Introducing APQC's Big Thinkers, Big Ideas Interview Series

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Get used to hearing “Welcome to Big Thinkers, Big Ideas,” as it will be my standard greeting for our new APQC podcast series launching tomorrow. What’s to follow will be anything but standard. This series is my chance to interview some of the most interesting people in and around the world of business.

Supply Chain Innovation Starts With Rejecting The Status Quo and Risk Aversion

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APQC recently spoke with Dr. Morgan Swink, Executive Director of the Supply and Value Chain Center at Texas Christian University (TCU), about his research on supply chain innovation and his work with CSCMP’s Supply Chain Innovation Award.

Help Recognize True Innovation

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The Edison Awards™ is inviting APQC's members to become part of the prestigious Edison Awards judging panel that recognizes, honors, and fosters innovation across a wide variety of industries and disciplines. This award honors excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design and innovation.

How Your Organization Can Better Manage Innovation Performance

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APQC recently interviewed Dr. Scott J. Edgett the CEO and Co-Founder of Stage-Gate International, who APQC recently collaborated with for the benchmarking study Innovation Performance: Critical Drivers of Success. In the following question and answer session, Edgett, one of the top experts in product innovation discusses what organizations can do to better manage innovation performance.

Nike, Microsoft, and the NFL Tackle Innovation

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What do Nike, SG Helmets, and Microsoft have in common? They are driving innovation in the products used by players and coaches in the National Football League (NFL). Although the game itself hasn’t changed dramatically over the years, today’s players in the NFL can play in greater comfort and safety, thanks in part to 2014 Edison Award winners: Nike (an APQC member) and SG Helmets.

Success Rate and Profits of Innovation at Top Performers (Infographic)

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Any organization developing a new product or service wants to ensure that it gets a successful and profitable project in return for its investment. But what kind of success rate and profit amount should organizations aim for? APQC recently partnered with Stage-Gate International to study how leading organizations perform on their innovation projects.

The Top Driver of Innovation Performance (Infographic)

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Organizations that are successful at product or service innovation have worked to make this a critical capability within the enterprise. These organizations have recognized that innovation done right can lead to a competitive advantage within their markets. Organizations looking to achieve similar success with innovation often need a starting point.

What Great Innovative Companies Have in Common

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I recently talked to Claude Legrand, managing partner of Ideaction, Inc. to find out what makes companies leaders in innovation and what makes other companies struggle.

APQC: What sets successful companies in innovation apart from the rest?

Legrand: Knowledge about the innovation process is the key differentiator between innovative companies and other companies. Companies that innovate systematically understand how innovation happens; they innovate on purpose and in very structured and organized ways.

Why Cisco Builds, Buys, and Partners its Way to Innovation

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According to the The New Reality of R&D  article in the May 2014 issue of Fast Company magazine, organizations are no longer investing large amounts of money into long-term research that only offers a return on investment way down the road. Instead, they are teaming up with other organizations that have the necessary resources to improve the amount of time it takes to see a return on R&

Don’t Fear Hackers: Leveraging STEM Experts and Creating New Knowledge at Houston Open Innovation Hackathon

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Many industries contend with shortages of scientific, technical, engineering, and math (STEM) experts. Especially here in Houston, we hear a lot about public and private efforts to promote STEM education to bring future experts into the pipeline.