Knowledge for Innovation: Parallel Worlds

In the previous articles of this series, we wrote about Internal Knowledge, Time Horizon, Frontier Sciences, Academic Knowledge and Learning and Experience.  Here we deal with Parallel Worlds. Parallel worlds, shown in the figure as a box between learning and experience and the company’s in-house knowledge, contain industrial knowledge far from the standard knowledge base of the company’s own industry. The piece of knowledge may be unexpected and not present in the existing knowledge base of the company’s industry but applicable to the company’s situation. For example, a metal packaging company trying to conceive a fraud-resistant container for medicine will have a good chance of being inspired by exploring knowledge in the banknote and credit card printing industry. This is a

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Innovation: integrate the best state of knowledge in the world – Marc Giget

Integrate the best state of knowledge in the world To innovate is to integrate the best state of knowledge into creative products and services with the aim of improving life in society and for individuals. These three components: the knowledge, the creation and the improvement of life constitute the fundamental elements of all innovation procedures. They are, depending on the players and the periods, favored as the initiating factor.  Albert Meige and Jacques P.M. Schmitt let us run through these different approaches and sensibilities in respect of innovation procedures: technical push and innovations originating from knowledge as the prime factor, valorization of the vision of the creator, designer, entrepreneur, human- centric innovations originating from expectations, dreams and wishes of individuals.

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Looking Back: 2015 for Presans

Let’s face it, on a collective level, 2015 mainly brought us a lot of pain. Remembering that is part of what keeps us afloat in the storm. Switching to the individual level, the tone varies. Looking back, we at Presans can see that 2015 brought quite a few changes for the better. Things really kicked off for us in March, which is when we moved into our new office at Remix Coworking. The migration from the remote plateau of Saclay to the entrepreneurial hipness of the Tenth arrondissement went down rather well with the team. The options for food expanded considerably. A whole new potential to host events also opened up. Very handy, for instance, if you have a new

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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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Mindset Eats Culture: Presans Hosts Talk by Stefan Lindegaard

Global innovation guru, facilitator and pattern catcher Stefan Lindegaard was in Paris last week. He’s already left of course and might be reading this from Brazil right now. But he came to Paris and seized upon this opportunity to deliver a talk hosted by Presans at one of the fairly new Remix workspaces, set right in the heart of the burgeoning and vibrant Parisian startup enclave also known as the 10th arrondissement. Around 40 intrigued people came to attend this event organized on relatively short notice.  To describe Stefan Lindegaard’s intervention as a talk does not do justice to his lively and crisp style of exchange facilitation. Before, during and after the talk, Stefan brought out the participative side of

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Panel Discussion on Innovation Intelligence @ Mardis de l’Innovation

Marc Giget strikes again. The innovation thinker who pens forewords is also the focal point around which the French innovation community gathers. Over 200 people attended this week’s edition of his seminar. Topic of the session : Open Innovation — perspectives after ten years of practice in a digital world. Presans coordinated the session. This isn’t Albert Meige’s first gig here. This time he came to present the main trends from the book he just finished co-writing with Jacques Schmitt. His talk was interspersed with subliminal encouragements to acquire it. The vision of the future he described is shaped by the twin waves of digitalization and commoditization. This rapidly approaching scenario would also see players of various sizes converge towards similar strategies. On the level of intermediaries and service providers, time hasn’t decisively answered the question

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Innovation Intelligence: Commoditization. Digitalization. Acceleration. Major Pressure on Innovation Drivers.

In our book Innovation Intelligence, we give an overview of recent, disruptive trends that induce changes in the way large corporations deal with open innovation. The book was written after approximately 40 interviews with the Chief Technology Officers and Chief Innovation Officers of large international companies such as Airbus Group, Danone, TOTAL, and Faurecia, among others. We are very pleased to have two prestigious preface authors: Marc Giget, President, European Institute for Creative Strategies and Innovation Jean-François Minster, Senior Vice President Scientific Development, Total The book is 318 page long and is composed of 7 chapters (in addition of the introduction and of the conclusion): Chapter 1: The Internet of Skills & Knowledge Chapter 2: The Parrot AR.Drone Case Chapter 3:

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