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Innovation centers alone do not create more innovation

Establishing innovation centers is the current trend. According to a current survey by IT consulting firm Capgemini, however, there is often a lack of opportunities – and even of a willingness to try out new ideas.

04 Jan. 2018
Source: Capgemini
Source: Capgemini

An innovation center alone is not enough to help companies create innovation. IT consulting firm Capgemini has established this in a current study that surveyed 1,700 managers and employees of 340 organizations worldwide. Discrepancies between external and actual innovation Capgemini ascribes to a lack of innovative company culture, insufficiently robust internal processes, and an unwillingness of managers to reward innovation.

In over three-quarters of companies, respondents indicated that innovative efforts were still under development, with projects being carried out only at the department level and without central management. The report indicates that most companies lack a culture that fosters experimentation and that tests and implements ideas.

The many innovation centers established last year that focus on artificial intelligence and big data won’t be making major changes any time soon. The study reports that in Germany the number of company-owned innovation centers increased between November 2016 and October 2017 by 24 % to 78.

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