Do you have an open innovation strategy?

In today’s business environment, where startups play an increasingly important role and disruptions come from unexpected corners of the business arena, embracing external sources of knowledge as part of an open innovation strategy becomes crucial!

Rotterdam School of Management launches a new programme focused on implementing such an open innovation strategy with a particular focus on the role of startups. What is the role of startups in today’s business environment and how can corporates and startups effectively cooperate? During this intensive two-day RSM Executive Education programme, you will discover the latest academic perspectives of corporate venturing and its role in the corporate innovation process. Building on company cases and your own experience, you will learn best practices from experts, and exchange knowledge and experience with your peers.

More info can be found here.

FEI open innovation 2014

FEI Open InnovationPrint

Open Innovation as an Enabler to Inclusivity, Frugality and Agility

May 13-15, 2014 | Boston, MA


Featuring Unilever, Singularity University, Clorox, Roche, General Mills, Pfizer, Pitney Bowes, and more

Open is a foundational concept– it’s not new, and it’s not going away. How to strategically use and ADAPT open is where real innovation is happening and new ideas can be shared. FEI: OPEN focuses on the next generation of open innovation uses- deploying open innovation to innovate faster, better, and cheaper. The event covers three core tenants, OPEN as an enabler to inclusivity (changing the mindset to be even more inclusive), frugality (doing more with less, also known as Jugaad innovation.. innovation with constraints), and agility (accomplishing even more in even less time).

Special rate for subscribers: Register with code FEI14OPEN & save 20% off the standard rates.

Breakthrough Innovation 2012

Breakthrough Innovation 2012

Gallery Hotel, Barcelona, 14 & 15 March 2012

Now in its fourth year, Breakthrough Innovation 2012 will once again bring together leading experts from the world’s most innovative companies to share best practice tips and discuss the latest trends and developments.

The conference will feature a variety of sessions designed to maximise social interaction and knowledge exchange, including brainstorming sessions, talking circles, panel debates and keynote case studies.  There will also be plenty of time to discuss the content with your peers during our networking breaks.

Last year’s event attracted over 100 attendees from FT500 companies and from as far away as Brazil & Canada.  We are expecting 2012’s Breakthrough Innovation conference to be as popular as ever! readers can benefit from a 10% discount off the registration fee by using the discount code BI12-06 on the registration form.

More information can be found here.

Sports & Open Innovation?

Open innovation: A well-known practice for the fans of football club FC Murcielagos in Mexico, where important decision are being made by the DT-Electronico (Electronic coach). Whenever important decisions are being made, supporters are invited to take part in the decision making process by voting through the web or test messages. Not a bad idea, since apparently the team is playing its best season ever (cf. A Bite Of).

Typical decisions to be made by fans include the line-up of the team, forcing the first substitution or who is being substituted by whom, and which player should be awarded a bonus for his performance during the match. An interesting approach given the current results.

However, this approach also raises a number of questions. Are these supporters indeed better managers, or are there other factors that should be taken into account? Could such a model be applied in other sports too? And.. what about more substantial issues, such as the transfer of players, or how much the club should offer to attract certain players? After all, deciding about the ‘man of the match’ is a decision far different from running the club as a whole, and the question arises as to what extent should one involve supporters and where should one draw the line?