Innovation in France : the View from Austria

The outside view on efforts undertaken to enhance the French innovation system is refreshingly severe: the new organization introduced by reforms conceals the unshakable hold of the old system, as well as the low appetite of France for globalization. Having eliminated the analytical room usually provided for wishful thinking, such a non-accommodating message invites us to renew from the ground up the way we view innovation and the economic and social changes it is a part of. First post of a series.

Read more

The Erosion of the Closed Innovation Paradigm

In our article “The Golden Age of Closed Innovation Closed”, we gave a definition of “Closed Innovation”, and we explained how and why this type of innovation management had appeared and were necessary conditions of its success. In particular, we explained that A buffer between Research and Development had to be established, Intellectual Property had to be strictly controlled, The mobility of qualified people had to be limited. However a number of factors have contributed to the erosion of the virtuous circle formed by Closed Innovation. While some companies who did not manage to adapt suffered from important losses, others have been innovative in the way they innovate and have turned to Open Innovation. Erosion Factors for the closed innovation

Read more

Golden Age of Closed Innovation

Open Innovation starts to be a very popular topic in Europe. This has been the case for much longer in US (since 15-20 years ago). Open Innovation will be the subject of a series of forthcoming articles. Before being open, innovation was closed. However the expression « closed innovation » was probably coined at the same time as « open innovation ». In this article we define closed innovation. Definition of closed innovation Within the closed innovation paradigm, the process leading to innovation is completely controlled; all the intellectual property is developed internally and kept within the company frontiers until the new product is released on the market. The origin of closed innovation lays in the lack of involvement of

Read more

Open Innovation in Five Lessons According to Xerox

The expression “open innovation”, coined by Henry Chesbrough in 2003, has become increasingly fashionable in Europe and large industrial groups are looking for ways to implement “open innovation”. “Open innovation” has popped up in the program of most professional training agencies and is the subject of many conferences on innovation. This was the case for the first edition of the Grenoble Innovation Fair (GIF), held in Grenoble on 22 and 23 October. The conference started with an excellent presentation by Wim Vanhaverbeke on open innovation. This was followed by a presentation by Dr Monica Beltrametti, Vice President of the Xerox Research Centre Europe (XRCE). Although Xerox is known for having missed the transition from closed to open innovation in the

Read more