Case Studies: g-i
Here you can find a variety of case studies on the subject of innovation.
Some of these are written by us, and others by collaborators and colleagues. To discuss any of these studies further please do get in touch via our contact page.
Gunfire at sea
A famous case study which highlights the challenges of introducing radical ideas into established organisations. This is a classic study of the problems of innovation adoption, describing how an apparently ‘better’ innovation can be resisted and offering a rich understanding of the many factors contributing to this. It is based on the work of Elting Morison and these links are to a chapter in his book Gunfire at sea and to an article he wrote on the story: A case study of innovation. You might use the ‘accelerating diffusion’ activity to explore this case further.
Hasselblad was a major camera manufacturer well-respected for its technical features which meant its equipment was widely used by professionals; it was part of the moon landing equipment which sent back the first pictures from the surface. But along with Kodak and Polaroid it experienced serious disruption with the advent of digital imaging. In this case Christian Sandstrom explores the story. It offers some helpful insights into the challenge of architectural innovation and knowledge management within an organization.
Hella overview and innovation history
Detailed case study of a major German producer of automotive components, especially headlights and electronics. A number of chapters focus on different aspects of their innovation history and on the way they are dealing with current challenges in innovation management – see below.
Building an innovation fleet at Hella
This case reviews the ways in which an organization builds additional capacity for innovation as it grows. It uses the metaphor of putting together a fleet of ships designed to undertake different kinds of ‘innovation voyage’. It also highlights the need for continuing review and for ‘innovation model innovation’.