Innovation Pioneers International AB

New Team Approach to Breakthrough Innovation

Pressmeddelande   •   Maj 22, 2014 11:43 CEST

Innovation Pioneers released the recommendation May 22 following a one-day summit of senior corporate leaders hosted by IKEA in Älmhult. The summit focused on identifying strategies to building teams built to innovate. The meeting included senior business representatives from the innovation sector, including AstraZeneca, Alfa-Laval and Stora Enso.

“To create outstanding innovations, we are looking at new ways of thinking that put the team, rather than any single individual, at the center of creating new products and services,” said Eva-Carin Banka Johnson, the Innovation Pioneers Chairman. “This requires that we capitalize on different points of view, create the right kind of leadership and commit our companies to this new approach.”

The summit including 50 senior industry representatives is one of four high-level dialogues and knowledge-sharing events, or “Tank Meetings,” held annually by Innovation Pioneers. The events lead up to Innovation in Action, the Network’s two-day workshop-based symposium Nov. 18-19 in Stockholm.

The summit focused on investigating new insights for developing innovative teams. The participants identified crosscutting practices. These included a commitment to teams, rather than rewarding single individuals, for innovation results. They also included an appreciation of the challenge in integrating diverse points of view that push teams to consider neglected perspectives on development of product and services.

In addition, the summit identified greater flexibility in time-bound and deadline-oriented approaches as well as inclusion of structured team reflection. “We are seeing the need for a shift in many companies from a traditional approach to one that challenges long-standing practices, ” said Allan Freedman, the Innovation Pioneers Network director. “It is an achievable challenge essential for any company committed to growth through breakthrough innovations.”

For more information in English, contact Allan Freedman,

For more information in Swedish, contact Linda Fredell,

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Aktivitet: Innovation Pioneers Tank Meeting #2 - Agile, Diverse Teams

Datum: 20-21 maj

Plats: IKEA of Sweden, Älmhult

Antal deltagare: 50

Profil deltagare: Innovation leaders and practitioners 

Grundarna i nätverket består av innovationsansvariga från följande bolag: Alfa Laval, Atira, Veryday, Ericsson, Googol, Hjälpmedelsinstitutet, IKEA, Innventia, SCA, Sony Ericsson, Stora Enso, Tetra Pak, och Uponor.