Innovation Inspiration : Game-changing innovation

29 Feb 2012|Added Value

In the wake of the global economic crisis, corporations are discovering a world that has changed fundamentally from the one they used to flourish in. The new who, what, when, where, why and how of consumers, competition and markets means that the innovation environment has evolved…again.

The challenge of succeeding in emerging markets
With growth in traditional markets increasingly difficult, many companies know that they have to re-assess their strategies, but feel that the window of opportunity in emerging markets is rapidly closing. Where to start: in which countries, with which products and services, targeted at which consumers?
Seizing Opportunities in High-Growth Markets

China is starting to innovate
Innovation has traditionally been a weak spot for China, but indicators suggest that the times are changing: their global share of patents has doubled since 2005; and their world-leading role in green tech. In the first article below, McKinsey identifies 4 priorities for innovators in China: deeply understand Chinese consumers; retain local talent; instill a culture of risk-taking; and promote collaboration. The second article provides snapshots of Chinese innovation from three industry sectors and includes interviews with the MD of GM China and the Head of R&D for Astra Zeneca in Asia & Emerging Markets.

How China Innovates:
A CEO’s guide to innovation in China

3 snapshots of Chinese innovation

Aligning capability with the new playing field
The imperative to be constantly responding to the ever-changing demands of the external operating environment has become ever more acute in these turbulent times. However, Booz & Co claims that internal factors provide the key to successful change: from sector tablestakes to differentiating capabilities, what are the specific game-plays for each of 12 industries?
Winning Moves for 12 Industries

Learning to live with chaos
A brief article from the Design Management Institute on how the over-processing of innovation in corporations has made innovation poorer. By accepting complexity – and the apparent chaos it implies – we’re more likely to create truly disruptive innovation.
Relearning to Innovate

Sustainability is core
As Sustainability shifts from periphery to the mainstream, the question most organizations are grappling with is how to hardwire it into their business and find the balance between short- and long-term considerations.
Sustainability is Every CEO’s Business

Today’s game-changers
And the Fast Company winner is…Amazon? Twitter? Square? Chipotle? Jawbone? Find out here.
The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies

Targeting Facebook users
A user-friendly guide to the types of people who inhabit Planet Facebook and how to attract them: from Resistors to Lurkers, App-timists to Over-sharers…
The 15 Faces of Facebook…and What to Sell Them

3-D printers are coming
In his recent TED* talk, Klaus Stadlmann demos his tiny 3-D printer that opens the way to affordable consumer products.
The World’s Smallest 3-D Printer

On a final note, Added Value’s first webinar of the year will focus on mobility trends. Read more about it here.
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If you’d like to discuss how Added Value can help you identify and create paths to future growth, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Written by Jonathan Hall, Managing Director, Cheskin Added Value.

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