Category Archives: Chap 16 Innovation and CI

The ‘Design Critique’ as a tool of innovation

In this fastcompany.com article the authors explain how firms who are taking their design processes in-house need to become more skilled in the ‘design critique’ process.  During this process “designers present their work to a group. The group identifies places … Continue reading

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NBA sponsors technology startups

In our book we talk about the factors that influence the innovation process and the impact that external factors can have.  The initiative by the NBA, explained here, is a good example of this.  The Association is partnering with Intel … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Cost benefit analysis of innovations in agriculture

Agriculture and AgriFood Canada (AAFC) invests in developing and popularising innovations in their industry sector.  Two such innovation projects were swath grazing to feed beef cattle in autumn and winter, and the development of a midge resistant wheat. In the … Continue reading

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Co-creation and Open Innovation in New Product Development

This video does what it says on the tin…

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Big companies can’t have innovation without real leadership

I’ve blogged before about how most companies on their website refer in some way or another to innovation or being innovative.  That’s because all, or nearly all, CEO’s recognise that the world is changing rapidly and that their operations cannot … Continue reading

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Research Insight: 12 ways to innovate

I’ve been reviewing the Research Insights in the book in order to identify those that will remain in the new edition, and which new ones might be added.  This article is one that might be included.  It identifies that innovation can … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Icon Aerospace Technology’s continuous improvement programme

Good example on themanufacturer.com website of how continuous improvement is being applied in the aerospace industry.  Icon Aerospace, with the help of consultants SiG, developed its 4i continuous improvement programme based around ‘improvement, insight, intelligence, and inspiration’.  The impact has … Continue reading

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Research Insight: how to find the innovative people in your organisation

Over the years I have run a number of two day Innovation workshops for managers from industry.  Amongst other things, the workshops include brain-storming and other techniques for generating new ideas.  And I’ve always been struck by how some delegates … Continue reading

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Air-Ink – creating ink out of air pollution

Who would have thought it!  Gravicky Labs have found a way of using the soot found in air pollution – mainly from motor vehicles – and turning it into an ink used in marker pens.  Best to let them explain … Continue reading

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Birmingham Children’s Hospital outstanding

Listening to Today on Radio 4 this morning, Sarah-Jane Marsh, the CEO of Birmingham Childrens Hospital was inspirational.  Eight years ago this hospital was identified as having major shorting comings in three key areas of provision.  Today it is the … Continue reading

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