Innovation Management at Avans University

A couple of weeks ago, I had to give a presentation about innovation management at the Frismakers Festival in the Netherlands. The presentation was about innovation management at Avans University, where I’m employed as a lecturer on this topic. The presentation follows a structured number of steps: firstly, I had to jump into the subject: the innovation management game, a game about innovation management, a company that is now commercially [&hellip

European Commission opts for Industrial Revolution 2.0

Recent decades have been the years of outsourcing. Not only did companies outsource traditional cheap production towards more interesting markets, companies also outsourced most of their ICT and knowledge-based services towards cheaper countries. During recent years, many organisation have also outsourced their innovation departments and knowledge-intensive research and development branches towards countries in the Far East and Brazil. No longer does the Europe have the competitive advantage of being an [&hellip

Global Innovation Barometer: Innovation has Strategic Priority

Last week the Global Innovation Barometer (GE) has been launched. The barometer provides results from (the most important) economies around the world . For instance, in the Dutch Report they conclude: “Innovation is a strategic priority for Dutch Businesses”, with almost 91% of the respondents mentioning it.  Moreover, the report mentions the following indicators as most important for innovation: the improvement of existing products or services (mentioned by 80%) the [&hellip

Open Innovation: Comparing Collaborative and Non-Collaborative Idea Sharing in SMEs

Open Innovation has been hyped for over a decade now. Despite of the fact that many researchers have been researching core aspects of the Open Innovation definition – as Henry Chesbrough has put it in 2003 and redefined it in 2010 – the concept has somewhat ‘blurred’, meaning that Open Innovation oftenly is mistaken for related terminology, such as (plain and easy) collaboration, co-creation or corporate transparancy. So it’s time [&hellip

Innovation Management Game: start-up of the year

Just like last year, we’ll publish a (small) list containing the most promising start-ups of the year. Obviously, we’ll share our opinion from the perspective of Open Innovation by answering the following questions: Does the start-up contribute to the field of Open Innovation? Does the start-up contribute to the field of Innovation Management? Does the start-up contribute to the European knowledge economy? Is the product/idea innovative? Does it meet customer [&hellip

European Innovation Scoreboard exposes substantial regional differences in performance

The European Innovation Scoreboard has been one of the most important European studies for national en regional performance on innovation performance. As one of the key elements for economic growth en job growth, the performance or regions in regard of innovation is comprehensively assessedon a yearly basis. The results are therefore widely used by local and national governments in policy and decision-making. Just over a week ago, the 2012 report [&hellip

Europe dominates Global Competitiveness Report

Switzerland keeps its prime position in the list and Singapore stays second. Switzerland is renowned for its high investment in Research and Development and highly integrated collaboration efforts between business and knowledge institutes. In Singapore the main factors mentioned are the professional attitude and efficiency of the government. The top 5 is completed with two Scandinavian countries – Sweden and Finland, because of their investments in innovation and their outstanding integration between higher [&hellip

A New Model for Innovation: Fast Track Innovation

Recently, I spoke to Deloitte‘s Innovation Concepts Manager Marc Maes and Innovation Consultant Klaas Langeveld about their idea of managing innovation and idea generation within companies. They explained me about their Fast Track strategy and their home-made Innovation Maturity Model. The model intrigued me because of its fairly complete coverage of innovation-related issues and its slim simplicity. It triggered me to grab some literature to find prove of this model. My rationality: if it looks simple and complete, [&hellip

What trends make Innovation Managers sweat?

After having succesfully launched a poll in December, we decided to drop a new question for you. 2012 has just started and many newspapers, blogs and video’s are trying to show us the trends for upcoming year. Summarizing speeches of professional trendwatchers I ran into lately, I could identify a few trends that are interesting for 2012. Epxerience economy Most of the trendwatchers are seeing trends in the way consumers are acting in the market. [&hellip

The best Open Innovation posts of 2011

The year is almost over and many of us are spending our holidays search our social media accounts for interesting blog posts while watching the snowflakes or, in our case, the raindrops falling. To make this year’s ending even more comfortable for you, we have searched through the web to gather the best Open Innovation posts of this year. Note: we have used search enginges such as Twitter’s Advanced Search, Google [&hellip

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