Knowlton Project Support

How do Manufacturers Innovate?

A research report entitled  ‘The Innovation Imperative in Manufacturing’ published by the Boston Consulting Group describes the most effective tools for promoting and sustaining Innovation. The study which ranks the top 20 countries also identifies the key drivers for effective innovation highlighting four key factors; Idea generation, Structured Processes, Leadership and a skilled workforce…interesting…remarkably close to the key factors impacting successful implementation of Lean!

It seems ironic that the most creative companies are those that have well structured processes when traditionally many believe structure is the ‘enemy’ of creativity. Those companies that can strike a balance between creativity and formalised process systems appear to be the best performers in terms of innovation.

Of the 1000 respondents to the BCG survey, a skilled and well educated workforce was identified as the most critical element of innovation success – but the hardest to acquire.

Down load further Innovation Research and Reports:

The Innovation Imperative – Boston Consulting Group Survey 2009

Innovation in Manufacturing – Accenture report 2008

Public Sector Innovation – National Audit Office 2009

Innovation Guide, Turning Ideas into profit  – Dti 2006

 

Leave a Reply

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

IMPROVEMENT TOOLS

CATEGORIES

ARCHIVES

SUBSCRIBE TO THIS BLOG

SUBSCRIBE TO NEWSLETTER

Signup to our newsletter with your email.