How Can You Create an Open Innovation Mindset?

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No company today, no matter how big or how prestige, can innovate effectively on its own.

Successful companies do not only rely on their own internal knowledge and resources for innovation but also use external sources to generate new ideas through collaboration with customers, partners, competitors, universities, or start-ups.

In a world of abundant knowledge, not all smart people work for you. To stay innovative and maintain your competitive advantage, you must find a way to tap into the knowledge and expertise outside your own organisation. Organising one hackathon per year might not be enough. It is much more than this: There needs to be a planned process and structure in place that manages the purposive inflow and outflow of knowledge to accelerate innovation.

This also involves collaboration with partners and networks to share the risk and reward of developing new ideas. In fact, as a company you need to become nimble at open innovation — at accessing and exploiting outside knowledge while liberating your own internal expertise for others’ use. Not only you can benefit from ideas you harvest from outside, you can also profit from sharing your own ideas with others.

However, psychological barriers and fears cause employees to not even exchange knowledge with their colleagues within the organization across different teams, departments or subsidiaries. The biggest barrier to open innovation is the lack of an open collaborative culture and an Open Innovation Mindset among the employees.

… but what exactly is an Open Innovation Mindset?

An individual’s values, attitudes, and beliefs that capture an individual’s openness towards KSS (knowledge sourcing and sharing) inside and outside the organizational boundaries.

We understand that this may seem scary in the first place. Such a long time the notion dominated that the only good idea comes from within, that “if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself”. And now suddenly you are supposed to open up and innovate together. Therefore, it is even more important to define a clear strategy, to involve your employees and to enable them to develop an open attitude towards knowledge exchange. This is exactly what we would like to support you with.


Enabling an Open Innovation Mindset

True to the saying “only what is measured can be improved”, we found a way to quantify an Open Innovation Mindset and measure the development over time as well as track employees’ knowledge exchange in real time. Responding to the increasing demand for digital solutions to assess soft skills, we provide an Open Innovation Mindset Evaluation tool that complements our consulting services. With this holistic approach, we support companies in developing a long-lasting shared Open Innovation Mindset within and across organizations.


Enabling a Culture for Innovation

OMIND consulting helps companies tap into the power of open innovation. We leverage our expertise in human resource management (HRM) to build an open innovation culture tailored to your company. We developed an HRM strategy that incorporates the principles of open innovation to help you create breakthrough new products, services and business models that drive growth. We empower your employees through mindset coaching and leadership training to collaborate with smart people outside your own company. The HRM strategy custom-tailored to your needs incorporates a holistic HRM system and offers you practices and tools to get your employees ready for open innovation.

What are you looking to improve?

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  • Team Efficiency

  • Efficient knowledge exchange

  • Success of open innovation projects

  • Collaboration across interdisciplinary teams

  • Increased commitment, motivation and engagement

  • Collaboration and co-creation with external partners

Biggest Barriers to Open Innovation

Cultural and functional differences between teams

Negative attitudes towards open innovation

Missing reward system

Intellectual property protection

Missing infrastructure for collaboration

Do you want to overcome these barriers?

We provide you with the human-centered foundation you need to succeed with your open innovation projects.

  • A ready-to-implement strategy on how to create an open and collaborative culture

  • Scientifically validated and tested processes

  • Quantification of open innovation success (KPIs)

  • Tracking of knowledge exchange

  • Sophisticated analysis to understand the people’s fears, struggles, and barriers

  • Customized mindset training

  • Tailored leadership training

  • Digital solutions to establish reward systems and incentive schemes

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Would you like to build the right foundation for long-term open innovation success in your company?


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