Understanding Tech Scouting's Split-Competency Model

May 14, 2019
Imagine you are the leader of a newly formed External Technologies Sourcing team at a large company in the heavy equipment industry. A product group has come to you, asking for help. They are building a new generation of self-repairing machines. Progress has been made, but the product group lacks... Read More

Top Agro Trends Challenging Innovation Teams

April 03, 2019
There are a number of overarching trends that continue to dominate the agricultural sector. Global population growth, backlash against heavy use of synthetic crop protection, and the implementation of new IoT technologies into the agricultural technology mix are changing the landscapes innovation... Read More

Who’s Playing the Micro-Mobility Game?

March 20, 2019
Micro-mobility is one of the latest trends to emerge out of the transportation industry. It’s a concept that has gained so much traction that even major automotive players, like Ford and Volkswagen, are getting involved. In 2018, micro-mobility took a big step toward going mainstream, with more... Read More

How Do Technology Silos Form in CPG?

February 04, 2019
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Blockchain’s International Footprint

January 14, 2019
Sometimes, when a breakthrough technology emerges, expertise is concentrated in a small group of specialists, and one or two regional ecosystems dominate the landscape. In the past, tapping into that knowledge base might have meant attending a few conferences, working the Valley’s network, and then... Read More

Is your finger on the pulse of your industry's innovation?

August 09, 2018
There’s a seismic shift underway in the nature of innovation management. All the momentum that was once with the wealthiest, most resource-rich enterprises has changed hands; it’s now at the command of organizations that pay the closest attention to externally originating innovation opportunities. Read More

Innovation as a process: Why crowdsourcing ideas isn’t enough

July 17, 2018
Crowdsourcing isn’t new as an innovation technique. We can find large-scale examples of it going as far back as the 1700s, like when the British government offered more than $26,000 to whoever could figure out how to determine longitude at sea. It’s the way we go about crowdsourcing that has... Read More

How to Grow Your Open Innovation Network

March 26, 2018
The 2017 R&D Trends Forecast by the Industrial Research Institute estimates that global R&D investment will increase by 3.4% in 2017 to $2.066 trillion with academic institutions and federal labs making up a significant portion of that total. Government and academic researchers play a critical role... Read More

How Organizations Can Manage Innovation

January 22, 2018
In the last thirty minutes, 700 patents were filed, 150 scientific articles were published, and 70 new start-ups were founded. Read More

Embracing Organizational Ambidexterity

October 19, 2017
Although open innovation serves as a path towards greater openness in product innovation and organizational growth, it is not immune to the typical failures that can be found within any business system. Failures in open innovation programs don't necessarily mean that open innovation itself is... Read More
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