Searching for innovation opportunities

Competency mapping

Competency mapping is an approach to finding opportunities for innovation by exploring an organization’s distinctive competencies.  What does it know about and how could it use this knowledge to advantage?  

Harvesting knowledge crops activity

This is an activity based on the idea of using core competencies as a source of opportunity for innovation.   Click here for Harvesting knowledge crops activity  

Lynne Maher interview

Lynne Maher, Head of Innovation at the UK National Health Service Institute for Innovation and Improvement talking about experience-based design and other approaches to innovation in the health sector.   A transcript of the interview is here

UK Design Council

The UK Design Council has been actively promoting a design approach to innovation for many years.  On its website there is a rich set of case examples, many with video illustration.

The Maker revolution

New technologies around computer-aided design and manufacturing have finally matured to the point where almost anything you can imagine can be made using technologies like 3-D printing.  In these videos Chris Anderson, of ‘Wired’ magazine, discusses the implications of this new industrial revolution. Video 1 Video 2

Model T Ford

Click here for case study.   And these two videos give some insight into the innovations in both product and process surrounding the Model T Ford. Video 1 Video 2  

Disruptive innovation

In these two videos Professor Clayton Christensen explains his theory of disruptive innovation Extended lecture: Short version:  

Humanitarian innovation

We often use the metaphor of survival when talking about innovation – but there are some situations where this is literally true. In the kinds of crisis condition in which humanitarian agencies operate the need to find novel solutions and implement them quickly is always present – and may be the difference between life and

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Helle-Vibeke Carstensen

Helle-Vibeke Carstensen is responsible for innovation within the Danish Ministry of Taxation and in this video talks about some of the challenges of enabling innovation in the public sector.  There is a transcript of the interview here. More details can be found at: http://www.skm.dk/foreign/ She is also involved with Mindlab, an innovation support agency which

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Michael Bartl

This is a video interview with Michael Bartl of Hyve, a German consultancy which specialises in innovation management.  It explores the use of new approaches to ‘crowdsource’ ideas and identify user needs.  There is a transcript of this interview here.