Resources on our updated Innovation Portal

We’ve updated and improved the Innovation Portal which contains all sorts of resources to support learning, teaching and coaching innovation.  Click here to connect.


The Ballad of the Lonely PhD ….

This is a link to a video and transcript of a keynote I gave earlier this year at the ISPIM conference in Dublin.  It was for the Doctoral Workshop and features some humorous songs and reflections on the challenges of working towards a PhD in the field of innovation management…..

Humanitarian innovation

We often use the metaphor of survival when talking about innovation – but there are some situations where this is literally true. In the kinds of crisis condition in which humanitarian agencies operate the need to find novel solutions and implement them quickly is always present – and may be the difference between life and death.


Not surprisingly this is a field full of innovative activity, both in the form of organized programmes from major agencies and also via bottom-up entrepreneurs and user-innovators. We have begun work on a project looking at humanitarian innovation and will return to this theme again. But for now two useful resources:


Some fascinating case study examples can be found here


And a literature review trying to position the humanitarian innovation system in the wider context of innovation can be found here



Peter Pribilla meeting Rome

Beautiful location and some inspirational discussion at this 9th meeting of the Peter Pribilla network. (Click here for more details of the organization which works on themes around innovation and leadership).

Highlights were:

Lynda Gratton previewing her new book on ‘The Hundred Year Life’ – what will it mean when we can routinely live to be 100 years old or more?  What implications will that have for the worlds of work and employment, what skills might we need, what networks and what resources?

Helmut Schoenenberger talking about the new ‘TechShop’ which he is opening on the campus of the technical University in Munich as part of their huge entrepreneurship centre, UnternehmerTuM.  This will offer , following US examples, a wide range of prototyping tools and an environment where people can ‘build their dreams’

Albert Heuberger of the Fraunhofer IIS (the place which invented the mp3) talking about ‘Joseph’s’ – a new shop about to open in the centre of Nuremburg where people can come in and try out product and service ideas in prototype form, co-creating and crowdsourcing  around new technologies.  ‘Rapid social prototyping’ was one of the phrases used – certainly sounds intriguing and worth a closer look – see here for more details.

New book – Strategic innovation management’

Our new book, ‘Strategic innovation management’ is now out – it’s aimed particularly at those with a general interest in innovation rather than taking a specialist course. We’ve tried to make the language and structure more accessible to appeal to people for whom English is not a first language and we’ve made extensive use of ebook links to our innovation Portal where there are many resources – cases, media, tools and activities.  See here for more details of the Portal.