Posts By: John Bessant

Architectural and component innovation

 Innovations can be ‘architectural’ – changes in the ways different things are put together into a whole system.  Examples might be a motor car, a mobile phone business, a hospital.  And innovations can also be at the ‘component’ level – the parts which go into those systems – for example, the engine, brakes, fuel tank,

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Paper aeroplane exercise

The paper aeroplane exercise is a simple group activity which helps explore some of the core topics in innovation strategy.

VeryPC case study

This case looks at the lessons learned by a small IT start-up company and the subsequent improvements it made to its approach to managing innovation. Alexander_Case1   It forms part of a series of cases studies developed in research for the Peter Pribilla Foundation.

Learning from failure

One of the challenges in innovation management is how to deal with failure.  Innovation is, by its nature, a risky business so it is inevitable that things will go wrong.  And as long as the same mistakes aren’t repeated failure can be seen as a valuable source of learning.  Allen Alexander (University of Exeter) and

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Joseph Schumpeter

This brief note looks at the contribution to our understanding of innovation made by the great Austrian economist Schumpeter note

High value innovation networks

This report explores the role which innovation networks play in boosting productivity across a sector.  It forms part of a series on innovation-related themes available from AIM – the Advanced Institute of Management Research. Click here to access the resource:iworks

Search strategies for peripheral vision

This report looks at how a variety of companies and public sector organizations are exploring at the edges of their environment.  It describes experiences with a wide range of search strategies to help identify and anticipate discontinuous innovation. Click here to access the report: Twelve searchstrategies

Instituto Nokia de Tecnologia (INdT), Brazil

This case looks at the work of an independent research centre in Brazil, originally founded by Nokia and still providing an important channel for new ideas for the company.  It has developed a strong focus on user-linked innovation and operates a Living Lab as a co-creation facility exploring innovation needs for the Amazonas region.  Click

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