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Innovation

Articles, reports and other resources  that enable accountants in business to make a real difference to their organisations by providing them with practical information on the latest thinking in innovation.

Wonderful new world

Britain may have lagged in the innovation stakes, but as Michelle Perry discovers, there is a huge drive in government and business to put the nation back on the world development stage.

Control by design: Managing innovation

Accounting controls can be seen as a barrier to innovation. But as an American Accounting Association guest panel explained to Rick Payne, it is worth getting over the hurdles.

Innovation by numbers

Whatever the economic climate, innovation is one of the keys to company success. Steve Coomber explains how keeping one step ahead can give you growth

Innovation in the infrastructure sector

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Given that infrastructure spending is, loosely speaking, defined as spending that is driven by governments, you could be forgiven for thinking that it would be hugely affected by the fallout from the general election. But it’s probably true to say that the economic and market impact of that uncertainty is more important than any differences in policy among the parties and within the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition now in power. This article first appeared as 'Editor’s View: Shaky ground?' in Corporate Financier, magazine of the ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty, in June 2010.

Special report: Innovation

Innovation may seem to be a purely creative process. However, as the authors explain, by following an established set of principles, the transformation of ideas into product can be harnessed to achieve maximum value.

HBR: financial tools can kill innovation

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In this summary of a recent Harvard Business Review article, Clayton Christensen, Stephen Kaufman and Willy Shih argue that financial tools can destroy your capacity to do new things.

Understanding intellectual property

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All businesses depend, to a lesser or greater degree, on intellectual property (IP) - whether of brands, ideas, names, websites or designs. How well protected are your IP assets? Do you understand your rights in this complex area? We offer some guidance.

Winning the future: a business overview

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Joe Nellis identifies which would be the winning business sectors of the future. Here he summarises his arguments.

The innovation value chain

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The challenges of coming up with fresh ideas and realising profits from them are different for every company. One firm may excel at finding good ideas but may have weak systems for bringing them to market. Another organisation may have a terrific process for funding and rolling out new products and services but a shortage of concepts to develop.

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