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Innovation Champions and Networks Survey Results,
March 19, 2007

A full presentation of the survey results can be downloaded here (472k pdf).

This report is a summary review of the results of the Innovation Champions and Networks Survey, conducted by InnovationLabs in February 2007.

The purpose of the survey was to explore the role of innovation champions and networks in organizations.

"Innovation Champions" are individuals and/or teams of people who promote, encourage, prod, support, and drive innovation in their organizations. They may be in senior management positions, line management, staff, or operations roles. They may work in an ad-hoc manner, or in a highly structured program such as a Game Changer system.

"Innovation Networks" are self-organizing, ad-hoc teams of people who work together as required on innovation projects in their organizations.

The survey offers one key insight that stands out far above everything else, an insight that really emphasizes the human dimension of innovation.

Innovating, after all, means thinking - looking for insights; looking for inspirations; looking for unknown and unmet needs; looking, finally, for ideas! Since all companies are now engaged in the same quest, real, true, penetrating insights are rare and valuable, and good or great ideas even rarer.

Innovation champions are those people who, by their own choice or by “official” designation, are empowered (and in many cases, compelled by their own personalities and aspirations) to look for such insights and ideas.

 


 

Innovation Practices Survey Results
January 12, 2007

A full presentation of results from this survey can be downloaded here (620k pdf).

In November/December 2006 InnovationLabs conducted a survey based on the book Permanent Innovation.

The survey consisted of 17 questions pertaining to innovation practices and results
in companies. The broad context for the questions was derived from the book,
Permanent Innovation.

Key Insights & Observations addressed the following themes:

1. A Broad Range of Responses
2. How Do You Grade Yourself?
3. Lots of Room for Improvement
4. Measurement of Innovation Lags
5. Formal or Ad-hoc?
6. The Linkage between Strategy and Innovation Needs to be Stronger
7. Risk
8. The Two Biggest Obstacles
9. The Information You Want

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