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The Role of the Chief Innovation Officer in Digital Business Transformation

Published: 21 March 2014

ID: G00260610

Analyst(s): Jackie Fenn , Ken McGee


To embrace the opportunities of digital business, organizations must refine their innovation focus and skills. Chief innovation officers, chief digital officers and other innovation-oriented executives play essential and complementary roles in identifying and delivering industry-changing innovation.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Recommendation 1: Allocate critical innovation responsibilities to specific enterprise roles, ensuring that purpose, process and people responsibilities are all addressed.
  • Recommendation 2: Clarify innovation objectives among relevant executives.
  • Recommendation 3: Expand the set of innovation programs, approaches and techniques your organization uses.

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