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Corporate Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship

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Approaching corporate innovation involves fostering a culture that encourages creativity, experimentation, and risk-taking. It’s about strategically integrating innovative thinking into every aspect of the business, from product development to customer service. Companies often establish dedicated innovation teams, invest in research and development, and collaborate with startups or use open innovation platforms. The key is to create an environment where innovative ideas are welcomed, tested, and implemented, driving the company towards growth and competitive advantage.

Measuring corporate innovation can be complex, as it involves both quantitative and qualitative metrics. Common measures include the number of new products or services launched, the percentage of revenue from new products, and the efficiency of R&D processes. Qualitative measures might include employee engagement in innovation initiatives or the impact of innovation on customer satisfaction. Effective measurement combines these metrics to provide a comprehensive view of the innovation’s impact on the company’s growth and market position.

Companies manage corporate innovation by establishing clear innovation strategies, processes, and governance structures. This often involves setting up innovation labs or incubators, forming strategic partnerships, and investing in training and development programs to nurture innovative thinking among employees. Management plays a crucial role in aligning innovation with business goals, allocating resources, and ensuring that innovative projects are effectively integrated into the company’s overall strategy.

The corporate entrepreneurship approach involves applying entrepreneurial methods and mindsets within a large organization. It’s about driving innovation and growth by encouraging employees to think and act like entrepreneurs. This approach includes developing new business models, exploring new markets, and fostering intrapreneurship, where employees are empowered to develop new ideas and ventures within the company’s framework.

An example of corporate entrepreneurship is Google’s ‘20% time’ policy, where employees are encouraged to spend 20% of their time working on innovative projects outside of their regular responsibilities. This policy has led to the creation of successful products like Gmail and AdSense, demonstrating how fostering entrepreneurial spirit within a corporation can lead to significant innovations.

The advantages of corporate entrepreneurship include increased innovation, improved competitive positioning, enhanced employee engagement, and the ability to respond quickly to market changes. It helps companies to stay relevant in rapidly changing industries, fosters a culture of continuous improvement, and can lead to the development of new revenue streams and business models.

Corporate venturing is the practice of a large company investing in external startups or creating its own ventures as a way to access new technologies, markets, and talent. This can include direct financial investments, creating joint ventures, or setting up corporate venture capital arms. Corporate venturing allows established companies to tap into innovative ideas and entrepreneurial talent, fueling growth and staying ahead in the innovation race.

Organizations consider corporate venturing to drive innovation, access new technologies, and enter emerging markets. It’s a strategic approach to foster growth, diversify investments, and stay competitive in a fast-paced business environment. Corporate venturing provides a way to experiment with new ideas without the constraints of the main business, offering a balanced mix of entrepreneurial agility and corporate resources.

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Dr. Greg Watson, University of Arizona, Eller College of Management, McGuire Center of Entrepreneurship

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