Innovation Articles

By Ron Ashkenas, Markus Spiegel

Your Innovation Team Shouldn’t Run Like a Well-Oiled Machine


Over the past several years, we have compared successful and unsuccessful innovation teams in a dozen global organizations. One of our key findings was that teams functioning more like machines – blindly following highly defined processes and execution plans — were the least effective at achieving their goals and coming up with innovations. The most successful teams, on the other hand, operated less like highly efficient machines and more like ant colonies.