Friday, March 30, 2007

APQC Knowledge Transfer Session: Successfully Embedding Innovation

I just returned back to Seattle from Houston!!! While in Houston, I spent two days with an eclectic group of senior executives discussing the ins and outs of building innovation programs. A diverse group of organizations was present at the meetings – Accenture, BD, Boeing, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, Fisher-Price Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Praxair Inc., Aramco Services Company, Siemens AG, U.S. Army, Army Research Laboratory, U.S. Army, ARDEC, U.S. Army, TARDEC, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Government Accountability Office, U.S. Navy, Carrier Team One, IBM, Air Products and Chemicals Inc., Boston Scientific, Computer Sciences Corporation, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, and Hewlett-Packard.

I had the distinct pleasure of giving the opening and closing talks during the two days. My opening talk focused on strategic actions and issues that organizations need to consider while building sustainable innovation programs. To close the meeting, I addressed how managers should turn ideas into action for business value.

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