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South Korea no longer world’s most innovative nation

March 3, 2020

For the first time in six years, South Korea has been knocked off the top spot as Germany is named the world's most innovative economy.

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IT budgets and integrations stalling digital transformation

February 21, 2020

According to a recent report on the state of IT and digital transformation, 85% of organisations struggle with integration challenges and budget constraints, which are stalling their digital transformation.

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65% of companies say their employees are their most important partners in innovation, ranking them above technology partners.

‘Reinventing innovation 2017’ by PwC’s Innovation Benchmark

79% of strong innovators have digitised innovation processes compared to 29% of weak innovators.

‘The Most Innovative Companies 2018’ by BCG

There is a link between a greater proportion of women and a more mixed ethnic and cultural composition in leadership roles, and company financial performance – companies with gender diversity on their executive teams were 21% more likely to have above-average profitability.

‘Delivering Through Diversity’ by McKinsey (2018)

Six in ten Millennials say that a sense of purpose is part of the reason they chose to work for their current employer. And only 28% believe their current employer is making full use of their skills.

‘The Deloitte Millennial Survey 2015’

61% of C-suite executives consider people skills one of the most significant external forces behind business growth.

‘Employer Outlook 2018′ by Indeed

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This is why companies should govern innovation extensively

February 14, 2020

Companies that govern innovation extensively achieve twice the revenue growth of those who don’t, achieving a compound annual growth of 5.9% (CAGR), on average. Yet according to a recent report by Accenture, fewer than one in eight companies actually do this.

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Banking industry lagging in digital transformation

October 17, 2019

Traditional banks are facing fierce competition from technology companies and fintech startups as their digital transformation and innovation efforts fall short, says the recent ‘Innovation in Retail Banking’ report.

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Global innovation: the rise of middle-income countries

July 23, 2019

While high-income countries still lead the way when it comes to innovation, there has been something of a shift in the global innovation landscape, with middle-income economies climbing up the ranks, according to the Global Innovation Index 2019.

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Innovation and talent concentration linked to economic (and real estate) success

June 6, 2019

Cities that combine strong innovation capabilities and talent concentration outperform in economic terms, but also attract higher real estate capital, says the latest report from real estate firm JLL.

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Technology-driven innovators are racing ahead of the competition

May 16, 2019

Research undertaken by Forrester shows that technology-driven innovation leaders grow four times faster than their peers. Its latest report, Dare To Disrupt With Technology-Driven Innovation, indicates that leading with technology triples or quadruples returns for businesses.

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AI is powering the world’s most innovative companies

April 18, 2019

The world’s most innovative companies are pushing ahead by embracing Artificial Intelligence (AI), according to a recent report from BCG, with Apple losing the number one spot for the first time in 13 years.

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Are today’s leaders actually ready to lead?

January 4, 2019

Despite competitive pressure to innovate and the billions spent on leadership development every year, the capability of leaders in organisations is not improving, according to a recent study. The Global Leadership Forecast shows quality leadership has remained stalled since the analysis began almost 20 years ago.

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How startups and venture capital have gone global

November 29, 2018

Although many American cities have long been home to thriving technological ecosystems, high-tech startups are expanding beyond the US and are growing significantly across the world, according to the report Rise of the Global Startup City. The Harvard Business Review analysed more than 100,000 venture deals across 600 countries and found that startups have truly […]

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The 4 things you could learn from high-performing business innovators

November 14, 2018

A study by CBInsight found that larger companies place the highest importance on innovation, but how do they become high-performing innovators? Here are 4 lessons that businesses can learn from those at the top of the pyramid when it comes to innovation-driven growth.

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Is innovation really a priority for business leaders today?

October 16, 2018

Data has consistently shown that innovation leads to long-term business growth, quicker penetration of new markets and that all-important edge to compete in a digital economy. However, a recent study has revealed that board members globally do not rank innovation as a priority in their strategic challenges.

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Is human-driven innovation overtaking traditional R&D?

October 3, 2018

From Samsung and Hewlett Packard to Lego and even NASA, larger companies are taking a leaf out of small firms’ books by embracing the power of human-driven innovation. Rather than traditional R&D, they have started to recognise the potential of more inclusive operating models.

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Digital transformation and talent on the minds of CEOs

August 14, 2018

Digital business is still a top priority for CEOs, says this year’s Gartner’s CEO Survey, but it also noted several important shifts in CEO perspectives. The most significant change was how workforce-related issues now represent one of the biggest challenges for executives today.

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Could this be the reason your business isn’t digitally maturing?

June 13, 2018

One of the biggest challenges facing businesses looking to compete in a digital environment is lack of experimentation, according to the latest study by MIT SMR and Deloitte. The 2018 Digital Business report found that digitally maturing organisations are more likely to experiment and iterate, something that more established companies struggle with.

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What drives the world’s most competitive economies?

May 24, 2018

In the 30th edition of the IMD World Competitiveness Rankings, the US has overtaken Hong Kong as the world’s most competitive economy, with Singapore placing third. The rankings emphasise the long-term trend that the leading global economies each have a unique approach to becoming competitive.

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Does slow and steady win the innovation race?

May 2, 2018

Rather than getting to the market as quickly as possible, businesses are taking a more measured approach to innovation in 2018. Comparing to data from 2016, the GE Global Innovation Barometer found that “innovation achievers” are increasingly cautious in their approach to innovation.

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Is this the world’s most innovative country?

April 18, 2018

Retaining its position for the fifth consecutive year, South Korea is the most innovative country in the world, according to a recent league table published by Bloomberg. The Asian country took the top spot in the 2018 Bloomberg Innovation Index, which used seven criteria to compile the list, including research and development spending and concentration of high-tech companies.

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The battle for talent: How people skills are rising to the top of the innovation agenda

March 7, 2018

According to Indeed’s Employer Outlook report, most companies are expecting to hire more people in 2018 than in 2017. These figures back up one of the trends that everyone was pinpointing for the year ahead: people skills really do matter.

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Does diversity make companies more innovative?

February 8, 2018

Beyond being an issue of social justice, inclusion and diversity in companies have a direct effect on their growth, innovation and performance. These were the findings published in McKinsey’s latest study, “Delivering through diversity”.

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Four things that the most innovative companies swear by

January 25, 2018

Companies that capitalise on the four elements of digital innovation, including big data analytics, fast adoption of new technologies, mobile products and capabilities and digital design, out-innovate competitors and grow faster, according to an annual report from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

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Why customers and employees are businesses’ most important innovation partners

November 2, 2017

Human experience and end-user insights are the most valuable tools for business innovation, according to the Innovation Benchmark Report conducted by PwC, which surveyed more than 1,200 companies in 44 countries.

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Technology innovation at full steam around the world

March 29, 2017

As innovation goes beyond Research and Development, the Chief Innovation Officer is the main person responsible for guiding technology innovation within organisations, say 35% of the executives surveyed by KPMG’s Global Technology Innovation report.

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Innovation tops CEOs’ business priorities for the year

February 16, 2017

More CEOs put innovation first, when asked which priorities they want to strengthen to capitalise on new opportunities. In its twentieth edition, the ‘PwC CEO Survey’ listened to 1379 leaders worldwide to understand how businesses are facing today’s challenges.

Innovation plays a critical role in hedge fund management, say KPMG, AIMA and MFA

November 17, 2016

KPMG International teamed up with the Alternative Investment Management Association and Managed Funds Association to produce the report, ‘Transformative Change: How Innovation and Technology Are Shaping an Industry’.

We can all win with global innovation

October 13, 2016

Dedicated to the theme, ‘Winning with Global Innovation’, this ninth edition of the GII shows how a rising share of innovation is carried out through collaborative networks that leverage talent worldwide.

Global Human Capital Trends 2016: 10 Top Priorities for Executives

However, only 46% of the 7,000 companies surveyed in 130 countries believe their organisations are prepared to deal with employee engagement challenges, according to Deloitte’s report ‘Global Human Capital Trends 2016 – The new organisation: Different by design’.

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‘What do you do with 500 ideas?’

February 4, 2016

The title question was asked by an innovation director that Arthur D. Little (ADL) interviewed for their report From Idea to Results: Insights into World Class Idea Enrichment. This is one of three recently released ADL studies offering best practices to help companies manage innovation and research and development (R&D) processes.

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The not-so-usual innovation suspects

December 16, 2015

Five of the top 10 most innovative companies in 2015 are in the field of technology, yet five are not. Apple and Google lead the list, followed by Tesla Motors, Microsoft, Samsung, Toyota, BMW, Gilead Sciences, Amazon and Daimler, according to The Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) tenth annual global survey of the state of innovation.

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Who’s driving innovation breakthroughs across the world?

November 25, 2015

Japan, the U.S., Germany, France, the UK and South Korea have alone accounted for 75% all-time patent filings in three breakthrough areas: robotics, 3D printing and nanotechnology. The results are part of the 'World Intellectual Property Report 2015 – Breakthrough Innovation and Economic Growth', produced by the United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organisation.

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How creative is your country?

October 27, 2015

Australia, the US, New Zealand, Canada and Denmark are the five most creative countries in the world, according to the Martin Prosperity Institute’s Global Creativity Index (GCI) 2015. The GCI measures advanced economic growth and sustainable prosperity, considering the ‘3Ts’ of economic development: talent, technology and tolerance.

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Gartner’s top 10 strategic technology trends for 2016

October 21, 2015

Smarter machines, virtual and physical worlds merging and new, safer and more advanced system architectures are key strategic technology trends for 2016, forecasted by the research and advisory company Gartner.

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What the ‘2015 Global Innovation Economy Survey’ tells us

September 17, 2015

‘The state of the global innovation economy is alive and well,’ as innovation has become part of a broader portfolio of organisational activities, states ‘The 2015 Global Innovation Economy Survey’. Commissioned by Leading Edge Only, the research was fielded by BizTechReports.

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Fearing new disruptive business models – KPMG’s ‘Global CEO Outlook 2015’

August 11, 2015

How can my company grow and stay relevant as new disruptors change the markets? This question leads the list of chief executive officers (CEOs) concerns (74%), according to KPMG’s 'Global CEO Outlook 2015 – The Growth Imperative in a More Competitive Environment'.

Innovation-focused companies growing at a faster pace: PwC’s Global Innovation Survey

June 16, 2015

According to PwC’s The Global Innovation Survey, over the next five years, the most innovative companies in the world will grow at a rate of 62.2%, as compared to a 21% average for all the businesses analysed.

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Manufacturers need to embrace transformation: KPMG survey

June 5, 2015

More than 80% of manufacturers have adopted more collaborative business models that involve suppliers, customers and other and stakeholders. However, this transformation appears to be still in its early stages, according to KPMG’s 2015 Global Manufacturing Outlook 'Preparing for battle - Manufacturers get ready for transformation'.

Engagement, empowerment and environmental shifts in the workplace

February 1, 2015

‘How do we attract, engage and lead people in this new world of work?’ The question is one of the 10 key trends identified in the report ‘Predictions for 2015: Redesigning the Organisation for a Rapidly Changing World’.

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