Under Ideas we present a range of ‘thought starters’ for improving the management of innovation. Don’t forget to look under “Ideas by Factor’ for specific actions to be taken.

New Series; Thinking about each Factor separately or together

F#1; Thinking about achieving short versus long term profits.

F#7 and F#14; Thinking about rewards and recognition for innovation.

F#11 and F#18; Thinking about delegation and decentralization.

F#4 and F#23; Thinking about searching for ideas.

F#3, F#5, F#8 and F#9; Thinking about the ‘tolerances’.

All F#s; overall results and interpretation.

Ideas by Factor, where we provide a number of ideas for addressing problems associated with each of the 25 Factors. Practical ideas which you can put to work to close the gap between ‘Your Ideal’ environment for innovation and ‘Your Reality’. Ideas by Factor.

Tools – a step by step approach for improving innovation. Tools – Six steps.

Worksheets, which provide a convenient way to note your own corporate environment and compare it to a highly innovative company. Worksheets.

A picture of the relationship of various contributors to innovation is presented. The picture portrays the fact that there is not one policy or management practice which, by itself, can be expected to improve innovation. The Maize.

Useful links

Is innovation management or innovation programmable? You decide.  Steve Johnson’s’ The playful wonderland behind great inventions’.

SAP have an ‘Innovation Management Framework’ and a self-evaluation protocol which can be helpful.

MICROSOFT has a framework; Microsoft Framework.

Innovation tools; idea management software.

How to become an innovative company. 130 pages on virtually all aspects of innovation management and strategy. Published by the Government of Catalonia.

A.T.KEARNEY shares some research; A.T. Kearney.

Are you up for a course in innovation management? MIT Open Course Ware.

Conference Board of Canada. Index of corporate innovation. Another approach to quantification.

Capgemini have a focus on innovation management; Capgemini’s Co-Innovation Labs.

From the Stanford University Entrepreneurial Corner, Astro Teller provides his insight on how to encourage innovation and the usefullness, or not, of OKRs. Systematize Innovation. You may not agree with all he says!