Recipe for innovation lab success, valid across the firm?

In a recent article in HBR, Simone Bhan Ahuja summarizes his experiences with corporate innovation labs: https://hbr.org/2019/07/why-innovation-labs-fail-and-how-to-ensure-yours-doesnt First a

First ISO 56000 Readiness Test Launched

The new ISO 56002 Guidance on Innovation Management is written with the common High-Level Structure (HLS) of ISO Management System Standards. It enables the integration of different ISO management

PLAYING IT SAFE IS THE MOST DANGEROUS THING YOU CAN DO

Are you safe? Or are you on the edge of irrelevance? Companies disappear all the time without a word, due to changing cultural values, changing technology, or changing audience demographics. People

Capabilities and Leadership Close the Skills Gap in Manufacturing

Global manufacturing executives rank “skilled talent” as their #1 competitive differentiator. When it comes to innovation, building capabilities and applying the right leadership style give top

Case Study: Regional SME Development Project Brings Innovation Lift to Manufacturing Hub

The Situation Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s) play an important role in economies across the world, creating jobs, driving growth and meeting critical needs. And yet, when it comes

The Key to Your Future Is Hiding in Your Company DNA

Business Rescue: Part III   It’s common to define brands by their traits. They appeal to the consumer with certain set of characteristics that roughly correspond to a personality. This

Four Flashing Warning Signs You Can’t Ignore

Business Rescue: Part II Every company is as unique as a strand of DNA, but on the larger scale, it is not as hard as you think to read the signs of a rapidly approaching upheaval. There are four

Average company lifespan has shrunk to 10 years – Don’t be average!

Business Rescue: Part I Everything is an S-Curve. Even you and even your company. Everything that grows and develops over time (Including businesses) follows a predictable pattern: The classic

Fix the Planet’s Results to Be Announced at SAP Next-Gen HQ in NYC

Fix the Planet was launched April 22, and with just weeks left to collect ideas, the momentum is building. We are pleased to announce a new strategic partner in this endeavor, SAP Next-Gen.

Radical Innovation Begins with These 2 Leadership Skills

This month we’re featuring a guest post by Licensed Practitioner Erin “Pink” Mosley. She is president of a rapidly growing consultancy that provides innovation leadership programs and

Fix the Planet – Protect Our Species

“I want you to act as if you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire. Because it is.” --Greta Thunberg, Swedish climate activist and youth leader What are your

How to Awaken Curiosity and Activate Your Inner Anthropologist

This month we’re featuring a guest post by Melbourne-based Licensed Practitioner and Green Belt Greg Collier. Greg’s passion for unleashing the potential of people and cascading that through

Are You Deploying AI Strategically?

Artificial intelligence is on the top of everybody’s agenda, but few companies have a comprehensive strategy in place.  An InfoSys survey found that 86% of organizations have middle- or

InnovationIQ – The Moneyball Approach to Innovation

Innovation. How does a company become great at it? I joined Innovation360 because I believe that the company has really found a good solution for how to actually address that question. At Innovation

Successful Innovators Apply Multiple Leadership Styles Simultaneously

While much has been written on choosing the most promising innovation project and helping it succeed in the market after implementation, one crucial step in the middle hasn’t received enough

HLL Hyreslandslaget AB Best-in-Class Service Innovation Across Europe

Magnus Penker presents Lisa Toresson of HLL with their Innovation IQ, the highest in Europe. When co-founders Borje Toressomand and Sune Törnquist decided to launch their company in 2011 they

Growkomp 2.0: Building Innovation Connectivity Across Regional Business Ecosystems

Successful innovations happen in clusters, with people coming together to break down barriers, share knowledge, and create new systems. A single idea, no matter how powerful, has little hope of

How to Avoid Innovation Blockers and Activate Amplifiers

There is a sweet spot in the market where your organization, and only your organization, can outperform the competition thanks to your unique combination of capabilities. The purpose of Innovation

Innovation Is Not Mad Science, It’s Good Science

One of the most common misconceptions about innovators is that they, like artists of popular imagination, reach their ideas through lightning-strike inspiration. Some people believe that radical

A Structured Cultural Approach Managing Uncertainty

Disruption is the new normal in the global, mobile, digital world. New technologies can be deployed with a swipe of a finger, appearing across billions of devices all over the world, changing market

Pop management consulting is a pop version of itself

In a recent article, CBInsigts writes that the industries that have proven most vulnerable to disruption have been those with 1) one or a few major players, 2)relatively outdated business

A Strong Culture Is Its Own Incentive for Innovation

    Over the years I have seen many attempts at incentive programs for innovation. It’s no secret that they fail most of the time. The question is why. To address the underlying

Innovation by numbers: Lessons to learn from the CIA and Netflix

  Back in 2011, we were wondering how to develop the first hypothesis in the large and very complex assignments we were undertaking. We decided to look at other trades and industries to see

Co-creating volume 3


  Now we start the work co-creating volume 3 of the Complete Guide to business Innovation and you are invited! Contribute

Growkomp project yields a promising model for regional transformation projects

Sweden has a strong manufacturing sector, accounting for 21 percent of the country’s GDP and 77% of Swedish exports. The industry is a job engine, particularly for businesses in the Småland

Unlearning Is the New Learning


To Learn or to Unlearn – that’s the question Take a moment right now to put everything on pause and visualize the person you were a decade ago. You didn’t have a smartphone because they

How SOS Alarm applied a structured process to their hackathon

At the award event that concluded the SOS Alarm hackathon, CEO Maria Khorsand announced that the company would move forward with all five concepts presented instead of just the winning team’s

IL Master Class: Innovation by the Numbers

In Innovation Leaders recent Master Class, “Innovation by the Numbers,” we explored how innovation metrics and analytics could be used to move company strategies forward. The session was

ISO will celebrate the first baseline of the Innovation Management System Standards ISO/TS 50500 and others in Stockholm, May 2019

Last week, March 12-16, ISO/TC 279 held a plenary meeting hosted by British Standards Institute, BSI, in London. During the full week, all working groups continued their hard work with

ISO 56000 Guidelines on Innovation Management: Updates and the Road Ahead

Over the next few years, the ISO will publish a series of standards in Innovation Management under ISO 56000 which will set a baseline for innovation as a science in the professional world. Just

The Constancy of Change and the Path to Continuous Value Creation

  Overly simplified models of the world lead inevitably to inadequate conclusions and unprofitable pursuits. That’s why so many businesses recently have succumbed to disruptive outsiders.

Managing Change Despite Uncertainty

  Even if you know what your customers want now, how do you know what they will want tomorrow? How can business leaders plan for business continuity in the face of a volatile, unpredictable

Innovation by the numbers, the secret source in UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Vision 2021 is one of the most ambitious innovation visions on the planet, aiming for sustainability, health, education, renewable energy and a knowledge-based economy.

Fashion Industry as a circular business model

Young plant growth in lady shoe, recycle concept “I think the biggest innovations of the 21st century will be at the intersection of biology and technology. A new era is beginning.” Steve

Client Case: Green Innovation of the Paper Industry

  At last year’s GADDEN Conference, one of the top career fairs for business, law, logistics and environmental science students in Northern Europe, CellMark connected with 140 young

The EU Sustainability Directive Is Setting a New Global Standard for Business Practices


US innovators and investor are closely watching the drama of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) (Regulation 2016/679/EU), covering corporate responsibility for

Can We End of Poverty in a Decade?

#InnovateForABetterWorld In July of 2017, the UN released its latest update on their progress toward 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The No. 1 goal on that list is “No poverty by

The October Paris-meeting moved the upcoming ISO Standard on Innovation Management Systems one step closer to release!

I recently participated in the ISO/TC 279 meeting in Paris, where the working groups continued to work with their respective parts, moving the standard one step closer to its planned publishing

Does culture eat strategy for breakfast?



Innovations are infinite, even within a finite market. However, not all innovations start with the same chance at a fully productive lifecycle. Innovations that survive are most often

Innovation 360 Group is on the ground in UAE, and Dubai is leading the charge in the pursuit of innovation

  As a force for change behind most industries and a catalyst for development in the public and private sectors, innovation is undoubtedly one of the keys to economic development and

Do you have an Artificial IntellIgence Strategy – or are you JUST pretending TO?

Not long ago one of my clients told me he badly needed “Artificial Intelligence for Dummies.” It was an interesting comment, coming from a highly skilled former senior consultant and

We are going live with Sherlock – The greatest collective innovation mind in history

My friends – Sherlock is live!   The collective deep-learning mind, Sherlock, where data from many thousands of companies in 62 countries, innovation experts in 28 countries and 100

Recommendation engines force organisations to fundamentally rethink

According to Michael Schrage (HBR August 01), the single most important algorithmic distinction between “born digital” enterprises and legacy companies is not their people, data sets or

Artificial Intelligence & Innovation Management for Business Leaders

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war. — Napoleon Bonaparte Not long ago one of my clients, a very skilled former top consultant, now

Strategic goals and design principles for establishing innovation centres

  In many assignments, we see that the client has already established an innovation centre, or may be planning to do so. But often such centres do not deliver on expectations and instead can

Release of The Complete Guide to Business Innovation Volume 1-5

  Today we officially launched the release date of the new book series “The Complete guide to Business Innovation Volume 1-5” and the first volume “How to Assess and Measure Business

Innovation Management Standards ahead!



Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, international standards and innovation capabilities have always been strong drivers and catalysts for human and societal development. International

Choosing the right strategy handling uncertainty


Imagine you ask your management team or your employees to figure out, design and launch something that will replace your current business, and give them a deadline and a budget. Then you will

Decision making in strategic uncertainty

What’s the hardest part of commercialising innovative concepts? Let´s figure it out. First, the Innovation Process consists of four phases; Ideation, Selection, Development, and

The Hypothesis-Based Approach: One Change To Make an Organisation More Innovative

  The business community may remember 2016 as the year when crowdfunding surpassed venture capital in financial support for startups. The unbridled success of crowdfunding platforms such as

Probably the first 360° innovation assessment tool compliant with the upcoming ISO/TC 279 and CEN TS 16555-7

We are very proud to announce that InnoSurvey™ is most likely the first 360° innovation assessment tool compliant with the upcoming Innovation Assessment Standard ISO/TC 279 and CEN TS

Reinnovation of the Major Automotive Players Through Eco Systems, Openness and Platform Design

  When industries seek to totally redefine themselves, as many are doing today or are going to do, three of the most important aspects to consider in this innovation-driven change are

Penker’s reflections on The Drucker Forum 2016

The 8th Drucker Forum was a milestone in many ways. It focused on the core of what will create the GDP of tomorrow and the actions to take – entrepreneurship and innovation. New GDP will not

Connecting the Dots in the New White House Report on AI and Innovation

  In October, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the U.S. president issued a joint report titled “Preparing For The

Four Innovation Paradoxes driving disruption

There are a number of well-documented key drivers for innovation and global disruption, as discussed in this blog. Historically low interest rate; the exponential growth of CPU power, storage and

Augmentation and Client Embedding: The Disruption of the Consultancy Industry


Right on schedule, disruption has come to the world of consulting. While many have seen it coming, only a few consulting firms are prepared to ride this wave of disruption into a new market

Magnus Penker on Innovation

Adapt or die. That’s a summation of the evolutionary theory known as the Red Queen Effect. Under certain environmental conditions, some organisms must remain in a state of continuously adaptation

InnovationIQ – Score your Innovation readiness

Innovation IQ InnovationIQ Score Prepare to regularly revitalise your core value proposition through internal and external innovation. This is more than

The Global Innovation Index

  The Global Innovation Index gathers data from companies and their clients to measure how innovative countries are all over the world. This provides an overview of the business environment

How B2B2C Drives Digitalization and the Innovation of New Business Models

n the 1990’s, chess was often brought in as a useful tool for talking about advanced business concepts. Strategic vision was superimposed on an eight-by-eight block to determine how much time,

Business Innovation Using LEGO Models

You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than you can from a lifetime of conversation – Plato What’s the difference between play and innovation? Both are structured, normally

How Artificial Intelligence Will Drive the Three Innovation Horizons

  For the moment, forget all the high profiled media stories about the danger of artificial intelligence (AI). These arguments are based on what AI might become, not on what it is

Organizing for Simultaneous Innovation Capability – key findings from +1,000 companies, republished from Drucker Forum 2016

  After collecting and studying innovation data from over 1,000 companies in 62 countries, I’m often asked whether Small and Midsize Enterprises (SME) are more innovative and

The digital innovation era calls for new board leadership

  – In todays globalized and digitalized world, Innovation capability is emerging as the most crucial success factor for companies that wants to master sustainable growth and profitability!

Magnus Penker Appointed as Speaker at The Global Drucker Forum, 2016

We at Innovation 360 Group are very proud to announce that Magnus Penker, CEO and one of the founders of our company, has been appointed as a speaker at the most important forum for global

The Wheel of Innovation: Lessons learned from >1,000 companies and 62 countries


  By studying over 1,000 companies in 62 countries and all continents over the past years, we have not only built the largest 360-database with multiple respondents in each company (external

30 SME Grown-Ups signed up for a super-innovation program

On March 10 one of the largest innovation lifts in EU was launched – 30 parallell SMEs Grown-Ups with +2,000 employees in the Swedish “Mittelstand” Småland did sign up to a 3 year journey!

Elon Musk promotes Open Innovation

In a recent interview at the InvestHK event in Hong Kong, January 26, Elon Musk, founder & CEO of Tesla Corporations, stated that -“Tesla Corporation has now open sourced all its patents

The world’s best company to work for

  Today Hey Group release their Global Top 20 companies for leadership, top five at the list was: General Electric Procter & Gamble Intel Corporation Siemens Banco

Enterprise Innovation – by the Numbers!

  Enterprise Innovation – By the Numbers How to Plan and Manage Innovation in Your Organization Introduction: – You still can’t manage what you can’t measure! Enterprise

Davos Innovation Analysis: Will The Fourth Industrial Revolution lead to Households as employers?

The echo form the Davos meeting just begun… To quote Erik Brynjolfsson, Director of the MIT Initiative for the Digital Economy, “The idea that robots will take our jobs is the biggest

Stockholm Innovations for the New Year and Beyond

I missed the Nobel Prize by a smidge. More precisely, (not to mention, much more honestly), I recently had the privilege and opportunity to visit Stockholm, Sweden for Innovation Technology training

The best year in mankind – due to innovation, technology and global leadership!

  We believe in good, we believe things can be fixed, and we believe it need to be done with new methods and leadership than before. You say that there is nothing new under the sun, and

Implement an Innovation Management System in 90 days

  Wanting to add strategy and structure to your innovation initiative without killing it with administration? HBR published an interesting article a year ago

Innovation in all aspects – the Key to Swedish Tech Success

After Silicon Valley, Stockholm produces the highest number of so called “unicorns” per capita. With a population of just one million people Stockholm has given birth over recent years to

3D Printing -”To Disrupt or not to Disrupt?, that is the Question”

  President Obama once said: -“3D printing may very well have the potential to revolutionize the way me make almost everything”! Fine, but I don´t believe it will happen the way

7 lessons to disrupt like a startup!

  We are in a fascinating fast-moving period, with high speed technology diffusion, low interest on financing, globalisation, digitalization and automatisation. The future of many established

Solar disruption

Imagine if we were just to reach a little bit of using the energy from the sun. Energy is among food, water, environment, poverty, space, health and security the eight grand challenges to humanity,

Four disruptive threats to Nordic businesses: And how to meet them through innovating

We are probably in the middle of the biggest disruptive change in the market since industrialization. The market structure, its nature and the key success factors are undergoing a shift where

That’s why we think the new edition of Blue Ocean Strategy is important!

  In todays business climate, with high tempo, hyper competition and shorter product lifecycles, a company´s ability to quickly develop and change it´s business model is of outmost

Why you should care about the Creativity Era

  Being constantly exposed to how we analyze, develop and ultimately help our clients to become and stay successful in the creativity era, where innovation is at the heart, I have

Business Prototyping

  Release the creative forces in your organization, by applying rapid business prototyping techniques on your business development. To do that, Innovation360 offer a unique intersectional

Innovation trends

  Over the last year the key topics within the world of innovations has been impacted by social responsibility and sustainability aspects, which can be seen by analyzing the last 12 months of

Mapping innovation process aspects

  In a world of hyper competition, innovation is imperative to gain competitive advantage. The process of successfully implementing innovation has to begin in the organisations strategy,

Industry 4.0 – disruption or just a logic extension of WWW?

  Industry 4.0 is the name of the German government’s strategy for the fourth industrial revolution. The goal is the creation of smart factories, where all production is connected. The term

Green Innovation – wash or reality?

  It is a lot of buzz about green innovations and much talk about potential green washing. And we have seen it all before with pink washing and white washing. To understand whether green

Talking about Omni-Channel Challenges

This Wednesday we had a breakfast seminar about innovation in retail, focusing on the next step of Omni-Channel. Among the guests were representatives from leading fashion brands, food companies,

Robots in Retail

We held a breakfast seminar on Omni-Channel 2.0 this Wednesday May 13th at our Stockholm Office. Read Saras’ post on it here. I spoke on how digitalization and automation can come to revolutionize

Current trends in healthcare

  With twenty percent of the population generating eighty percent of healthcare cost, and a growing number of elderly people, public healthcare face an enormous challenge. This happens in

Omni Channel 2.0 – The innovation of Retail Business Models

  Due to radical and partly unpredicted change in consumer behaviour, the retail and FMCG industry is going through a change that is both potentially highly rewarding yet also potentially

Artificial Intelligence –Threat or Possibility?

  As last blog post ended, I am going to dig a bit deeper into the incredible speed at which the world is learning right now and how it is learning. For every day, a smaller fraction of

Pay to be deceived?

  On weekdays we stick to digital editions of the morning papers but come weekends we splurge in paper, subscribing to the two largest newspapers in Sweden. Every now and then we try to

Lady Gaga takes innovation to avant-garde levels

  How offers become almost impossible to copy WHAT ARE YOU SELLING? By understanding what you are actually selling, you can find your unique abilities and become sustainably

Leader in coming week´s Innovation Special Report published in the Swedish Business magazine Dagens Industri

  What´s happening now will have a greater impact on us than the innovation of the railway! When I talk about the ongoing globalization I talk about it as a series of waves, and right now,

Will VR disrupt Reality?

  David Roberts, former Special Agent and Singularity University faculty member, made an interesting example of possible disruption, when comparing the steady, linear improvement of how we