The Chief Innovation Officer’s Three Core Roles

October 20, 2021
In recent years, the position of Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) has gone from a footnoted curiosity to a mainstream trend. And now we have data-driven evidence that CINOs play an important role in driving growth for their companies. In Wellspring’s 2021 R&D and Innovation Agenda report, the... Read More

How Innovation Drives Corporate Performance (And How It Doesn’t)

September 27, 2021
For decades, everyone has called innovation the “fuzzy front end.” On everything from Advanced R&D to Corporate Ventures, program-level investment decisions have largely been driven by leadership intuition. Either you believe in the premise, or you don’t. If that sounds familiar, then I have news... Read More

The 4 Practices of High-Growth Innovators

September 01, 2021
Findings from the 2021 “R&D and Innovation Agenda” research study Read More

Assessing and Ranking Competing Projects and Opportunities

August 23, 2021
Oftentimes in large organizations and F500 companies, innovation and R&D are treated like a shared service, with the majority of initiatives originating from outside the function. Other business units and product lines, inspired after an ideation session or hackathon, come to the innovation team... Read More

Rethinking Innovation Investment: Where CFOs Should Start

August 09, 2021
This article was originally published on Strategic CFO 360, a Chief Executive Group community. For CFOs, one of the murkiest decisions on a quarterly—and yearly—basis is what they plan to do about their organization’s innovation investments. To really get innovation correct organizations must... Read More

Pulse of Innovation: Managing Innovators

June 01, 2021
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

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
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