Author Archives: Paul Hobcraft

Extending the Innovation Funnel

The ideas funnel has been with us a long time. We put our ideas into the funnel and then through a process of elimination out ‘pop’s’ finished products. Henry Chesbrough’s famous depiction of the Open Funnel has continued that concept, that ideas enter the more ‘open’ innovation process and go through a more ‘staged gate’ or equivalent process to emerge ...

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Societal Innovation

Challenging Our Future Thinking by Paul Hobcraft There needs to be this major shift from market-led to more socially-lead organizations occurring. We see pockets of this in a number of business organizations offering clearer governance and sustainability outlines as part of their annual reporting. We need to push them a lot harder. We need to move away from business- only ...

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Outside In Innovation at GE

In the past few months I have been getting interested in GE and how it is managing innovation. Often you read a number of negative reports on GE but is this just the big guy being picked upon by more nimble observers that have a limited insight into what is going on behind the walls of GE? What is under ...

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The Growing Shift Towards Social Innovation

On 16 and 17 March 2011, Social Innovation Europe will be launched in Brussels. Funded by the European Commission, Social Innovation Europe will create a dynamic, entrepreneurial and innovative new Europe with the intent for Europe to embrace the broader concepts within innovation and set an example globally for this social movement. The aim is by 2014, Social Innovation Europe ...

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Open Innovation at the Crossroads

Open Innovation (OI) has been around for some years, in the past three to four years the notion of open innovation has accelerated and moved very much and becoming embedded into the structure of many organizations. Presently most organizations are dealing with the roadblocks surrounding open innovation either internally within their own structures or with the potential partners that they ...

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Get Ready to Accelerate the Innovation Profession

Sometimes you become concerned, this is one of those moments. I’m getting concerned that we need to take some urgent action. The Corporate Innovation Manager – is stuck in the middle. Recently I was going through a report, a very helpful one on the on the Corporate Innovation Function – summarizing key findings and detailed results from a study commissioned ...

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Welcome to the Brave New World of Innovation Ecosystems

Will ecosystems replace simple ‘old’ innovation collaborations as we know them today? Open innovation has suddenly lost its pole position. Board rooms around the world will be thinking through the events that unfolded recently and I’m not talking about Eygpt. Just get into the story that has been unfolding at Nokia in the recent weeks, it has been breathtaking but ...

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Growing Imperative for Dedicated Innovation Scientists and Engineers

I believe we are arriving at the point of real value by organizing dedicated innovation scientists and engineers into a specialized innovation unit. Innovation has emerged into part science, part art and design, and plenty of engineering (social and process). Today to successfully manage innovation is getting increasingly challenging and placing considerable strain on the present design and structures of ...

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The Cult of Seven for Innovation

Recently I was going through my files and was amazed how the use of ‘seven’ came up to form some sort of magic ‘seven’ framework. I’m not sure if we can blame this all on the “seven wonders of the world” but ‘seven’ has some magic perhaps when it also comes to listing. Is it because our attention span can’t ...

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Moving Towards a Distributed Innovation Model

How are we going to really unlock the true potential of frontline managers, middle managers and the whole workforce for ‘seeing’ and engaging for their contribution to innovation? Far too many organizations still don’t provide the opportunity for everyone to contribute to innovation. I think as open innovation moves from the labs and research centers OI will be one of ...

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