Levels of abstraction

Levels of abstraction This is a tool to help identify new insights and solutions by searching for analagous problems in other fields. See also analogies, DOME project, cause and effect diagram, and frequency chart

Value curves

Value curves 1  This is a useful tool to help explore innovation opportunities in developing new products or services.

DOME – Designing out medical error

DOME final version  This case describes a project to improve patient safety through learning from other sectors and offers some interesting insights into the idea of recombinant innovation.

Process mapping

This is a tool to help identify opportunities for process innovation. Process mapping

David Overton, Ordnance Survey

This audio interview discusses some of the issues around developing an open innovation strategy in a large public sector organization in the UK.   You can find a transcript of the interview here.

Self-test quizzes

These are some quick interactive self-test quizzes covering various themes. Introduction to innovation Social innovation and entrepreneurship Globalization Building innovative organizations Sources of innovation Discontinuous innovation Searching for opportunities Innovation networks Developing new products and services Starting new ventures Knowledge and intellectual property Creating value and growing ventures Learning to manage innovation      

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Intelligent design

This is a report exploring the ways in which design thinking can contribute to effective innovation. AIM Executive Briefing Intelligent Design