Category: Culture, Organizations & Teams

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It is widely recognized that new product development cannot be successful through good processes alone. Success is dependent on people, on the culture of the company and the environment that is created to foster innovation. The Culture, Organizations, and Teams highlights the characteristics of an innovative culture. It also focuses on the requirements for a high performing team and for team structures to support cross-functional teams in an innovative environment and in different project contexts. Management roles and responsibilities at various levels and within different stages of product development are also discussed. Learn more.

Hedgehog Innovation Teams: Focused, Nimble, Dangerous

Hedgehog Innovation Teams: Focused, Nimble, Dangerous

BY PATRICK BOEHNEN and TY HAGLER | 2020

How might we disrupt the experience of buying a shower door? Pat Boehnen with Predicta and Ty Hagler with Trig share practical lessons from their track record of repeatedly breaking into new consumer product categories, unseating incumbents. Read More

Continuity, Change, and New Product Performance

Continuity, Change, and New Product Performance: The Role of Stream Concentration

BY ENRICO FORTI, MAURIZIO SOBRERO and ANDREA VEZZULLI | PDMA JPIM • VOL. 37, ISSUE 3 • MAY 2020

Product development teams often face the challenge of designing radically new products that cater at the same time to the revealed tastes and expectations of existing customers. In new product development projects, this tension guides critical choices about continuity or change concerning product attributes and team composition. Research suggests these choices interact, but it is not clear whether they are complements or substitutes and if the level of change in one should match or not the level of change in the other. Read More

The Role of Hybrid Organizations in Scaling Social Innovations in Bottom‐of‐the‐Pyramid Markets

The Role of Hybrid Organizations in Scaling Social Innovations in Bottom‐of‐the‐Pyramid Markets

BY JARROD P. VASSALLO, JAIDEEP C. PRABHU, SOURINDRA BANERJEE and RANJIT VOOLA | PDMA JPIM • VOL. 36, ISSUE 6 • NOVEMBER 2019

While social innovations that solve financial exclusion have gained increasing attention as a means of helping the poor in developing markets, little research has empirically investigated the types of organizations that drive these innovations to achieve scale. Hybrids, a type of organization that exist in between traditional organizational forms, are said to have rapidly gained prevalence, especially in bottom‐of‐the‐pyramid markets. Read More

Mitigating the Challenges of Partner Knowledge Diversity While Enhancing Research & Development (R&D) Alliance Performance

Mitigating the Challenges of Partner Knowledge Diversity While Enhancing Research & Development (R&D) Alliance Performance: The Role of Alliance Governance Mechanisms

BY JEONGHO CHOI | PDMA JPIM • VOL. 37, ISSUE 1 • JANUARY 2020

This article explores the answers to the following unresolved research question: How do firms mitigate the collaboration challenges associated with partner knowledge diversity and enhance alliance performance? The study provides an alliance performance enhancing framework by identifying two types of partner knowledge diversity. Read More

The Role of Departmental Thought Worlds in Shaping Escalation of Commitment in New Product Development Projects

The Role of Departmental Thought Worlds in Shaping Escalation of Commitment in New Product Development Projects

BY ALEXANDER WEETH, JANA‐KRISTIN PRIGGE and CHRISTIAN HOMBURG | PDMA JPIM • VOL. 37, ISSUE 1 • JANUARY 2020

The debate over whether and how thought worlds of different departments (especially marketing and research and development [R&D]) affect managers' decision‐making behavior in new product development (NPD) is ongoing. Read More

Influencing for Results

Maybe We Should Be Problem Managers

STEVE JOHNSON | ORIGINALLY PRESENTED AT THE 1019 PDMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE • NOVEMBER 2019

“So… what would you say you do here?”

Many product professionals struggle to answer this question. There are titles like product manager, project manager, product owner, product marketer? What do these mean? Read More

Influencing for Results

Influencing for Results

BRAD MATTHEWS | PDMA WEBCAST • OCTOBER 2019

Are you getting the results you want with others? What important initiatives are at risk if they don’t get the support they need? Your ability to leverage opportunities and manage risks depends, at least in part, on your effectiveness in influencing the support needed from others. In other words, results will be, in some way, a function of your influence. Watch

Digital-First Remote Collaboration

Digital-First Remote Collaboration

JAY MELONE | PDMA WEBCAST • 2018

More and more of our teams these days are working from home, from another city, or from another part of the world. Remote work has been growing in acceptance, but also in efficiency. Companies are faced with either accepting the reality of our new virtual working conditions, or facing a shrinking pool of talent that refuse to be in the office every day. Watch

Mysteries of Innovation Culture

Mysteries of Innovation Culture

JEREMY ALEXIS | PDMA WEBCAST • 2018

The mysteries of innovation culture: if these ideas are so good... why are they so hard to implement?

The adoption of innovation methods and design thinking has left many companies with numerous ideas and ambition for creating change, but little in the way of implementation and measurable results. We conducted in-depth interviews with innovation leaders at over 50 companies in a variety of industries to understand the barriers that prevented “innovative” ideas from being implemented. Watch

Agile Strategies & Startup Thinking in Large Companies 

Agile Strategies & Startup Thinking in Large Companies 

IRENE SPITSBERG | PDMA WEBCAST • 2015

Large companies are not start-ups and never will be! They are designed and operate differently. To innovate effectively, large companies can’t simply replicate start-up principles. Rather, they must adapt start-up principles in ways that are smart and tailored to their organization. Watch Part 1 | Watch Part 2

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2015 Outstanding Corporate Innovator Award Winner: BECTON DICKINSON

CONTRIBUTOR ELLEN STRAHLMAN, M.D., M.H.Sc. | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN PDMA VISIONS MAGAZINE, ISSUE 3, 2015 • VOL. 39 • NO.3

While BD’s products and services expand over myriad subject matter and research goals within the everevolving health care sector, its commitment to innovation has remained consistent throughout the years. Ellen Strahlman, M.D., M.H.Sc., executive vice president of Research and Development and chief medical officer at BD, provides a first-hand account of the company and its culture of innovation. Read More

 

Think Big: Seek Out ‘Impact Collaborations’

Trends in Breakthrough Innovation and Growth

KEVIN SCHWARTZ | PDMA WEBCAST • 2014

How are companies using innovation to drive growth in spite of accelerating, disruptive change? During this webcast, Kevin Schwartz, a co-lead of PwC's Innovation management consulting practice, will share insights based on PwC's extensive industry survey of innovation practices released in late 2013. Watch

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Learn Social Networking from IBM: How to Get the Biggest Payback

ED BRILL, IBM | PDMA WEBCAST • 2013

Learn enterprise use of social media and social networking. Watch

Enhancing Innovation through Business and University Partnerships

Enhancing Innovation Through Business and University Partnerships

BY JOSHUA L. COHEN, RONALD G. KANDER, AND GAIL MARTINO | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN PDMA VISIONS MAGAZINE, QUARTER 4, 2013 • VOL. 37 • NO.4

Fruitful business and university collaboration is here to stay and grow. 

"Despite inherent tension between industry’s fierce competitiveness and academia’s open exchange of shared knowledge, opportunities abound in the many places where the interests of businesses and universities are aligned." Read More

The Barnacle Theory

The Barnacle Theory: Please Don’t Foul the Hull

BY MARK B MONDRY, NPDP | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN PDMA VISIONS MAGAZINE, ISSUE 3, 2013 • VOL. 37 • NO.3

Now, I have this theory. I call it the barnacle theory, and it helps me place players in the innovation ecosystem. The theory evolved from my work in many companies and observing countless careers within and around those companies. Read More

An NPD Professional’s Entrepreneurial Journey Using the Principles of Effectuation

An NPD Professional’s Entrepreneurial Journey Using the Principles of Effectuation

BY LEE GOLDRING| ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN PDMA VISIONS MAGAZINE, ISSUE 3, 2013 • VOL. 37 • NO.3

The book, “Effectuation: Elements of Entrepreneurial Expertise,” published in 2008 by Dr. Saras Sarasvathy and colleagues, culminated a nearly decade-long exploration of the theory of effectuation in the academic literature. The research demonstrated significant insights into the consistent motivations and behaviors of entrepreneurs.  Read More

 

10 Rules of Thumb

10 Rules of Thumb for I.N.N.O.V.A.T.I.O.N. in Your Company

BY ANNE ORBAN | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN PDMA VISIONS MAGAZINE, QUARTER 1, 2013 • VOL. 37 • NO.1

Accepting the innovation challenge can feel like a leap of faith. Practitioners whose careers have been deeply involved in innovation provide personal insights from their experiences on these rules of thumb developed as an acrostic using the letters of the word I.N.N.O.V.A.T.I.O.N. Read More

Think Big: Seek Out ‘Impact Collaborations’

Think Big: Seek Out ‘Impact Collaborations’

BY MARK B. MONDRY | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN PDMA VISIONS MAGAZINE, QUARTER 1, 2013 • VOL. 37 • NO.1

We built today’s global innovation economy from collaboration. Identifying new ways of solving problems and serving needs, these collaborations created new products that are better, faster and/or cheaper. Read More

DNA of a Connected Innovator

DNA of a Connected Innovator: Nurture eight characteristics to spark connected innovation

BY JEFF BELLAIRS | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN PDMA VISIONS MAGAZINE, QUARTER 1, 2013 • VOL. 37 • NO.1

In my role overseeing the open innovation strategy at General Mills, I’m well aware that achieving true innovation success takes a number of distinct roles and personalities, each of which brings something unique and equally important to the process. Read More

5 Keys to New Prduct Success

Five Keys to New Product Success: What Big Brands Know

GERRY O'BRION | PDMA WEBCAST • 2012

Translate brand strategies into new product success.

Insights on the importance of close collaboration between designers and marketers. Watch

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The Missing Link in Innovative Research

BY ANNA PETTERSSON and AUGUST VLAK | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN PDMA VISIONS MAGAZINE, ISSUE 1, 2012 • VOL. 36 • NO.1

When the pipeline of technological breakthroughs has stalled, especially in industries like pharmaceuticals, midlevel managers may hold the key to research and development (R&D) productivity.

Despite continuous growth in research and development (R&D) spending, many senior leaders remain deeply concerned about their organization’s ability to innovate. Read More

 

Pathway to Success

Pathway to Success: How to Break Down Barriers that Stand in the Way of Successful Innovation

BY SUSAN WARD, ITECS INNOVATIVE CONSULTING | PDMA WEBCAST • 2013

This webcast discusses seven barriers to innovation based on an executive survey. Watch

Please Take Risks — Even in Your Career

Please Take Risks — Even in Your Career

BY MARK B. MONDRY | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN PDMA VISIONS MAGAZINE, QUARTER 2, 2013 • VOL. 37 • NO.2

Ride the wave of ‘preneurship, across all types, repeat if necessary. Enjoy the ride.

It was warm and sunny outside, but the weather didn’t match his mood. He had just emerged from a windowless conference room meeting with his supervisor, and his emotions sank into in a dreary coldness of winter. He was very confused. Read More

The Power of Communities

The Power of Communities

BY GAURAV BHALLA | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN PDMA VISIONS MAGAZINE, QUARTER 4, 2013 • VOL. 37 • NO.4

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics was recently awarded to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs, the two scientists who independently laid out the theoretical framework for the Higgs boson. The Higgs boson and the Higgs field form two of the cornerstones of what is known as the “Standard Model” of physics. Read More

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Serial Innovators: How Individuals Create and Deliver Breakthrough Innovations in Mature Firms

BY DR. ABBIE GRIFFIN, DR. RAYMOND L. PRICE, and DR. BRUCE A. VOJAK | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN PDMA VISIONS MAGAZINE, ISSUE 2, 2012 • VOL. 36 • NO.2

Can large, mature firms routinely create successful breakthrough innovations? At best, such efforts have proven problematic. Indeed, some academics even suggest that large, mature firms cannot be successful creating breakthrough innovation. Read More

Soft Skills for Open Innovation Success

Soft Skills for Open Innovation Success

BY GAIL MARTINO and JOHN BARTOLONE | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN PDMA VISIONS MAGAZINE, ISSUE 2, 2012 • VOL. 36 • NO.2

The open innovation (OI) professional is a rare breed—part entrepreneur, deal maker, alliance manager and project manager. Success in this role requires a true balance of talent and skills to drive growth from new sources and business models. Read More

Steve Jobs: A Product Developer's Perspective

Steve Jobs: A Product Developer's Perspective

BY BRAD BARBERA | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN PDMA VISIONS MAGAZINE, ISSUE 1, 2012 • VOL. 36 • NO.1

Since the death of Steve Jobs on Oct. 5, 2011, innumerable magazine articles, a multitude of blogs and a best-selling book have been published about his life and contributions to the world. Publishing yet another retrospective would be superfluous, yet it would seem remiss for Visions, with its tagline “insights into innovation,” not to cover the passing of a man described as “the greatest innovator of our time.” Read More

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Develop This, You the Product

MARK B. MONDRY, NPDP, PARTNER PHASE M, LLP | mmondry@phaseM.com

“To evade decline, we need to become intrinsically self-motivated about innovation, not just looking at innovation as something we do for an organization during the workday.” Read More

Responding to Global Innovation Challenges

Responding to Global Innovation Challenges

ROB SHELTON and VIVEK SINGHAL | PDMA WEBCAST 2010

The Global Innovation Challenges on-demand webcast will begin to explore the key issues and challenges that companies have faced with global innovation. Watch