Success Factors

In our interviews we have listened to many inspiring stories about innovative projects for a sustainable future. Even though the cases represent a wide variety of sectors, research areas, and stages of the innovation process, we soon realized that they had some common denominators. A pattern that repeated itself in interview after interview. We summarized them in eight Success Factors.

In this section we share these insights with you. For each success factor, we start by describing a related happening, a good example from history. The oldest example is from World war II and the most modern one is from 2020. We explain how this was expressed in the interviews and exemplify with some inspiring quotes from our respondents. Last, but not least, we offer you some possible strategic actions based on learnings from the interviews.

We hope that you find these success factors useful and valuable to your organization, when working with or for innovation. If you have any questions about the material or insights, please do not hesitate to contact us. We love to discuss innovation and sustainable development!

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A Great(er) Vision - Creating a Common Ground

Due to a number of accidents involving employees around the world, a Swedish company operating in the heavy equipment sector, decided to con...

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The Innovative Ecosystem - Cross-sectional Collaboration

"Diversity is the mother of innovation" is a saying we strongly believe in. There are many inspiring collaborations throughout history that have created miracles.

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Caring and Sharing - To Build Trust

In August 2013, Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, published a white paper detailing a “Hyperloop” - a super-fast passenger train that ...

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Prototyping – Continued Development through Testing

At the Consumer Technology Association’s CES 2019 show, the audience got to see the unveiling of Bell Air Taxi cabin - a four-passenger dron...

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The Power of Failing - Creating a Culture for Change

To ‘fail fast’ has become a buzzword when it comes to innovation - often associated with start-ups. One of our favorite stories is that of the gaming company Supercell.

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Disruptive Development - Finding Balance Between Structure and Chaos

You have probably heard the story about a 24-year-old engineer named Steven Sasson who invented digital photography. In 1975, while working ...

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Add Heart and Soul - Motivating through Inspiring Stories

Legend has it that a young boy, travelling from the UK to the US with Virgin Atlantic, turned up at the airport holding a goldfish in a bag.

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Roll-Out Plan- Conquering the Innovation Paradox

"The value of an idea lies in the using of it”, is the famous quote by Thomas Edison. The value of innovations is nothing until they are rolled out and scaled up.