Do You Really Need an Internal Innovation Unit?

Do You Really Need an Internal Innovation Unit?Do companies really need internal innovation units in times where industry after industry has begun embracing open or external innovation?

The question was triggered by comments made to a couple of my recent blog posts. It did not take much reflection. Of course, we need internal innovation units as they deliver value by themselves and since they hold key future roles as facilitators and integrators of internal and external contributions.

A quick note on this is that companies need to establish systems and processes that allow and judge internal and external innovation opportunities on equal terms.

So yes, we do need internal innovation units, but it is fair to question what they should look like and what functions they should perform. Things are changing fast on the outside and this need to be reflected on the inside organization and structure as well.

What are your views on this?

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  1. Paul Hobcraft on May 6, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I am at a loss at what real value this is bringing to any debate on innovation units

  2. Stefan Lindegaard on May 6, 2011 at 8:54 am

    “So yes, we do need internal innovation units, but it is fair to question what they should look like and what functions they should perform. Things are changing fast on the outside and this need to be reflected on the inside organization and structure as well.”

  3. Nicolas Bry on May 7, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Innovation unit like connect & develop team at P&G seem highly valuable, looking for external know-how and facilitating synchronization with the inside. I like also when innovation unit is connected to business growth in a same mission statement. I think also of innovation units making internal know-how valuabble in the outside market.
    Another question might be: in this time of cooperative innvation, do we need to adapt the staffing of internal R&D, do we need different skills to develop R&D in this open environment?
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