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Seven Best Practices to Create an Innovation Center

Published: 18 January 2016

ID: G00278948

Analyst(s): Hans Van Grieken, Mary Mesaglio , Mark Raskino , Jackie Fenn


Many organizations aiming to grow digital innovation capabilities and impact are creating physical innovation centers. This research highlights best practices to help business and technology executives establish innovation centers delivering on dual goals of creative exploration and business value.

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  • Key Challenges



  • Determine the Goals for the Innovation Center
  • Select Location Based on Access to Talent and Ecosystems
    • Country and City
    • Urban or Campus
    • Proximity to Headquarters or Other Facilities
  • Ensure Funding, Staffing and Resources Match Your Ambitions
  • Focus Programs on Areas of Opportunity and Growth That Require Central Attention
  • Design Activities to Span the Innovation Process
  • Clarify the Relationship to Internal and External Partners
  • Measure Qualitative as Well as Quantitative Outcomes for Creativity and Business Value

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