Technology & Innovation Management February 2015

Systematizing Breakthrough Innovation

Findings from the Arthur D. Little Breakthrough Innovation Survey

Systematizing Breakthrough Innovation

Systematizing Breakthrough Innovation

It is increasingly important for companies to be able to deliver a pipeline of Breakthrough (or Radical) Innovations in order to respond to emerging competition, disruptions to core business, and increasing customer power. For example, in five years’ time, companies in our survey expect the revenue contribution of Breakthrough Innovations to be double the current levels. 

Yet despite this, nearly all (88%) of companies are unsatisfied with their efforts to date. In order to achieve replicable, effective Breakthrough Innovation, our survey indicated several key success factors, including having an explicit Breakthrough strategy with clear and quantified goals, single-point accountability and commitment at top management levels, cross-functional involvement, ring-fenced funding, active intrapreneur roles and agile processes.

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