Innovation Pioneers Report: on our 33rd Tankmeeting Idea management for the customers benefit. Do´s and Don’ts!

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In our 33rd Tank Meeting we explored how to engage large numbers of people in a creative idea process without making it too complex.   

“Increased competition demands increased innovation capabilities. That is why more brains that think in new ways are needed. Those who surprise and dare to stretch limits. Those who wish to contribute to their organisations success. During the meeting it was interesting to find that so many actively work with idea management in some form but that so many at the same time wish to share thoughts and are curious on how others do. This is a sign that it is a complex area. The meeting had high energy and a creative, hands on sharing mindset as always.”

// Pia Wågberg, Workshop leader Innventia

“We see that more organisations realize the importance of being able to handle ideas in a structured way as a part of their innovation efforts.

There are different strategies for how you can handle ideas. As an example you can invest in idea management software or do workshops on the topic. There are also various strategies for how to follow up on gathered ideas.

This workshop adressed how to engage a large number of people in a creative process without making it too complex. Also how to motivate your coworkers and elevate motivation.

The aim for the participants were to get a picture on how to engage their coworkers in their idea generation efforts. This was done through the experiences of our network, research and a joint workshop. The participants also got insights on what can be done in their own organization.

We were able to see how organizations find it more and more complex when they move further in the ideation process towards the commercialization. Ideas are abundant but how do we take them to market is of utter importance. This will be something we will address during the rest of the year and specifically at Innovation in Action 8-9/11.”

By the way, half of the registered participants at the meeting were women!

// Kim Silvasti, Innovation Pioneers

“Many organizations experiment today with new practices in idea management. A forum

like this think tank gave an excellent opportunity to share success stories and to

together tackle and find solutions to the challenges firms encounter when trying to

proactively work with ideas and the creativity of the whole organization, or even

beyond. My main take away from this very open, collaborative and enthusiastic network

is that while we have come a great distance compared to a few years ago, there is still

many new ideas about idea management and that we will see many new practices that

will help organizations to fruitfully nurture and open up for the creativity of all

employees in the quest to find, create, develop and launch new innovations.”

// Jennie Björk Ph.D. Associate professor, KTH

Innovation Pioneers Report – TakeAways – TM33 – 2016 Idea Management

Innovation Pioneers – Idea Management – A Summary

Innovation Pioneers – Idea Management – The Individuals Perspective

Innovation Pioneers – Idea Management – The Organizations Perspective

Innovation Pioneers – Idea Management – The Societys Perspective




Workshop Lead by

Workshop Leaders

Pia Wågberg
Jennie Björk

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Our 29th Tankmeeting #1-2015 Smartifying the Industry

This briefing  includes key take aways from the Innovation Pioneers tank meeting # 1, 2015 on connectivity, hosted by SKF in Gothenburg. The meeting included presentations and a field trip to the SKF factory to give insights on how the company has incorporated connectivity in their business practice. SKF facilitated the afternoon’s workshop with 44 representatives from the iP initiating team and corporate members.

The day at SKF

SKF invited Innovation Pioneers to join them in a presentation of their journey from bricks-and-mortar to high tech opportunities. Where they have once implemented technologies to achieve cost saving, process enhancing and efficiency seeking changes, they now see business opportunities arising.
The presentation and field visit to the SKF factory visualized how they have brought smart devices with production and maintenance apps into their factories to enable a better, faster and more accurate collection of data and ensure a collaborative and efficient way of working.


The purpose of the workshop was to investigate and understand how to achieve operational efficiency, find new revenue streams and business models through connectivity. Also, to consider how connectivity is related and can be incorporated in ones own business practice.

Business Model Canvas

The afternoon followed by a workshop with a business model canvas based methodology to explore various options in seeking the capturing of stakeholder values and business opportunities in a new technology. Innovation Pioneers participants discussed how to create a business model around a new product that could potentially sell in volume. The discussions also aimed at giving and sharing insights to all participants about their own potentials and how to visualize those for internal use.

Key Takeaways

Over the day, the Innovation Pioneers have seen enthusiastic participants receive inspiration from one another through networking. We have also witnessed how connectivity can be used to achieve operational efficiency, new business opportunities and utilize support for coworkers in companies.

  • How connectivity can improve the efficiency and productivity.
  • Emphasize the importance of early prototyping.
  • The benefits of utilizing the network to share knowledge and experiences.

iP says

Innovation can drive us towards more bold moves than we expect. Capturing the full value of these, sometimes technology or efficiency moves, can be of significant impact. As emphasized in the report Digitizing the Value Chain from McKinsey & Company, that connecting individuals and machines in the new “digital thread” or “industry 4.0” can create great value for organizations since it makes it possible to generate, organize and draw insights from new oceans of data.

A critical factor to navigate is how this data is managed, transferred, used and commercialized. Who really owns it, and what do our clients, society and users allow us to do with it? We must incorporate these matters as we build models around data.

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