The business world is never at a loss for creating new departments and job titles, which is why between 2006 and 2015 the job title “Chief Innovation Officer” increased in prevalence by 500% according to a ZipRecruiter analysis. These CIOs often come into an organization to lead innovation departments which are charged with making an organization “more innovative.” But as with any emerging discipline, the roadmap for achieving this goal is sometimes unclear.

When researching innovation in the manufacturing and energy sector, I found some curious results. I’d find out that “75% of private sector Research and Development in the US is performed by manufacturers.” But then in another article, I’d find “42% of middle market industrial companies don’t have a formal idea selection process.” This discrepancy, however incongruous, is not uncommon….

IdeaScale hosted our annual customer conference, Open Nation, last week and it was chock full of learning and leadership, but one of the most persistent lessons throughout the two days of content was how much of a difference it makes to one’s innovation program if there is leadership buy-in. Here are just a few of the ways that leadership buy-in made an impact on these innovation programs….

Employee feedback, customers suggestions, new ideas – it’s great to be gathering such a rich source of data, but what are you supposed to do with all of that information once you have it?
In the idea management space, most of this type of feedback progresses through a funnel where the feedback is prioritized for some sort of action to be taken on it.

Companies that want to remain competitive are making innovation one of their guiding principles. They want to be able to be pioneers and trendsetters, but also still deliver great bottom line results. It’s not uncommon for company leadership to talk about innovation as a foundational principle for their company.
But how do you know that these values are embedded and experienced by everyone at an enterprise-size organization? You might want to conduct an innovation assessment to find out if those values are adopted or just lip service.

Everyone agrees that market research (and all other forms of research) have evolved rapidly and irreversibly over the past decades. Students, journalists, and consultants no longer have to make their way to the library to page their way through a series of microfiche on wobbly blue screens. Those scenes in movies have become delightfully dated.
So what are the biggest changes to modern research?
Retrieval of Information is Easier
We’ve eliminated many of the sweat barriers associated with research….