Challenges in Innovation: Oil & Gas Case Study

Article originally published in Pétrole & Gaz Informations #1837 (July / August 2015) We’ve conducted interviews with several tens of innovation managers, from R&D, strategy, and marketing of big corporations for our recent book Innovation Intelligence. The verdict is clear: innovation requires creating a cognitive relation between a multitude of very distant knowledge domains at an ever increasing pace. In the digital era, access to the best state of knowledge and the best talents has never been easier. When searching for the proverbial needle in the haystack, the speed of the search is increasing, as well as the number and size of the haystacks. Intelligence is critical. Large corporate Oil & Gas players are organizing their response. Three trends destabilizing

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Is Uberization the Future of Intelligence?

[The French Version of this article was published in Harvard Business Review France] A grinning Jean Botti, CTO at Airbus Group, entrusted us with one of his dreams: A smartphone app that would produce a synthetical and analytical overview of the knowledge possessed by the best experts in a given domain ; the sum of all knowledge components inside a brain. Is it possible to imagine monetizing immaterial assets such as knowledge, expertise or know-how, as is already the case with Uber and Airbnb, who make a network available and then monetize underused physical assets? Are we on the cusp of the Uberization of intelligence? We’ve conducted interviews with several tens of innovation managers, from R&D, strategy, marketing of big corporations for

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The Parrot Drone Story: Visionary Entrepreneur Meets Garage-Based Genius

In just a few decades, advanced knowledge has become a commodity. For innovative companies it is safer, cheaper and most importantly much faster to assemble external bricks (knowledge, technologies or talents) to put superior products on the market. Beyond the hype, Open Innovation is a reality. In this article we tell the story of how Parrot, French leader in handfree car kits became leader on the market of drones in just a few years. This article is derived from one of the numerous case studies published in the book : Innovation Intelligence. The case studies are based on interviews, among others with Parrot CEO and Founder Henri Seydoux. It must fly! Our Wi-Fi remote-control car must fly! Henri Seydoux had his epiphany as he walked along the

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Presans @ X Open Innovation | flight data

XOI is a Polytechnique alumni think tank focused on open innovation in all its hues and shapes, founded by Tru Dô-Khac, and currently presided by Céline Conrardy. A dozen-strong section of its members participated this week in a meeting located in the halls of the old École Polytechnique, to discuss the lastest book co-written by Albert Meige and Jacques Schmitt: Innovation Intelligence. After the presentations, Albert Meige launched into the Parrot-built AR.Drone case, the story of how the leading company in hands-free headsets catapulted itself to the forefront of the leisure drones industry, with plans to expand into new drone-positive areas. A seminal case of pwnage that on a meta-level operates itself as a recon drone, scouting out the new

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Co-founder of success story NetCentrex Dominique Lanfranchi joins Presans

Dominique Lanfranchi joins the Presans team as Head of Business Development. His role will focus on developing commercial opportunities and exploring new markets.  Packing 25 years of experience in the field of new technologies, with a special emphasis on digital products, Dominique has always been dealing with the impact of innovation on business models. An engineer by education, he has worked in sales for several american manufacturers, before launching his own venture in 1999 as co-founder and head of sales of NetCentrex, one of the telecommunications success stories of the 2000s. Dominique is also a member of the accreditation committee of Scientipôle and a partner of the Axeleo startup incubator, providing him with an excellent overview of the startup world.

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