Open Innovation

Experimenting 100 innovative solutions over 20 countries in Africa

By Nicolas Bry / August 18, 2020 /

Experimenting 100 innovative solutions over 20 countries in Africa twice a year: that’s the process we describe in this compelling interview with David L. Ross, Innovation teacher at Carnegie Mellon University, about corporate open innovation in Africa, initially published in Disrupt Africa. David Ross teaches innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment at Carnegie Mellon University Africa, and…

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Innovation is a Lifestyle, Not a Bunch of Metrics

By Adam Malofsky / November 21, 2019 /

Far too many supposed innovation experts believe that measuring activities is critical to success. Maybe. Maybe not so much. At least for the big stuff. Innovation activities simply for the sake of doing something without context and insight from the measure may be in fact very misleading. Persistent growth, profit, ROI and NPV are the obvious measures,…

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Dare to Think Differently

By Janet Sernack / November 19, 2019 /

As many of my colleagues are aware, I am at heart, a maverick, an unorthodox or independent-minded person. Who is curious and inquisitive, and finds change and challenging the status quo exciting, fascinating and stimulating. I am also, considered, by some, as a misfit, someone whose behaviours and attitudes sets them apart from others in…

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Open Innovation at Bouygues – Innovating Across Business Units

By Nicolas Bry / August 12, 2019 /

Vincent Maret is corporate director Open Innovation at Bouygues Corp. His goal is to drive competitiveness through innovation, leveraging agile methods, fostering open innovation programs, and supporting Bouygues business units in their transformation. Vincent has an extensive experience in marketing, strategy, innovation, project management, telecom and information technologies; as Marketing Manager; deputy R&D director with…

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The interplay between innovation, creativity, and consciousness

By Janet Sernack / August 7, 2019 /

Innovation consulting can be a lonely place for a woman to play, especially in a conventional, male-oriented, and competitive marketplace like Melbourne is today. Making networking a key way of enhancing my intellectual, emotional and social capital, consciousness and creativity.  Involving going out of my way to meet people with different business and life experiences,…

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The Three Musketeers of Innovation at Cdiscount

By Nicolas Bry / July 9, 2019 /

Jerôme Fauquembergue, Damien Tourrette, and Bastien Giner are the 3 musketeers I talked with, to understand the blossoming innovation of Cdiscount, the French leader for e-commerce, and subsidiary of Casino retail group. They’ve shared some fruitful insights on how innovation unfolds at Cdiscount over intrapreneurship, and cooperation with startups. Innovation scope at CDiscount Innovation at…

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Sky is the Limit: Intrapreneurship at Air France

By Nicolas Bry / June 26, 2019 /

Marine Gall is VP Innovation & Intrapreneurship Programs at Air France, working on innovation, business synergies, transformation, change management, and customer centric items. She kindly accepted to tell us more about the intrapreneurship program which is now starting its season 2, “Boosting the future”, and has just selected 6 laureates for its 2019 season. 1)…

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Intrapreneurship is for employees, and business units at Deutsche Bahn

By Nicolas Bry / June 12, 2019 /

Tobias Taut is venture architect at Deutsche Bahn, and an enthusiastic venture builder. What a great title! Managing the intrapreneurship program DB Intrapreneurs, means for Tobias building amazing digital services, and enabling people in their innovation ambitions to create tangible and sustainable value. To boost intrapreneurs projects, Tobias also shares his skills in business modelling, lean startup,…

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How Open Innovation led by Purchasing works brilliantly at GRTGaz

By Nicolas Bry / May 8, 2019 /

Mathilde Delignou is Project Manager Open Innovation and partnership at GRTgaz, one of the leading European operators in natural gas transmission. What is uncommon is that the open innovation activity lies within the Purchasing Department. Mathilde explains to us what this peculiarity proves to be a success story. 1) Hi Mathilde, could you describe your entity,…

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Intrapreneurship at Pernod-Ricard: test and learn in action

By Nicolas Bry / March 27, 2019 /

Astrid Froment created Kangaroo Fund, an open innovation Fund for the 18,000 Pernod Ricard Employees, and an intrapreneurship program adopting experimentation & lean Start Up. In 2 seasons, it generated more than 250 ideas, 20 finalists, and 10 ideas incubated… She shares with us this exciting story. Following my article on “Dare to be difference makers”, I…

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