Tag Archives: innovation

Safe-T needles – designed to prevent error

Safe-T is starting manufacture of a new type of needle designed to prevent injuries and infections to patients who have injections.  The needle is designed to automatically retract from the patient and it is then sealed in a plastic case, … Continue reading

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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 unintended consequence of putting tariffs on imported goods

Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal headlined “A Twist in the U.S. Tariff Battle: It’s helping China to be more competitive”.  In chapter 12 we talk about how external forces can influence and shape new product development and innovation. … Continue reading

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Manufacturer’s views on a range of issues

Interesting insight into the major concerns UK manufacturers have right now, on themanufacturer.com website.  Although the headline is about barriers to innovation, the discussion is more wide ranging than that.  There are some good examples of how new technologies are … Continue reading

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Corporate sponsorship of new product development

In our chapter on new product development (NPD), we discuss the environmental factors that might influence the process (page 320).  But we do not mention the concept of corporate sponsorship, such as PepsiCo’s Nutrition Greenhouse Programme (which is why this … 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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Today’s complex world is turning teamwork into “extreme teaming”

Interesting interview in the MITSloan Management Review with Prof. Amy Edmondson, co-author of a new book entitled “Extreme Teaming: Lessons in Complex, Cross-Sector Leadership” (published by Emerald).  In it she argues that increasingly innovation requires specialists from across different fields … Continue reading

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You’ve heard of Ola, Jump, Ofo, Mobike and oBike – of course….

This is an interesting example of how new technology enables the business model to be modified and as a result be very much more profitable.  All of the above are operators of dockless hire bikes, in countries all around the … Continue reading

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