Scaling up from Idea to Impact

6 minute read. In this article – one of 3 short articles about the Roadmap to Scaleup approach, my colleague in the Roadmap to Scaleup Peer Group Frank Mattes, Founder of LeanScaleup picks up the story and explains the key elements of the corporate scaling up solution. Previous articles on the corporate innovation situation in … Read more

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Future Value Pools for the Corporate Innovator

Corporate innovators are turning their attention to creating innovation-led growth by creating high-potential corporate startups and scaling them to make a significant impact. In the second in a series of articles I discuss how to stimulate ideas for new ventures – “On Demand”.  The first article discussed the problem and can be read HERE. Let’s … Read more

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Scaling your way to corporate growth

Corporate innovators are turning their attention to creating innovation-led growth by creating high-potential corporate startups and scaling them to make a significant impact. Let’s think about the problem that we face in corporate innovation management and we’ll start with some individuals you may be familiar with. They have a different set of individual concerns but … Read more

Keynote Speaker: NEPIC digitalisation conference 2020

Keynote Speaker: Industrial Digitalisation: What’s popular (and what works)

Invitation to speak at the Northeast process Industries Cluster (NEPIC) annual conference 2020 on industrial digitalization and cybersecurity. Like most conferences, it’s been delayed as the effects of the global health emergency roll on.  Switching to a virtual platform, I presented insights from the first efforts by manufacturers into the adoption of industrial digital technologies … Read more


Create your Roadmap for Corporate Venture Scale-up (and catalyse growth on demand)

As part of their innovation strategies, large companies are looking to start and scale new corporate ventures, but the success rate is low. Companies can use ecosystem-thinking to stimulate radical startups and carefully scale up these embryonic businesses to generate new growth. The article discusses how the Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge University approaches can … Read more

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The Business Case for Hiring an Innovation Consultant

Why you should consider hiring an innovation consultant and how to convince your boss and peers of your wisdom. 8 minute read You’re already a leader in a significant business but how would you explain that you need innovation consulting advice to your boss, your peers, your staff, or yourself for that matter? The first … Read more


How to sharpen your technology strategy saw

12 minute read Assemble the best tools to create a sharper technology strategy that will drive better decisions to support innovation in business create greater buy-in and boost return on investment.  For science and technology-intensive businesses, technology is a critical enabler for innovative solutions in its chosen markets. Technology for us means science, engineering and … Read more


5 Reasons your business strategy might fail and what to do about it

Business Strategy is a hard problem. By recognising what can go wrong your company can navigate the channel to strategic success. “There is perhaps no process in organizations that is more demanding of human cognition than strategy formation.” (Henry Mintzberg) Michael is MD for a £1bn equipment manufacturer supplying the Nuclear power sector wants to inject … Read more

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Strategic Roadmapping: The essential tool that innovators can’t do without (and shouldn’t even try)

Connecting all of the pieces in your innovation engine is a hard problem. You need a guide. Strategic roadmapping links the why of innovation to the value to the enablers and capabilities over the horizon of opportunity. John is an SVP of engineering for a large rolling stock manufacturer supplying the rail sector and is … Read more

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Selecting Ideas for Innovation

High-potential innovation ideas are critical to high innovation performance in companies. Better ideas drive superior financial returns such as revenue and profitability. Better ideas for innovation also delight customers, enable first-mover advantage and build a positive reputation in the market. Innovation means new and valuable offering that will be appreciated by a customer and for … Read more