The NB Innovation Strategy

By Eric van Niekerk – Research Lead, Innocentrix The importance of an innovation strategy All planned innovation activities within an organisation should begin with the strategic goals of the company in mind. Without a firm, strategic backbone, innovation can be anything from difficult to impossible. The development of an innovation strategy is one of the [...]

Taking the first steps to quality innovation

By Eric van Niekerk – Research Lead, Innocentrix When the brief is to build a house, the vision of the outcome is quite clear: build a large structure with a few walls and a roof and probably some doors and windows. When asked to innovate though, the final outcome is almost completely undefined, since innovation [...]

Making Innovation Investment Count

By Henra Mayer & Eric van Niekerk – Innocentrix Innovation in the organisational environment will only be sustainable if it is focused on a systematic, result driven approach. A results driven approach implies an ability to measure innovation outcomes and showing impact. Many organisations kick-off an innovation programme hastily - something must be done - [...]

Navigating your Business Ecosystem

By Eric van Niekerk, Research Lead, Innocentrix One of the biggest trends of the 21st century has been the emergence of social media. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and a host of similar sites and apps took our social lives by storm. Our current social ecosystems are often engaged through the use of these online connection systems, [...]

Investigating South Africa’s Innovation Landscape

Organisations the world over are thinking about new ways to remain relevant and ensure future success. For many, building an internal innovation capability forms an integral part of a strategy for future growth. Business trends further suggests that amongst other things, the organisation’s ability to collaborate with various stakeholders across its value chain will become [...]

The power of technology and its importance in making innovation happen

By Eric van Niekerk, Research Lead, Innocentrix The power of disruptive innovation is being embraced all over the world in response to an increasingly competitive and dynamic market place. Harnessing sustainable innovation success however, can be a challenging process. Sustainable innovation rarely happens in isolation, barring the necessity for, amongst other things, adequate resourcing, funding [...]

What is Business Storytelling?

By Nicky Clarke, SharpCloud Simply put, storytelling is the delivery of information in an engaging, entertaining and interesting way. At its most basic it is the delivery of an idea from one person to another. Stories are part of our everyday lives. From talking about our days to the news to TV, radio and the [...]