Using Games to Help Your Group Create Amazing Products

Innovation Excellence

Games can also be applied to innovation, which is the topic of the book “Innovation Games: Creating Breakthrough Products Through Collaborative Play.” The book was published in 2006 and the games have had a significant impact on numerous companies, non-profits, and government organizations since then. Continue reading → Games Innovation Product Innovation Uncategorized games new product development problem solving

Research Opportunities for Network Forms of OI

Open Innovation

At #RnDParis2019 Thursday, I gave a “master class” on the network forms of open innovation: alliances, communities, crowds, consortia, ecosystems and platforms. It was a standing room only session: it appears that there are a lot of innovation researchers (particularly those new in their careers) who want to learn more about this area and the research opportunities. I extended the idea with a chapter in our 2014 book, New Frontiers in Open Innovation.


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71 Innovation Methodologies

Open Innovation EU

A while ago I sat down with Machiel Wetselaar & David van Dinther to create a list of innovation methodologies for a course we’re developing. Up to now we’ve gathered 71 different methodologies for implementing innovation in your organization. Innovation Cycle (Avans). New Product and Development Service Process (Hauser). New Product Development Front End (Khurana). Revolutionizing Product Development (Wheelwright & Clark).

Open Innovation: A 2014 Research Agenda

Open Innovation

One of the main goals of the Chesbrough/Vanhaverbeke/West 2006 book was to shape the research agenda of the open innovation. Our final chapter was immodestly entitled “Open innovation: a research agenda” (West, Vanhaverbeke and Chesbrough, 2006). According to Google it has 189 cites — not the most influential chapter in the book (which is Chesbrough, 2006) — nor as well cited as key lit reviews (e.g. References Chesbrough, Henry (2006). West, Joel (2006).

Themes for the practice of open innovation

Open Innovation

Like my OI collaborators Henry Chesbrough & Wim Vanhaverbeke, I get a lot of emails (and receive many Google News updates) on businesses and consultants touting some claimed breakthrough on open innovation. I first met Cheryl in 2007 — when I was hired to train Kimberly-Clark execs on open innovation — and in 2012 Cheryl invited me to present my research at CoDev2012 when it was in San Diego. New Frontiers in Open Innovation, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.

Standardization as an open innovation activity

Open Innovation

An important but understudied form of open innovation is the network form (network as defined by Powell 1990). As we noted back in West et al (2006), OI needs more research on this area: at that point, OI had emphasized studying dyadic (bilateral) cooperation between firms, and a decade later that’s still true. The theme for EURAS 2016 is ‘Co-opetition and Open Innovation’, and so I was invited to deliver the keynote address. Platforms, markets and innovation.

Open Innovation at the User Innovation Conference

Open Innovation

On Tuesday, Frank Piller of RWTH Aachen presented an overview of open innovation. He presented to attendees at the 2014 Open and User Innovation Conference — the 12th annual meeting of the user innovation workshop — which met at Harvard Business School. A track chair here at OUI, Frank is one of two members of the user innovation “tribe” (the other being Karim Lakhani) who's worked most actively in open innovation.

Reviewing research on 3D Printing

Open Innovation

I cited two literatures where I’ve contributed (but much later than others) to finding implications beyond the industry and phenomenon: Open source: Managing online communities; Coordinating, governing decentralized production; Fine-tuning degrees of openness Crowdsourcing: Matching seekers/solvers; Motivating contributors; Optimizing collaboration models How far has 3D printing come so far?

Typology for Innovative Organizations

Open Innovation EU

It enhances productivity. While searching for a modern-day typology for innovative organizations – to show our students and what kind of context they most likely would want to work – I found that none was there, so I created a new one. A Typology for Innovative Organizations. The model describes organizational typologies based on cultures of innovation. Each type of organization exists in three different levels of innovation.

DeltaModTech features Innovation Coach Robert Brands

Robert Brands

6 Methods for Innovating in a Highly Technical Field. Statistics indicate that the number of companies that innovate is surprisingly low, despite its potential rewards. Yet there are a number of techniques and processes that can spark innovation in your company, even if you’re in a highly technical field. The business world loves its innovators. MANY VALUE INNOVATION, FEW DO IT. THE “INNOVATION PRACTITIONER” WHO BROUGHT US “INSTANT FOAM” PUMP TECHNOLOGY.

Why you need extreme constraints to fuel innovation


Amazing, cost-effective and extremely useful innovations come out from this frugal science advocate’s lab. Never having gotten near bankruptcy like other airline majors, Southwest Airlines with its nonconformist culture has remained profitable for close to 50 years using focused innovations. Innovation is more about thinking than about product or process innovation. Perhaps, this is why startups are often synonymous with successful innovation.

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R&D Management: Let's Reward Fraud, Not Punish It

Open Innovation

For the past month or so, I have been getting reminders of a new publication on open innovation in R&D Management. This month, it was perhaps the last hurrah of the discredited , fired ex-academic whose who will be remembered in innovation studies as the greatest fraud of the early 21st century. Lichtenthaler wrote: … In this regard, inbound open innovation has attracted substantially more attention by researchers than outbound open innovation (West and Bogers, 2014).

Principles of open innovation


There are all examples of open innovation (OI) at its best. Popularized by Henry Chesbrough,“Open Innovation” term refers to the broad concepts of leveraging external sources of technology and innovation to drive internal growth. Michael Docherty, 2006). Mergers and acquisitions, licensing-in, strategic alliances, joint R&D, and user involvement are examples of inbound open innovation. Innovation can come from anywhere (that’s how Google innovates ).