An innovative company is creative and and capable of renewal. Behind this now-so-common goal state is an ever-changing world that is ruthless for those who are standing still. Innovation programs are an important part of generating ideas in organizations. There are a few things you should consider in launching one to really succeed in it and making your innovation program effective.
Topics: Innovation Process
No matter the size or sector of your organization, you have most likely engaged in some type of brainstorming session. We are living in an increasingly competitive world, where small startups and huge corporations are looking for more market share.
Ideation is critical for innovation. And when it comes to rapid ideation, nothing works better than brainstorming. The most innovative companies depend on a healthy flow of new ideas to push their innovation efforts. If you will unlock higher creativity and innovation in your enterprise, you must also be able to encourage a steady flow of ideas to tackle unique problems.
A brainstorming session is a tool that allows you quickly find plenty ideas or solutions to a problem. The ideas generated are not required to be the best or even have the highest chances of execution. The goal of the session is to find plenty ideas, which will then usually form a basis for even better solutions.
While brainstorming works best unhindered, it is also most effective when guided by simple brainstorming rules that help you make the most of the process. Here are some rules that can help you squeeze real value out of your brainstorming session.
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Easy to way to stay on the cutting edge of innovation is to start following some blogs. We wanted save you some time by ranking the top innovation blogs. Instead of just basing the ranking in our opinion we wanted to be more systematic. Therefore we ranked the blogs according to their performance in the following 7 criteria
Topics: Best Practise
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Learn more about the characteristics of innovative leadership from the infographics below!
This infographic is the 2nd part of series that concentrates to research based facts about innovation. If you want to understand why innovation is crucial for companies and what are the characteristics of successful innovators, please take a look at the 1st infographic in the series: Business Innovation - Why and How.
Topics: innovation culture
Innovation has been the hot topic in the recent years as everybody is afraid of their business being disrupted. Who would not be scared if all your customers suddenly start talk about a disruptive newcomer like Tesla. Despite your best efforts everybody is just swarming about their sports car in space or the new cybertruck.
What can you do? You have to up your game too. In this infographic we have summarized why you should be interested in business innovation and what are the characteristics of successful innovators. And if you are hungry for more in-depth description of innovation, please take a look at our all-covering blog post about innovation: Innovation definition, strategy and process.
Topics: innovation culture
Most of us have been probably in this situation: you are in a hurry creating your presentation or blog post, but you can't find suitable images to support your message. We at Orchidea have faced this problem too many times. That's why we asked our super creative team member Liana to create 50+ images about the most typical innovation topics. Here they for you to use!!
Nowadays, consumers tend to look for ethical and sustainable products. This gives rise to responsible brands, such as Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, which offers 100 per cent vegetarian cosmetics, or Fairphone, who offers phones with responsible sourcing, or Patagonia, which focuses on ethical production of their products (Gursawska et al. 2017). Examples from Finland could include plastic-free beverage cup manufacturer Kotkamills as well as biomaterial company Sulapac.
This can also work in a reverse manner, when many customers abandon companies which have acted in an unethical or unsustainable way, like in the cases of British Petroleum and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 or the Volkswagen emissions scandal in 2015. Another example can be found from a Miltton study from 2017, that included surveys from Sweden, Finland and Estonia. The results showcase that majority of the people think that companies should participate in solving societal problems.
Topics: Research & Development
Succeeding in innovation is crucial for the competitiveness of organizations of all sizes. Organizing innovation challenges (also known as innovation contest, innovation competition, idea contest and idea competition) is a widely used method for collecting innovative ideas that help companies reach their strategic goals.
Why some organizations can over and over again succeed in attracting contributors to participate in their challenges? Why some teams exceed their objectives consistently? What sets successful ones apart from mediocre ones? The answer is simple: thoughtful challenge design.
An effective innovation challenge attracts the right minds to work on a well-defined problem. Successful challenge design hits the mark in three core components: defining a suitable challenge question, brief and evaluation criteria. Let’s take a look at what latest trends in challenges are and how the best ones are designed.
Topics: Innovation Challenge
|Table of contents|
|Base for design thinking|
|Front-end of innovation|
|Design push for new innovations|
|Service design and design thinking|
|Service design process vs service innovation process|
|10 tips for success|
New requirements for products and services are guided by megatrends, such as climate change, digitalization, urbanization, and growing middle class. Today, also the complexity of business and technology is increasing, and people and companies need to make sense of it. This is a clear trend in business that drives people to use design thinking methodologies like. Big companies like IBM and GE are using design thinking as a core competence for simplifying and humanizing their services. Large consulting organizations are also attending the design thinking journey by acquiring smaller design firms.
Front-end of innovation is often fuzzy and unstructured and the uncertainty is making it hard to push ideas further and make implementation decisions. To make things easier, I have gathered my top ten tips to make use of design thinking in a front-end of innovation process. I will first share some background and theory on the topic and then share tips based on my own research and hands-on experience.
Base for design thinking mindset comes from service-dominant logic
Traditionally the more goods you can produce and sell the better. The same is probably still valid but there are new ways of defining value instead of counting the sold items. Newer ways of thinking are defining the value as value in use. The focus of firms is shifting from product and service features to value. The value is co-created with the firm and the customer when the innovation or other resource is used. Therefore, service design and understanding of users and customers are hot topics in today’s business and many companies advertise that they are customer-centric. In 2004, Vargo and Lusch suggested a new dominant logic for marketing which emphasizes the individual service experience and co-creation of value.