Why Organisations Struggle Despite Investing In Innovation

Discover why organisations are struggling to transform despite investing in innovation. Find your new innovation strategy in this guide by Studio Zao.

The world is changing faster and becoming more unpredictable than ever. Accelerated adoption of emerging technologies like AI and automation, disrupted markets and challenging economic conditions continue to add fuel to fire.

When faced with new and unprecedented challenges the easiest option may seem to be to recoil into survival mode. But, failing to innovate could force your business into further decline, especially during times like the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies see the best results when they rise and adapt to emerging challenges.

Continue reading to discover why organisations struggle to successfully transform their businesses despite efforts to invest in corporate innovation. We’ll also explore how you can effectively tackle this problem by building a culture of intrapreneurship.

What Does a Workforce Fit for the Future Look Like?

Entrepreneurial talent is a key feature of any modern workforce. According to a study by Accenture, 50% of senior executives attribute creativity and entrepreneurial talent to their company’s success in today’s increasingly complex world. 

Building a workforce fit for the future and equipped with entrepreneurial skill sets helps companies overcome uncertainty. While many organisations need entrepreneurial employees, 55% of executives believe their current workforce is not fit for the new world. 

When examining your current workforce, you should look for employees with entrepreneurial traits like:

  • Strong Communication & High Social Awareness. Sharing and presenting innovative ideas with other people clearly and with ease.
  • Creativity. Solving organisational problems with unique solutions and creatively transforming existing ideas or products into something better.
  • The Ability to Deal with Ambiguity. Facilitating resolute decision-making that drives project and long-term company success.
  • Determination & a Resilient Growth Mindset. Allowing for focused development and control as an organisation grows even through difficult and seemingly overwhelming challenges.
  • Problem-Solving and Critical-Thinking Skills. Independently and rationally making decisions and creating practical concepts to build a successful venture.

  • Risk. Effectively and confidently managing high-risk situations.
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The Problem Organisations Face When Developing Entrepreneurial Culture and Corporate Innovation

Research from KPMG shows that executives consider the lack of strategic alignment to be one of the greatest challenges for effective innovation while almost half of all companies consider cultural issues as the biggest obstacle. 

Studies also show that agreeing strategic goals and innovation imperatives should be an essential part of your organisation’s transformation agenda. A Global Innovation 1000 Booz & Co. study found that organisations with both highly-aligned business strategies and an innovative corporate culture enjoy 30% higher growth on their enterprise’s value. 

Transformational innovation often fails when organisations struggle to properly develop, activate, and incentivise entrepreneurial talent within their internal working environment. To successfully transform, executive leaders need to unleash the potential of their ‘Intrapreneurs’ through fostering a culture of innovation that aligns to key business objectives. 

Cultivating an environment that enables innovation presents organisational leaders with an opportunity to harness internal entrepreneurship and set their sights on new ventures.

Build an Innovative Corporate Culture with Transformational Initiatives

Here at Studio Zao, we believe that Intrapreneurs are critical for the success of corporate innovation and development of transformational initiatives. 

Intrapreneurs are the entrepreneurial talent within organisations who deploy their creative problem-solving skills to capitalise on value-generating opportunities. Successful intrapreneurs turn ambitious ideas into scalable solutions or market propositions which contribute to their company’s profitability.

3-Stage Journey to Intrapreneurship-Driven Transformation

We’ve designed a 3-stage journey that empowers employees and delivers intrapreneurial skills from existing talent pools. This journey allows companies to foster intrapreneurship by aligning, empowering and embedding innovation throughout their company culture.

2. ALIGN

Before you can create an innovation roadmap tailored specifically to your organisation, you’ll need to establish a clear understanding of where your company is headed. 

This enables you to gain insights into your current situation, identify gaps in your organisation’s intrapreneurial capabilities and create the foundation of your innovation roadmap. Your roadmap will outline all of your long and short-term goals supported by a measurement framework to track progress.

During this stage, we work closely with the leaders and decision-makers to align your strategic goals with innovation imperatives and intrapreneurial capabilities. Having a structured portfolio of innovation opportunities at your fingertips provides a birds-eye view of the resources needed.

Most recently, we designed an executive-level innovation leadership programme to help the global executive team of Sony Music Entertainment learn and implement strategic methods to create an innovation thesis for experimentation while fostering intrapreneurship.

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2. EMPOWER

The second stage involves empowering and partnering with intrapreneurs to effectively develop innovation strategies that achieve valuable transformation. To truly empower employees, you need to channel the existing intrapreneurial capabilities while also uncovering opportunities to innovate.

Continually upskilling intrapreneurs is a key part of this process. Unleashing intrapreneurial leadership at all levels of your organisation creates continual learning and development opportunities for your team. 

Our approach helps you create and execute innovation acceleration programmes so intrapreneurs in your organisation can ideate, test and experiment with new propositions. Yet, it’s important these creative solutions are aligned to your innovation strategies. 

From ideation to scaling, our innovation coaching is designed to help intrapreneurs de-risk and maximise returns to achieve successful transformation. We worked with Pentland Group to create a venture building innovation programme by identifying 12 innovation challenges. To address the challenges, we designed and delivered a bespoke venture ideation sprint and provided dedicated venture coaching to streamline their innovation development pipeline. Find out more about our work with Pentlands Group in our project case study.

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3. EMBED

The final stage involves embedding intrapreneurship into the DNA of your organisation, so you can continue scaling and sustaining intrapreneurial capabilities into the future.

Through our governance advisory approach, we help organisations implement best practice decision-making and control structures for funding and resource-allocation. Efficient planning is essential for making sure internal environments encourage intrapreneurial activities.

Our measurement advisory strategies coincide to deliver suitable frameworks and tools that monitor, track and measure the intrapreneurial activities and capabilities of your organisation. This allows you to better quantify the progress, impact and value of corporate innovation while creating a culture that supports, incentivises and rewards intrapreneurial behaviours.

During this step of the journey, we create and instil pro-innovation attitudes that are strategically aligned with your company’s transformation roadmap. With a robust organisational structure, controlled ROI measurement, and powerful decision-making mechanisms, we’ll give you a helping hand to drive your company’s innovation endeavours.

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Unleash Intrapreneurship to drive
Strategic Change

$9 trillion of estimated reduction in global GDP over the next 20 months. (Source: IMF)

The global landscape is changing rapidly due to the COVID-19 outbreak, organisations are increasingly focusing on internal business transformation so that they can better adapt to this uncertainty, and thrive in it.

Want to learn more about how intrapreneurs can help your organisation thrive in the face of adversity?

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