Innovation Pioneers International AB

​Connectivity, Radical Innovation Projects, Complexity for the benefit of Innovation and Innovation Culture

Pressmeddelande   •   Feb 04, 2016 10:35 CET

During 2015 Innovation Pioneers met in four tank meetings with the intention to share knowledge and insights on various topics that are important for our members.

In march SKF invited Innovation Pioneers to join them in a presentation of their journey from bricks-and-mortar to high tech Connectivity opportunities. Where they have once implemented technologies to achieve cost saving, process enhancing and efficiency seeking changes, they now see business opportunities arising.
The presentation and field visit to the SKF factory visualized how they have brought smart devices with production and maintenance apps into their factories to enable a better, faster and more accurate collection of data and ensure a collaborative and efficient way of working. Read about the outcome here.

The month of may brought us to Volvo Cars that invited Innovation Pioneers to join them in a dialogue on identifying the key factors for successful radical innovation practices. Using project cases, gathered from our corporate members, we followed the innovation process from demand, research, development to commercialization. Read about the outcome here.

In september Googol invited Innovation Pioneers on a workshop covering the “complex” topic ofcomplexity vs. simplicity, well knowing that these two expressions are not really antonyms to each other. In business life it has been calculated that complexity has increased 6 times in the last 50 years. In the same time “complicatedness” has increased with 36 times. The latter somewhat unknown expression means that we have instituted measures to handle and control complexity that has created problems that are more severe to our business ability than the complexity itself. Is this Complexity Management as we would like to have it? Probably not. Hence this tank meeting was called upon. Read about the outcome here.

Our 32nd Tank Meeting and the last one for 2015 at Husqvarna was a spin off from the popular tank meeting at Volvo Cars that explored what makes an innovation project successful. During this tank meeting we went from the what to the how. How can you create a successful innovative culture? We saw and listened to practical examples from the network members before we started a workshop on the factors for success. Read about the outcome here.

Join us during 2016. We start the year with the topic Idea Management. In our 33rd Tank Meeting we will be exploring how to engage large numbers of persons in a creative idea process without making it too complex. See the invitation here.

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Innovation Pioneers International


Innovation Pioneers is a network founded by innovation leaders and practitioners from consumer, industrial, service and digital industries, experienced in strategic, tactical and operational management of innovation. We have implemented structured innovation as well as managed successful launches of business critical innovations.

Initiated in 2008, the network’s primary annual events include Innovation in Action, the two-day action-oriented Innovation event now in its 6th year, and four single-topic Tank Meetings. The network also produces Innovation in Practice and other learning events as well as joint development projects, including the publication of “Book of Metrics” on measuring innovation.

The Network is lead by 18 Initiating companies that are elected to manage and drive the network. Selected individuals from these companies participate in the continuous development of the network, it’s actions and projects. A chairman is elected on a yearly basis, for 2015 it is Niclas Ingeström of Stena. Our active participants include corporate and individual members. These are in addition to collaborative partners that have included the Swedish innovation agency Vinnova and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

OUR VISION is to build innovation capabilities through joint development and networking between top representatives from the innovation community.

OUR MISSION is to aggregate, produce and develop methodologies, processes, tools and experiences to enable increased innovation capabilities within the represented organizations as well as for society.

OUR GOAL is to spread knowledge, tools and insights around innovation, and thereby contribute to greater effectiveness, better performance and further growth in members’ firms.

Through an expanded network of contacts and joint projects, we share information, experiences, methods and tools, building value for our network companies.