The problems which eventually dragged a famous technological innovator down into Chapter 11 bankruptcy are well-described in this presentation by Christian Sandstrom of Chalmers University. It is a good case because it highlights the deep difficulties involved – this wasn’t simply a matter of blindly missing the technological point but a much more challenging issue
This case study looks at 3M and how it manages innovation. Click to view case study. 3M
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
Professor Michelle Lowe (Southampton University)has been making an extensive longitudinal study of the entry of the UK retailer, Tesco, into the US market. This involved significant innovation along a number of dimensions including opening up new market positions, developing supply chains and rethinking the product/service offering. Her case study ‘Tesco Fresh and easy’ is also
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.
Click to view case study: Crisis Driven Innovation There is also a video interview with John Bessant on this topic – click here
Roy Sandbach works as a Research Fellow in Procter and Gamble. This interview looks at P&G’s approach to ‘open innovation’ – ‘Connect and develop’ – and how it plays out within the organization. Roy gives a variety of examples and highlights some of the key challenges facing a large organization in this new innovation landscape.
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‘Minimonos’ is an online game aimed at children which currently has around 250,000 players and is growing fast. (www.minimonos.com) It has a particular focus on sustainability and is a great illustration of the innovation space opening up in this area. In this video interview the company’s founder (and Alpha-Monkey!) Melissa Clark-Reynolds gives some great insights
This is an interview with Suzana Moreira of Mowoza.com Originally set up as a way of connecting migrant workers with their families back home and allowing cash transfers to support purchase of food, books and other needs, the business has developed into a a simple-to-use mobile commerce service; conveniently and efficiently giving informal cross-border traders instant access