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Issue 2, 2013

The Creativity Era – a new paradigm for business

The Creativity Era – a new paradigm for business

Eric Kirstetter, Rick Eagar, Michaël Kolk, Daniel Roos

The new economic environment combines hypercompetition, faster product lifecycles and more empowered consumers to change the rules of the game for companies wanting to succeed. To meet these ...

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Capability Roadmapping – developing the means to an end

Capability Roadmapping – developing the means to an end

Rick Eagar, Daniel Roos, Michaël Kolk

Technology roadmaps can be a powerful tool to align research and technology development activities with business aims. However, they are not so helpful when it comes to defining exactly how the ...

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Assessing innovation and R&D capabilities across multi-center organizations

Assessing innovation and R&D capabilities across multi-center organizations

Katia Valtorta, Ben Thuriaux-Alemán, Salman Ali

Over the last decades most global companies have evolved to organize their innovation efforts through an “open innovation” model with individual research centers. Globalization and mergers & ...

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Taming the wild data harvest

Taming the wild data harvest

Hariprasad Pichai, Dr Sai Prakash Iyer, Thomas Kuruvilla

Each and every day vast amounts of data are being created and collected by companies around the globe. In many cases users are being asked to sign up for more invasive user agreements allowing ...

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Opportunities and challenges for global deepwater players

Opportunities and challenges for global deepwater players

Rodolfo Guzman, Paola Carvajal, Ben Thuriaux-Alemán

The pace of deepwater drilling has increased by 40 % over the last three years. While technology is a key enabler for deepwater development, players still face many critical challenges and decisions ...

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The future of energy utilities

The future of energy utilities

Nick White, Kirsty Ingham, Dr Matthias von Bechtolsheim, Michael Haischer, Dr Robin Francis

European utilities face a myriad of challenges. Companies in the sector are at a crossroads – they need to reengineer business models that worked well for more than 50 years if they want both to ...

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“Innovative people need room to breathe”

“Innovative people need room to breathe”

An interview with Dr Severin Schwan, CEO Roche.

How Roche addresses innovation and new drug launches.

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Issue 1, 2013

Innovativeness requires a climate of trust

Innovativeness requires a climate of trust

Tom Sommerlatte, Wilhelm Lerner

There is often a mismatch between the intellectually best solution that emerges through innovation and the implementation of that solution. This gap can be attributed largely to the human factor, ...

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Quality Management reloaded

Quality Management reloaded

Tom Becker, Veit Bütterlin, Carsten Kahner

Consumers around the globe today demand the highest quality in all aspects of a product. It is no longer enough to focus on assuring that products and services meet their specified requirements. ...

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Agile safety – how to transform safety assurance

Agile safety – how to transform safety assurance

James Catmur, Axel Kappeler, John Barker, Charles Boulton

Many companies are moving towards agile concepts as a way to improve efficiency, effectiveness and responsiveness to change. However, this can present difficulties in safety and risk-related areas. ...

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Getting a better return on your innovation investment

Getting a better return on your innovation investment

Ben Thuriaux-Alemán, Anders Johansson, Rick Eagar

Most executives need no convincing that investing in innovation is a good thing, but there is little empirical evidence about what really works in terms of managing the process. Arthur D. Little’s ...

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Why product lifecycle management should be on every executive’s agenda!

Why product lifecycle management should be on every executive’s agenda!

Anders Johansson, Sohrab Kazemahvazi, Björn Henriksson, Mikael Johnsson

Product lifecycle management (PLM) initiatives often miss their true potential and make projects unnecessarily costly. Not understanding how to optimize these investments can have long-term effects ...

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U-channel retail – Transformation of the retail function toward a new model that is ubiquitous, universal and unique

U-channel retail – Transformation of the retail function toward a new model that is ubiquitous, universal and unique

François-Joseph Van Audenhove, Dirk Luyten, Rémi Sapin, Michael Opitz

The retail landscape has changed tremendously in recent years, but new business models are still emerging as new customer needs and technological solutions arise, transforming the landscape even ...

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"The risk of doing nothing is bigger than the risk of change"

Mobily is experiencing tremendous growth in revenues and net profit year over year. Nevertheless the company heads for new strategic goals and new business areas. We spoke to the CEO about his plan.

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