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Innovation is at the heart of any great business. But how do you know which ideas are worth pursuing? These articles will show you how to harness creativity in your business and how to keep innovating and trying new things. You'll learn how to stop wasting time and why failure can be positive. 

Seven ingredients for a successful side project

Read these tips if you're thinking of starting a side project this year.

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Promoting inclusive growth

How to build an ambitious new ecosystem in the developing world. 

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The right kind of hierarchy

Why eradicating hierarchy can be bad for innovation.

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How to get your employees to think like hackers

Improve cyber security while encouraging staff to be more inquisitive and imaginative.

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Harness big data through the power of storytelling

Focus on stories – not spreadsheets – to make the most of the big data revolution.

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How Unilever turned sustainability into growth

Embrace corporate sustainability to drive growth and protect the planet.

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Get the most from social tools

Don’t just jump on the bandwagon. Avoid these traps and make social tools work for your firm.

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How to inspire 'next-gen' creativity

Use these four guiding principles to define your vision and inspire your teams.

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Why you need a plan for augmented reality

Augmented reality is the new digital revolution.

Here’s what it is, what it can do, and how to plan for it.

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How boards can support innovation

Today, avoiding risk is the riskiest proposition of all.

Learn to embrace uncertainty and build a sense of shared ownership with management to foster innovation.

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How to improve your innovation strategy

Innovation is often viewed as more art than science.

Here's a structured approach to developing new products, using ‘patient’ and ‘impatient’ innovation strategies.

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Tailor design thinking to suit your company

Design thinking may be the go-to approach for positive change, but all too often it fails to deliver.

Discover the key steps to help your company use design thinking effectively.

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Six steps to creating an innovation culture

Your company must foster a culture of innovation in order to take advantage of the recent resurgence of corporate R&D departments.

Here's how to create an innovation culture in your firm.

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How to navigate the hub economy

The global economy is coalescing around a few digital superpowers. A winner-take-all world is emerging where economic power is now concentrated in the hands of a few digital “hub firms”.

Here’s how you can push back.

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Want to lead the next industrial revolution?

Digitisation is ushering in a dramatic change to the infrastructure underlying industrial civilisation.

If you want to be a leader of the “next industrial revolution”, you must act now.

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The art and science of decision making

Could an excessive reliance on data analysis be limiting your company’s scope for imagination and innovation?

Management is more than just a science; discover an alternative approach to business strategy.

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How to adapt your culture to the digital world

For continued success in our digitally driven age, your company’s culture needs some close scrutiny.

It’s up to you to take a strong lead rather than hold out for an organic organisational shift.

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Three steps to find your next big innovation

When you develop new technologies you can never be sure how the market will respond. Yet the future of a given technology is not as unforeseeable as it might seem.

Here's a three-step method to help you anticipate the next development in your industry. This exercise isn’t just for high-tech firms; it’s been used with managers from grocery stores to hospitals.

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How to compete in the new borderless economy

The onward march of digitisation will change the nature of the game for everyone – including your company – over the next ten years.

It's time to recognise and accept this impending change and create a gameplan for a borderless economy.

Here are your four new critical priorities. 

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Four ways to turn your product into a platform

Five of the ten most valuable companies in the world – Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft – get much of their worth from their “multisided platforms”.

Writing for Harvard Business Review, Andrei Hagiu and Elizabeth J Altman outline four ways you can turn your products and services into a platform, and examine the strategic advantages and pitfalls of each.

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Create a winning team to drive innovation

Build creative dissonance into your team and you’ll turbocharge digital innovation.

If there’s one trait humans possess that artificial intelligence (AI) does not, it’s the ability to think outside the box. 

To profit from AI’s ability to accelerate innovation, build your team around creatives who, collectively, combine these six contrasting personalities.

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Slow and steady wins the innovation race

People think of innovation as a fast-moving process that brings about large-scale change almost overnight.

But there is an alternative. A low-key approach which takes effect gradually over a much longer term. And it’s called “slow innovation”.

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How to transform your firm into an innovation hub

For innovation to thrive, you must create space for open, free-form interaction and engagement.

Get it right – build and nurture innovation-friendly networks – and the ideas will flow.

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Six ways to adapt to digital fragmentation

The future of global business is digital. But cross-border barriers make doing business ever more complex.

Here’s how to adapt and thrive in a fragmented world.

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