Posts By: John Bessant

Yellowberry

Yellowberry case study  This case describes a start-up in the field of teenage clothing and highlights a number of themes including user-led innovation.

Local Motors

Local Motors Case Study  This case explores a vibrant community of enthusiasts sharing ideas to co-create cars and other vehicles.

High involvement innovation – deep dive

‘With every pair of hands you get a free brain!’   This comment from a manager sums up a big innovation challenge.  how to mobilise the natural creativity within a workforce and engage them in the innovation challenge?  This deep dive explores some of the issues involved. High involvement innovation There is a related tool

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Frugal innovation – activity

Activity: Frugal innovation   This is an approach to innovation which is based on the principle of simplification – finding solutions to a problem which solve the problem but without adding unnecessary costs or adding unwanted functions. A description can be found in the ‘Deep dive’ section of the Portal and some case examples include

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Deep dive: Frugal innovation

Frugal innovation is a term increasingly used to describe an approach to innovation which is simple and sustainable. It grew out of experiences in locations where shortages of key resources required ingenious solutions to problems and where the simplicity of such innovations permits their widespread diffusion.

5 whys

5 whys This simple but powerful tool can help strip away the apparent problem to get through to the root problem which is the one we need to solve.

How to statements

     How to statements     A useful tool in creative problem solving is the ‘how to’ statement which provides a powerful way of reframing the problem. For example, consider the problem of a city council concerned with the amount of graffiti being scrawled on bridges, walls, trains and other surfaces. It regularly receives

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Desso

This case study, researched by Professor Mickey Howard and Dr Sally Jeanrenaud of Exeter University, looks at the innovative approach to its supply chain adopted by the floor coverings company Desso.  It highlights the potential of such innovation and also some of the management challenges involved.

Deming Wheel (PDCA cycle)

  The Deming Wheel (PDCA cycle)   W. Edwards Deming was one of the architects of the quality revolution which transformed the shape of manufacturing and then service industry in the late 20th century. His pioneering work on how quality could be managed as a system originally developed in the USA but it was in

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