I enjoyed a session at the Global Business Partnership Alliance last week, with a group of leading corporates debating what hinders or helps innovation in their cultures. Have a look at the list below and see if any of them ring bells for you. And yes, NESTA was included in the sample! In order of importance:
Interestingly, those internal walls between silos seem to be a key problem – not something I usually consider as I work in corporate open innovation (COI) where the barriers are external. I will make a mental note to see if the models am developing for COI work as well in large companies that just need wiring up better across markets or departments.
For a more complete blog of the event, see Paul Sloane's here (he facilitated).
In the breakout sessions we were asked to generate some novel ways of approaching these problems and I got quite excited about one of our group's ideas; the idea of a
‘Shadow Board’ which would have the same agenda as the main
board and be tasked to comment/challenge/debate decisions like Her Majesty's Opposition. This would encourage openness, new ideas and possibly address problems 1, 3 and 8 above!