digitization journey. For us, this means that we link digitization with a transformation process which is reflected in structural changes, a modified process organization as well as in the personal work attitude.
An in-house innovation program is becoming a common fixture in the most competitive organizations. However, in a recessed economy, these research & development programs can sometimes get eliminated, because they struggle to prove or articulate value.
Every year, the Innovation Management Awards invite innovation teams to share their best practices for their internal innovation programs: best practices about how to engage the workplace in the innovation process, how to refine and select the best ideas, and how to identify and prototype meaningful innovations.
The 2016 winners shared a few key qualities that help define a successful innovation management program:
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