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Driving Knowledge Management for Innovation

(The Conference Board of Canada, 32 pages, May 2015)
Good knowledge management (KM) and innovation are strongly connected. Drawing on a literature review and interviews with innovative organizations, this briefing identifies and explores KM best practices.

Navigating and Managing Technology-Driven Change: A Guide for Planning and Action

(The Conference Board of Canada, 8 pages)
Technology can improve the performance and productivity of organizations. But many face barriers to selecting, implementing, and using technologies to achieve benefits. This Planning and Action Guide can help.

Navigating and Managing Technology-Driven Change: What It Is and How to Deal With It

(The Conference Board of Canada, 27 pages, March 2015)
This briefing addresses why Canadian firms lag on information and communication technologies (ICT) investment, the consequences for innovation and productivity, and what can be done to stimulate more effective ICT adoption.

Driving Creativity and Commercialization: Innovation by Design

(The Conference Board of Canada, 25 pages, November 2014)
This briefing examines three initiatives—innovation ecosystems, sandboxes, and harnessing the power of big data—implemented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create a thriving innovation culture.

Adopting Digital Technologies: The Path for SMEs

(The Conference Board of Canada, 138 pages, February 2014)
This briefing addresses the issue of digital technology adoption for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It examines lessons learned and identifies best practices for and barriers to adoption.

Leading Innovation for Business Value and Growth

(The Conference Board of Canada, 14 pages, November 2013)
The role of the Chief Information Officer has changed. This briefing examines how CIOs can influence—and drive—innovation in their organizations.

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Inside the Labyrinth: Connecting Innovators to Risk Capital

The objective of this report is to improve the efficiency of the innovative start-up fund raising process by educating investors and investees about the process. It also suggests ways that the Conference Board’s Centre for Business Innovation (CBI) could improve innovation finance through the development of tools and templates for entrepreneurs.

Report | July 2017 | Michael Grant | The Conference Board of Canada

S’orienter dans le dédale : l’accès des innovateurs au capital-risque

Ce rapport vise à améliorer l’efficience du processus de financement de départ de projets innovants en le faisant mieux connaître aux investisseurs et aux demandeurs de fonds. Il suggère aussi comment le Centre pour l’innovation des entreprises pourrait contribuer à améliorer le processus.

Résumé | 65 pages | July 2017 | Michael Grant | Le Conference Board du Canada

Creating Innovation via the Competitive Value Guide: A Glance Inside the Corporate Innovation Management Tool

Many companies are wasting time and money due to haphazard company-level innovation management. Corporate innovation success starts with properly aligned leadership that nurtures a culture of entrepreneurship and pursues innovation comprehensively, competitively and methodically with the right metrics to ensure tangible value where it counts: in the market. The Conference Board of Canada has just released the Competitive Value Guide (CoVG) report describing a cloud-based software tool dedicated to helping corporate leadership and public/private investment institutions make smarter investments, handle executive misalignments and adopt effective corporate innovation management practices. In this 60-minute webinar, Sorin Cohn will walk participants through the CoVG tool and its capacity to perform targeted competitive analyses, probe the executive understanding of business models, innovation strategies, management practices and corporate alignments.

Recorded Webinar | June 2017 | Sorin Cohn | The Conference Board of Canada

Signposts of Innovation: Toward Better Innovation Metrics for Business—A Primer

Despite the importance of innovation, companies often lack a comprehensive framework to measure it. This report reviews approaches to measure innovation and presents a comprehensive, flexible framework to guide business decisions.

Report | 32 pages | June 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Understanding Israel’s Innovation Ecosystem: Webinar on the Lessons Learned from the 2016 Study Tour

The Conference Board of Canada recently conducted an Innovation and Cyber Tech Cluster Study Tour in Israel. The goal of this tour was to learn about Israel’s world-class innovation skills, capabilities, and performance and connect how those lessons and experiences can help Canadian innovation stakeholders. Israel is a world innovation leader, boasting world-class innovation skills, capabilities, and performance. The country’s business research and development spending is among the highest of OECD countries, and its high-tech firms attract massive amounts of venture capital. Israel also demonstrates an impressive ability to develop and benefit from niche capacities in its innovation ecosystem, such as its CyberSpark research park—home to multinational technology companies that are investing in and revolutionizing the future of cyber security.

Recorded Webinar | May 2017 | Paul Preston | The Conference Board of Canada

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