Category Archives: Processes & Tools

How Product Quality Transforms Your Ability to Innovate [Case Study]

Too often, companies are sold on a target price for their product. They want to charge somewhere between what the market is willing to pay and what’s necessary to turn a profit — sometimes at four to five times the manufacturing cost. It’s tempting to take shortcuts in manufacturing and material selection to make more money. But poor quality comes at a cost...

Moroccan Innovation

Morocco is a land that has mystified and enchanted travelers for ages.  Situated between the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlas Mountains, and the Sahara Desert, Morocco is a place of geographic and cultural diversity, situated at the confluence of civilizations.  Morocco has absorbed the influence of the native Berber and other North African tribes, Arabs from ...

A Prescriptive Process for ‘Make vs. Buy’ Decisions

You are about to develop a new product (or service, or process). However, your company may not have the skills or intellectual property to develop a part of it, so you are faced with the classic 'Make vs. Buy' decision. Do you have your own people develop that part, or do you use an external company for that?

Cold Case Innovation

If innovators take a cold case-inspired approach, we might come up with an alternative method for handling older ideas. This approach has the potential to create a new source of innovation ideas by leveraging past work and applying new criteria to those old ideas.

Resourceful Innovation from Inside the Box

There are so many clichés around innovation but the one that causes me the most grief is this idea of “thinking outside the box”. ‘Ever asked someone to show you how you actually go about thinking outside the box? I have...More times than not, they’re not really sure what to do with it.

History Lessons for Innovators [video]

Scott Bowden spends a great deal of time thinking about what he terms as “historical innovation,” which is the concept that one can improve the efficacy of modern innovation programs by studying examples of how people solved problems in the past , and applying those techniques to the challenges faced by current students of innovation.

Starting Intrapreneurs Studio at Orange

Nicolas Bry shares the value prop and the journey behind - and in front of - the new Intrapreneurs Studio programme at Orange where he is senior VP of their Innovation Group. Their definition of an intrapreneur? Someone willing to make a dream become reality, a resilient doer, a positive rebel, acting at the benefit of his company.

Going Global Cheaper: Ways to Reduce Cost Abroad

It’s safe to say that growing your business takes more than time and passion; it also requires a sizeable amount of capital to get it going. This can get pretty expensive, especially if you’re planning to move into a new country. Thankfully, advances in technology and the Internet have made it easier than ever to save ...