I think we all recognize that innovation is made up of both tangible and intangible assets. It is the marriage of these two that makes innovation a unique capability to manage in well-structured ways. It is the people engaged in innovation activity that make it work. Everything else, the process, structures, technologies and management systems … More Knowing your innovation core
The Nine Steps needed for developing an understanding of your innovation capabilities to make them more dynamic. This is my adopted approach to work through this in a systematic way. No question, this is designed to make sure those involved take their time working through the different levels of understanding needed. A journey where you … More Nine steps leading to understanding your dynamic innovation capabilities
I’m constantly learning, reading, absorbing and interpreting what I understand and then attempting to provide my thoughts to others, those willing to listen about innovation! Innovation capability building is my 100% focus from my work point of view. I’m comfortable in much of the understanding of what makes up innovation, totally restless in so much … More Continuing the Innovation Journey- connecting the points
I had not recognized the incredible power of “orchestration” needed in innovation as much as I should have done. Of course it was there, actually all around us, going on all the time but it was not as ‘loud and clear’ in my thinking as it should have been. The blind spot had been my … More Orchestration is required for dynamic Innovation
Knowing your innovation ‘stock’ and ‘capital’ potential If we really want to innovate well, we need to know our ‘innovation stock’. This is where the largest part of our wealth generating capital lies and where it’s potential can be best put to use. We are today increasingly valuing the knowledge perspective far more and with … More Do you know your innovation stock and its capital potential?
Here, we are searching for the dynamics within the innovation system, that once recognized, can be constructed for a more dynamic innovation fitness solution. We are looking to improve the innovation performance engine within organizations. These dynamics are made up of the capabilities and competencies that reveal and clarify what is required as the relevant … More Moving along the path to innovation fitness
There is a continuing need is to build the management of innovation into a clear organizational capability, where innovation becomes a continuous effective innovation process. To this end I have produced a conceptual model of what constitutes the ‘make up’ for providing an ongoing innovation performance engine- the innovation fitness landscape and the dynamics– that … More Innovation fitness dynamics – to engage with and recognize the need to change.
“Slow constrains quick, slow controls quick” There is so much built in tension, bias, barriers, mindsets, mental model conflicts, and all types of friction seemingly going on around us, you must sometimes think all our organizations can only be totally dysfunctional. The Scream by Edvard Munch for Dysfunctional Organizations Has anyone not come across some … More Layers that shear against each other are full of tension.
Generally, absorptive capacity should be focused on the capacity to make use of existing knowledge both internally and externally, placing the emphasis on the capacity to assimilate and transform it (often differently). It deepens the capacity that lies within an organization for exploring innovation further. The importance is to develop the ability to achieve “new … More The AC components that deepen the capacity to innovate
Understanding Absorptive Capacity and how it works “Absorptive capacity” is a term introduced through some academic research by Cohen & Levinthal, back in 1990 to describe an organizations “ability to recognize the value of new, external information (knowledge), assimilate it, and apply it to commercial ends”. Since then there has been significant academic contributions for … More Understanding Absorptive Capacity
We need to cultivate Absorptive behaviour and allow it to flow. We need a system to capture and allow knowledge to flow. For me the adoption model seems to be one worth investigating. If we want to achieve the goal of distributed innovation we need to have in place this possible framework around absorptive capacity … More Cultivating Absorptive Capacity
Two people could be standing up on the mountain, looking out across the same landscape but see the journey in different ways. The question is how do you see the journey to achieve innovation fitness through two different ‘cloud’ maps Or do you see this journey totally differently, not what it needs to cover but … More How do you see your innovation journey?
The moving space for innovation is to allow everyone to participate in being involved and wanting to get ‘fit.’ To do this you have to be opened up to a number of “possible paths” to allow it to flow and take hold. There is the need to explore multiple ways to learn and find the … More The Moving Space Required for Innovation
When you climb mountains, the fitter you are the better you climb. Equally the higher one wants to climb (innovation ambition), the harder it becomes to climb to those new levels. Our ability to climb required two clear points of understanding. Firstly what we are trying to achieve so we get a rough idea of … More Mapping out a rugged innovation terrain
Do we know what the dependencies and complementaries for building and sustaining innovation success are? How do you sustain innovation, is it more through the structuring of everyday work, by creating a particular set of social rules and resources that foster specific routines? Really, that does seem to me as sounding a little too easy, … More Finding time for dynamics within the capacity to innovate
Let me firstly outline the REAL challenge I see with innovation. Knowing what are the critical factors and their dependences for sustaining innovation success is vital to understand so that an organization can place the appropriate resources behind them. The questions are: which are critical, which naturally occur when others begin to be put into … More The Really Pressing Need of Innovation
The real need is for improving the business relevance of anything that is new. To quantify this, in general this should include to enhance, reduce, eliminate or improve: Increasing flexibility and efficiency. Managing knowledge effectively through the adaptive capacity framework. Increasing productivity and reducing time to market. Facilitating teamwork. Enabling on-line gathering of marketing information … More Achieving Business Relevance
What outcomes can you expect to create particular advantages for a firm that is trying to compete in today’s economy: Strengthen the innovation knowledge management within a firm. Foster creativity as a key ingredient in the innovation process. Increase ability of the business to react quickly to change, without a big impact on efficiency. Promote … More Outcomes from Innovation Impact
Let’s mix the theory of fitness landscapes with your innovation objectives By firstly mapping out your innovation capabilities to the task at hand enables you to understand and relate to what is needed- we call that the context for innovation. Innovation Fitness Landscapes helps in this task by identifying the opportunity spaces on where you need … More Working through some of the theory
By taking a more systematic approach to any innovation you achieve a greater understanding over time of what is involved. Firstly you have to ask what you are trying to achieve, is it incremental innovation, distinctive, disruptive or even radical white space innovation? Do you approach innovation differently for each of these? I would argue … More the Pathway Curve Methodology
Finding practical capability identification requires a given approach: Initially a more path dependency one is explored, searching for existing routines, capabilities and knowledge (more backward looking) for factors that seem to have affected the past success. This then allows us to explore: Identification and classification of existing capabilities Identification and classification of required future capabilities … More Practical Approaches to Fitness Assessments
Achieving fitness you firstly have to know where you are and then what you want to achieve. Within our assessment to attain an understanding of your fitness for innovation we take two points of time, the present fitness and the type of fitness you want to achieve in the future. We have a structured method … More The Fitness Evaluations
So how do we check our innovation vital signs? I think there are many ways we can make constant checks and often when I’m visiting organizations you can begin to sense these vital signs and pick up on many warning signs from the conversations. These can come from that ‘buzz’ that does or does not … More Checking your pulse for innovation vital signs
Introduction to dynamic capabilities The study of dynamic capabilities, the organization’s capacity to change its operations and adapt them to the environmental requirements, has taken centre stage in the debate on strategic management as well as organization theory (Teece, Pisano and Shuen 1997, Eisenhardt and Martin 2000, Zollo and Winter 2002, Winter 2003) in recent … More Opening Outline of Dynamic Capabilities
Firstly what are Fitness Landscapes? In any competitive situation, the survival of the fittest dominates (Darwinian). Knowing your innovation fitness is essential in this race. The question often raised is where do I focus my limited resource to achieve a better fitness to be successful at innovation? Mapping out your innovation capabilities to the task … More Explaining Fitness Landscapes
All I can share are the result outcomes I would like to achieve from this work with you: Expected results I am seeking out of this work for you will lead too: A framework that moves towards a company-wide development program that gains identification and the target of company-wide improvement of routines and different skills … More The Outcomes Expected from this Work
We do need to understand Dynamics Capabilities and the organizations fitness to innovate. Firm resources are scarce; we still don’t understand the ‘dynamics’ of innovation, the interdependency of the parts, this framework I’m presently working upon sets out to achieve this. Which parts have greater impact, which are not so important? Innovation is still not … More We simply do need to know
My work on dynamic capabilities for innovation Over a period of the last thirty months or so, I have been studying and researching this whole area. I have some hypotheses that need testing but the outcome of this effort to date has got me closer to believing we can achieve greater identification with those distinct … More Identifying your critical innovation capabilities
Each organization needs to know its Innovation Fitness Landscape- why? There is a pressing need for a firm is to consistently build and reconfigure internal and external competencies and capabilities to address rapidly changing environments. It is the mastering of this ability to achieve new, more innovative forms in rapid changing market conditions that will … More Knowing your innovation fitness is critical
“The greater the fitness to innovate will equate to more value creation potential.” I believe we do need to provide a solution to this understanding the innovation challenge by constructing a more comprehensive framework. Part of my present work is to find a working model to achieve this, I’m getting close. It is this critical … More So what are Innovation Fitness Landscapes?
There is a consistent need to keep looking around us; on what is going on, what has happened in the past, what is alongside us, what might be ahead and the people and resources we have available. This is taught to anyone who wants to be well equipped in any mountainous area. We need to … More Act effectively amid uncertainty
A brief overview of critical success factors for innovation to check against. The organization: structure of innovation processes to be explicit by treating innovation as a systematic process and continued ongoing process Keep innovation separate from daily work routine, remove barriers, give accoutability Set ambitious goals and a vision and combine these with small attainable … More An opening CSF for innovation
All organizations talk about innovation and its growing importance but few succeed in actually doing it on a repeatable scale. So what does inhibit innovation? What would drive innovation success? What aspects of innovation are critical to have so innovative growth can be achieved? Where should a company place its emphasis to gain both an … More All organizations talk about innovation, but so what?
Understanding what is needed for innovation- unlocking the mysteries * Innovation organizations tend to be more decentralized, more informal, minimally stratified or layered and more generalist than specialized. * They have cultures that value independent thinking, risk taking and ongoing learning. * They are tolerant of failure and they value diversity. * Open communication is … More The Vital Attributes for an Innovation Organization
There are a number of aspects we can look at initially. This is helping us to shape the journey, to place it in context. It lays out the theory to the journey we are about to undertake.
Knowing what are the critical factors and there dependences for sustaining innovation success is vital to understand so an organization can place the appropriate resources behind them. The question is, which are critical, which naturally occur when others begin to be put into place, which seem to have limited or no real effect on changing … More Our Challenge is the need to build diverse innovation capability
So how do we become innovation fit? Can you imagine standing on top of a mountain, looking out across a vast expanse of nothing but mountains and valleys stretching out before you. If you squint hard enough you can just make out that somewhere in the hazy distance, the end point of your travels, towards … More Moving Up the Path Towards Innovation Fitness