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Use this web site to access the best ideas for improving innovation management. What is innovation management?  Real companies. Real practices. 3M (pptx) , P&G, GE, and Deere & Co. in order to better understand how these companies have sustained innovation over decades.  We also provide insight into innovation at companies such as; Google (pptx), HP, DSM,  and Koch Industries.  The research provides a framework for addressing innovation management issues by setting out best practices.There is a special section for those interested in smaller organizations, i.e. SMEs. See the list of companies researched on the home page.

What have we learned from this research?

  1. There is a consistency, a pattern, which emerges from our examination of the policies and management practices of these companies. Innovation is sustained through applying not one, but the right combination of management practices. 
  2. Not all companies embrace the idea of being innovative but if an organization wishes, or needs to be innovative to survive and grow, it is absolutely essential that leadership – the Board and senior management – be leading the effort.
  3. For a company to be innovative, its risk profile is elevated. Better information and measures are needed at senior levels to portray innovation so that the risk level is clear. 
  4. There is a set of tools which can provide help to those organizations wishing to be innovative. 
  5. Stock price performance is not always correlated with being innovative but longevity is.

CIO’s research is open to all who wish to click on a subject of their choice. For some of the research reports we charge a fee but for the most part the information is free. Comments are always welcome.