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Aug 29, 2018

When it comes to innovation, most people are happy to generate ideas and try to realize the value of ideas as new products and services.  Less interesting is any discussion of innovation team structure or governance.

Aug 13, 2018

Do you believe the innovation process begins when someone conceives of a better way to do something or solves a previously intractable problem?  According to Jeffrey Phillips this “begins with an idea” theory neglects to consider that something – some challenge, some opportunity or some future state – was the...

Aug 7, 2018

True innovation is not simply creating a product for a new product's sake. Rather, it's looking at what can be immensely complicated topics, distilling the research, considering future implications, and proposing a response or solution that considers the entirety of evidence.  

Jul 26, 2018

Do you believe the most interesting and valuable innovation is accidental? While new innovations do spring from unexpected and surprising sources, Jeffrey Phillips believes you can choose where and when your next innovation will launch. 

Jul 16, 2018

Is innovation a sprint or a marathon? It depends on your perspective, Jeffrey Phillips writes of how different groups perceive innovation, and what he believes is the best analogy for innovation. 

Jul 5, 2018

Jamie Pero Parker, Ph.D. and Alison Sykes, Ph.D., write of their work with a global consumer goods client that wanted to understand water and oil repellent coating technologies that are safe...

Jun 28, 2018

There are a few good metaphors for what happens in corporate innovation.  Innovation isn’t linear, so it’s not really a process, although we often talk about innovation funnels.  Innovation often isn’t continuous or even predictable, although we provide tools and methods that suggest it could be.  Innovation is so unlike most business activities that there aren’t a lot of useful analogies, but...

Jun 11, 2018

It struck me recently that, like Coleridge’s ancient Mariner, we in modern business are awash in an ocean but with little nourishment or sustenance.  Coleridge’s Mariner was trapped on the ocean, surrounded by water, but none that he could drink, ironically.  “Water, water every where nor any drop to drink” is his cry...