Innovation technology – what’s out there?

By Eric van Niekerk, Research Lead, Innocentrix Earlier in the Innovation Series, we discussed the importance of innovation technology. The article highlighted how organisations that employ the use of innovation technologies often financially out-perform their competitors who do not. What then are some of the technologies available? A variety of options Digital innovation management platforms [...]

The use of innovation challenges for better results

By Eric van Niekerk – Research Lead, Innocentrix Innovation has a near infinite scope of possibilities and outcomes, if no direction is given to innovation, there can be little control over the outcome. In order to run a successful innovation drive, innovation needs to be the enabler of the organisation’s strategic goals. That is the [...]

Overcoming innovation obstacles

By Eric van Niekerk. Despite innovation’s success in the business realm, with specific innovation strategies rocketing companies like Tesla, Unilever, Netflix and Amazon into the global spotlight, the term is often met with scepticism. With less than 50% of South Africa’s top companies sporting a dedicated innovation department, it seems that local organisation have not [...]

Open Innovation – the power of the crowd

By Eric van Niekerk – Research Lead, Innocentrix The invention and widespread use of the internet as a communication and networking tool has had a serious impact on how we go about our daily lives. The ability to be constantly connected, to have access to vast amounts of knowledge, and to be directly linked to [...]

2016-03-08T14:16:11+00:00 August 21st, 2015|Innovation How To... Series|

Corporate Entrepreneurship and the Power of the Employee – Part 3

By Eric van Niekerk, Innocentrix Research Lead Previously we discussed what employee innovation is, and gave some tips on how to successfully implement an employee innovation drive within an organisation. This article will look at how to reward employees for innovative behaviour. Rewarding innovative employees Any organisation aiming to build a culture of innovation will [...]

Corporate Entrepreneurship and the Power of the Employee – Part 2

Eric van Niekerk – Research Lead, Innocentrix In Part 1, we had a look at Employee Innovation – what it is, and why it is beneficial to large organisations. We also touched on some examples from Google and Adobe. As promised, in this article we will discuss how to actually get your employees innovating. Which [...]

Corporate Entrepreneurship and the Power of the Employee – Part 1

By Eric van Niekerk – Research Lead, Innocentrix The innovative employee Innovation is often seen as ‘thinking outside of the box’, where a more accurate metaphor may be ‘expanding the box’. Innovations do not have to be brand-new, radical ideas that forever change the way we do business. An innovative idea may be a small [...]

How to maintain innovation longevity

Lets step away from the present and into the future to answer an important question: How do I keep innovation alive once it’s established? Quality over quantity An analysis from Accenture shows that how organisations innovate is indicative of their innovation success. According to their analysis, almost 50% of R&D investment is wasted due to [...]

2017-04-19T16:29:38+00:00 July 21st, 2015|Innovation How To... Series|

Innovation Teams – what you need to know

By Eric van Niekerk, Research Lead, Innocentrix Successful innovation does not only require a strong leader, it requires a strong team. Often various teams are working on different lifecycles of the potential innovation. This spans from gathering additional insights and research, building business cases and experimenting, through to piloting and implementation. The innovation team is [...]

The Leader leading Innovation

By Eric van Niekerk, Research Lead, Innocentrix A recent investigation into innovation in the South African context showed that, amongst South Africa’s top companies, “Leadership and Ambition” is one of the greatest local, innovation-aligned strengths. According to Vodacom’s Executive Head for Innovation, Jannie van Zyl, having buy-in from company leaders is key to innovation success. [...]