The Innovation Pyramid

The Innovation Pyramid is both a tool and a process for strategic innovation.

We have been working on the framework and the visuals (coming soon) for several months. Through a series of workshops and seminars, and now, more recently, through a series of executive applications, we are happy to be sharing the model openly. In short, it works.

Our work here is greatly inspired by several thinkers, researchers and authors on innovation and strategy. It is only by studying their work we have been able to develop ours. While much is done, even more remains before we are fully satisfied with the process and framework.

For now, however, we are happy to state that the Innovation Pyramid

is a tool to develop a shared language, shared understanding and shared action around innovation.

is both a strategy tool and a fun process to challenge the organization to dream bigger, drive change and make innovation happen.

along with visual thinking facilitation, helps companies innovate how they innovate.

We are now working up an academic journal article, outlining the development behind and the application of the Innovation Pyramid. Stay tuned.

For a selection of references, please see:

Model structure and content
Afuah, Allan (2003) Innovation Management, pg. 13 – 46
Andersen, Michael Moesgaard (2010) Return on Strategy: how to achieve it
Anthony, Scott D., (2008) Innovator’s Guide to Growth: Putting Disruptive Innovation to Work
Design workshop (2011a) Action research workshop. Stavanger, Norway
Design workshop (2011b) Action research workshop, Stavanger, Norway
Hamel, Gary (2007) The Future of Management
Markides, Constantinos (2008) Game-Changing Strategies: How to Create New Market Space in Established Industries by Breaking the Rules
Skarzynski, Peter and Gibson, Rowan (2008) Innovation to the Core: A Blueprint for Transforming the Way Your Company Innovates
Tidd, Joe and John Bessant (2009)Managing Innovation: Integrating Technological, Market and Organizational Change
Visual thinking design
Allee, Verna (2002) The Future of Knowledge: Increasing Prosperity through Value Networks
Duarte, Nancy (2008) slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations
Duarte, Nancy (2010) Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences
Osterwalder, Alexander and Pigneur, Yves (2010) Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers 
Roam, Dan (2008) The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Picture
Sibbet, David (2010) Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes and Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity.
Sveiby, Karl-Erik (2002) K-MAP – Knowledge Management Activity Planning Toolkit

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