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Best innovation blogs 2020

Posted by Jouni Halme on 13/03/20 10:50

Want to learn more about innovation

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

  • Organic keywords: the number of keywords the site of the blog ranks for in search (source: Ubersuggest)
  • Organic monthly traffic: the total estimated traffic the site of the blog gets considering its organic keywords (source: Ubersuggest)
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Topics: Best Practise

Innovative leadership [Infographic]

Posted by Jouni Halme on 10/03/20 09:30

Does diverse academic background of your employees increase the innovativeness of your company?

What is the #1 reason affecting negatively companies' growth prospects according CEOs?

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.

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Topics: innovation culture

Business Innovation - Why and How [Infographic]

Posted by Jouni Halme on 05/03/20 14:08

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.

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Topics: innovation culture

50 Free innovation images

Posted by Jouni Halme on 28/01/20 09:00

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!!
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Responsibility and innovation

Posted by Matias Heikkilä on 04/12/19 13:44

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.

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Topics: Research & Development

Why innovation challenge design is important and how to do it?

Posted by Matti Pihlajamaa on 27/06/19 10:17

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.

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Topics: Innovation Challenge

10 tips for improving innovation with design thinking

Posted by Minna Perttu on 23/05/19 11:48

Table of contents
Base for design thinking
Front-end of innovation
Design push for new innovations
Design thinking
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.

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Topics: Innovation Process, Research & Development, Design thinking

Innovation definition, strategy and process

Posted by Jouni Halme on 28/02/19 16:32

Table of contents

What is innovation?
Types of innovation
Benefits of innovation
Innovation strategy
Innovation culture
Organization
Innovation process
Measuring innovation performance
Summary

 What is innovation?

“The actions required to create new ideas, processes or products which when implemented lead to positive effective change.”
– Marc Chason, Motorola Labs
This simple definition of innovation captures very well the key attributes of it
  • novelty
  • execution turns ideas and inventions to innovations
  • results in positive change and value

Here is how Marc Chason continues to explore the topic:

“While invention requires the creation of new ideas, processes or products, innovation moves one step further and requires implementation of the inventive act. Innovation also implies a value system which seeks to derive a positive outcome from the inventive act. For example, actions which lead to a negative performance metric would not be considered innovative, even if they met the requirements of novelty and enabling actions.”

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Topics: Innovation Process, Research & Development

How to kick off suggestion box like a champ

Posted by Jouni Halme on 11/12/18 13:14

Engaging your staff to improve the operations is one of today's hot trends and one way to do it by suggestion box. It is a method widely used in both public sector and companies. Painfully often the activity which was launched years ago has been let to fade. In situations like these the relaunch of suggestion box to staff is needed.

Good planning is the cornerstone of kicking off any activity. Successful kick-off and the benefits of active participation are secured by following these tips. These tips are based on a research conducted by Lappeenranta University of Technology and the best practices of Orchidea Innovations.

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Topics: suggestion box

Overcoming 3 common obstacles to innovation

Posted by Christoffer Winquist on 03/09/15 17:16

Have you felt that people in the company have good ideas or potential that is not being utilized? Have you struggled with how ideas should be collected and implemented? Innovation doesn’t happen just because you implement an innovation funnel or start using a tool for collecting ideas. Processes and tools are often required to support innovation, but the work of changing how people think and act remains. We will focus on three typical obstacles in innovation that companies face when seeking good concepts to implement:

  1. getting useful ideas from the organization,
  2. idea development, and
  3. a note on idea process discipline.
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Topics: Innovation Process, Best Practise, Innovation Challenge

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