Category Archives: Chap 16 Innovation and CI

Innovation in Europe

This Deloitte report “investigates how companies in Europe are developing digital, data-driven technologies to augment human physical and mental abilities. Specifically, the report examines the triggers of innovation and its implementation”. The digital tools most firms have already invested in … Continue reading

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The impact of digital technology on innovation

Arthur D. Little have conducted a survey of “150 senior executives in innovation, R&D and technology… analyzed over 300 tools, and investigated hundreds of real-world application cases of digitally enabled innovation” (reported on here).  This has identified three main areas of … Continue reading

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Enterprise of the Future

This presentation in Madrid shows HPE’s CEO talking two weeks ago about the ‘enterprise of the future’ and the ‘edge’.

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Potato peelings as part of the circular economy

OK.  I know what you are thinking – this circular economy stuff is getting ridiculous…  But it’s not.  You would think that MDF board (or chip board) is biodegradable, especially since 80% of it is wood.  But it’s not.  This … Continue reading

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CI gemba

Sometimes we can over complicate things.  This video shows how a continuous improvement (CI) training is conducted in a relatively small U.S. manufacturer.  It is beautiful in its simplicity… and its effectiveness.

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Insights into innovation

London Business School has a webpage devoted to case studies of innovation.  It includes insights into Amazon, Samsung and YouTube, as well as examples of less well known innovative companies. It introduces these cases with a brief overview, which includes … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing continuous improvement

This blog has been going for over five years now.  And we are always on the hunt for new material, from sources that we have not used before.  So every now and again I type two apparently unconnected topics into … Continue reading

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Open innovation in food and drink

Interesting article on themanufacturer.com website explaining open innovation (OI) and how it is being adopted by food and drink operators.  OI has been typically associated with technology companies, but firms in the food industry such as Heineken, Pepsico and P&G … Continue reading

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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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