Category: Transformation

Innovation Conversations – Julian Birkinshaw, Professor, London Business School

Innovation Conversation - Julian Birkinshaw, London Business School

Julian Birkinshaw is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. His particular field of interest is the challenges for large companies who want to work in more innovative and agile ways, which is a topic that comes up time and again in my work with Solverboard customers as well as in all the… Read more »

Innovation Conversations  — Nicola Millson, Innovation Consultant

Innovation Conversation - Nicola Millson

Talking to Nicola was a pleasure as it brought up a topic I hadn’t thought about for a while — system change and system design. I wrote about systems, particularly human systems, a while ago and have always been fascinated by how they grow and develop. Nicola’s thoughts on the subject were a really interesting insight. It… Read more »

Innovation Conversations – Julie Dodd, Parkinson’s UK

Hand holding phone showing staircases - Innovation Conversation with Julie Dodd of Parkinson's UK

Talking to Julie was inspiring — not just because Parkinson’s UK is an example of an organisation working with CAST to bring about a huge change in the way it helps people with the condition, but also because of her work on The New Reality: her research project on how digital technology can have significant social impact… Read more »

Innovation Conversations – Michelle Hawkins, Virgin Care

This was a great conversation — I met Michelle by chance at an event hosted by the lovely people at Boundless (ask them about their Discovery sessions, they’re brilliant), and got talking about innovation straight away. I love the story of how Michelle came to her current role with Virgin Care, and her interest in happiness as… Read more »

How to make a success of innovation in your organisation

Please note: in February 2018 Solverboard for Business became Solverboard Work, and Solverboard Open became Solverboard World. Find out more about these changes here. While we’d love to think that all you need to get innovation projects up and running in your organisation is to start using Solverboard, we know that it’s a bit more… Read more »

Innovation Conversations – Simon Jones, Head of Innovation, Team Sky

This is a side project of mine, running a series of interviews with interesting and unusual people working in innovation – Innovation Conversations.Solverboard has recently started supporting this project, and the latest conversation in the series was with Simon Jones, the Head of Innovation at Team Sky. See below for the beginning of the interview,… Read more »

Why Marlon Brando is a clue to workplace creativity

I’ve been interviewing innovation professionals over the last few months for a series of articles I’m calling ‘Innovation Conversations’, and one thing they all agree on is that anyone can be a creative thinker. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what job you do, or whether you’re an extravert or an intravert, you are capable… Read more »

Adapt to the market, or shape it?

An interesting piece by Greg Satell on Harvard Business Review this week, arguing that what ensures companies’ survival isn’t being able to adapt to changing market conditions, but actually shaping those changes in the market through preparation and investment. He gives the example of Microsoft, which has not been eradicated by its failure to adapt… Read more »

Barack Obama – a man who knows his tech

A short post this week as we’re really busy working on some exciting developments here at Solverboard: Solverboard Social, our sponsorship of Social Media Week South West, and lots more. So we’re just going to point you to a great interview with Barack Obama, MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito, and Scott Dadich from WIRED…. Read more »

“Business models by their very nature are designed not to change”

Business model innovation, with its potential to disrupt entire industries, is currently being actively pursued by companies large and small. But how easy is it really to achieve? A recent study suggests that in fact, business models become more fixed as they evolve, with only certain types of innovation being possible at each stage. Furthermore,… Read more »

Using open innovation to improve seed analytics

A really interesting case study this week from Swiss agrochemical and seed company Syngenta, who needed to find more efficient ways of identifying desirable plants and make optimal use of resources. The case study is published on the MIT Sloan website (you have to supply your details to download).Syngenta used two different crowdsourcing platforms to… Read more »

The Future Is Crowdsourcing

This article was first published in the July/August 2014 international edition of Accounting and Business magazine, and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the editor. More than half the manufacturers of consumer goods will achieve 75% of their consumer innovation and research and development (R&D) capabilities via crowdsourcing within three years. That, at least,… Read more »