Issue 1, 2011

The Future of Innovation Management: The Next 10 Years

Rick Eagar, Frederik van Oene, Charles Boulton, Daniel Roos and Cindy Dekeyser

Earlier in this issue we looked at the recent history of innovation management, and Arthur D. Little’s pivotal role in developing some of the key approaches and tools that are widely used today. Looking back is natural as we celebrate our 125th anniversary – but perhaps more interesting is to look forwards. In our client assignments we very often work at the leading edge of innovation management helping to develop new approaches and tools, and so we have a good view of the current “state-of-the art”. But what can we expect in the next 10 years? What key trends do we see in the way companies are managing innovation? What approaches and concepts are going to be ground-breaking, and what will this mean for business leaders?

To help answer these questions we launched a new survey of the opinions and perspectives of nearly 100 Chief Technology Officers (CTO) and Chief Innovation Officers (CIO) from around the world. We collated opinions from Arthur D. Little’s own internal network of innovation management practitioners. And we also canvassed the views of some distinguished international experts and academics in innovation management. We are very grateful for their insights and contributions.

The results are fascinating – both expected and unexpected – and relevant across all the leadership functions. In this article we’ve tried to summarize the main points, beginning with emerging innovation management concepts, followed by some overall trends and anticipated changes in the CTO/CIO role...

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Twice a year, Arthur D. Little covers the latest cutting-edge thinking on strategy, technology and innovation in its corporate magazine Prism. For over 20 years Prism has continually set the standards in innovative thinking and groundbreaking concepts in the world of business and management.

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