America’s National Innovation System Needs an Upgrade

April 30, 2021
It has been 75 years since Vannevar Bush wrote in Science: the Endless Frontier that “without scientific progress, no amount of achievement in other directions can insure our health, prosperity, and security as a nation in the modern world.” This call-to-arms jump-started a golden age for the... Read More

Protecting Innovation’s Portfolio While Fielding Business Requests

April 29, 2021
Despite grand plans for disruptive innovation and headline-grabbing announcements, plenty of organizations manage to get in their own way when it comes to innovation. Many believe they have an impressive range of innovation activities, covering the gamut from incremental (H1) to adjacent (H2) to... Read More

Innovation metrics: why NPV and Product Vitality aren’t enough

March 10, 2021
When I speak with R&D and innovation leaders about their key metrics, two measures rise to the top: NPV (Net Present Value) and PVI (Product Vitality Index). These are the de facto standards for assessing innovation impact. Nothing else comes close. When pressed, the very same leaders express a... Read More

Smarter Homes - Opportunities in the Growing Home Automation Market

February 23, 2021
If you’ve read any innovation or R&D advice lately, you’ve most likely seen this common sentiment: Innovate with the customer in mind. With everyone spending more time at home these days, consumer wants and needs have shifted dramatically and continue to evolve. Personal residences have transformed... Read More

Bioplastics: ready for prime-time?

February 10, 2021
Starting with the development of a commercial polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) product in the 1980s, bioplastics have received off-and-on attention given their potential for widespread application in industry. In particular, it has long been thought that biosynthesized polymers – plastics produced... Read More

Most Companies Don’t Have an Innovation Strategy. Here’s Why.

December 15, 2020
A few years ago, I was involved in a two-day boardroom session at a respected company – let’s call them Acme Corporation. They’d asked for help with their innovation strategy. Read More

How to Avoid "Convenience-Mart" Tech Scouting

October 28, 2020
Every week, we meet a few more companies that are transitioning Technology Scouting from an implicit, under-the-radar activity into a formal, dedicated innovation practice. That’s a smart move – and long overdue for many old-guard corporations. The problem is that too many companies get stuck... Read More

Tidying Up - The Greening of Cleaning

October 13, 2020
As concerns for personal and environmental health continue to build, a growing proportion of consumers have chosen to replace traditional cleaning products with green, eco-friendly products. Despite early skepticism that consumers would actually change their purchasing habits, this shift in... Read More

Innovation’s Perception Gap

August 18, 2020
In business culture today, there is still a broad, albeit implicit, belief that innovation is innate. Whether you’re a person or a company, you either have it or you don’t. If Steve Jobs is your CEO, high-flying innovation is inevitable. Otherwise, you’re destined for mediocrity. Read More

Pulse of Innovation: Innovating through a Crisis

July 21, 2020
Every so often we ask our community to sound off on popular topics in innovation and share their best tips, tricks, and advice in hopes that their answers may inspire others in the field. We’ve gathered these insights by email, over phone calls, at events and roundtables, and catching up with... Read More
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