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There are threetypes of innovation that an organization can choose to pursue: incremental, breakthrough, transformational. On type is not better or worse than another but they may require different processes to achieve success.

1. Transformational is the most difficult because it changes the way we live and often makes big companies, even whole industries, obsolete in a short period of time. Most organizations are loath to pursue ideas that will make themselves obsolete. Unfortunately, this is one of the reasons that they die. The computer and entertainment electronics industries have been prime examples of this. How many of us have audio 8-track machines, cassette players, videotape cameras, recorders and players, bag phones, clunker desktop computers, etc. sitting in our basements? In most cases transformational innovation starts in someones “garage;” by a visionary outsider. It rarely happens within the walls of an organizational structure.

2. Incremental Innovation – If transformational innovation sits at one end of the innovation spectrum, then the opposite end is Incremental Innovation. This is the kind that most of us are used to pursuing. It focuses on the kinds of improvement that keep a product, brand or company in the game. They tend to be line or brand extensions, new bells & whistles, new packaging, new improved ingredients, etc. In fact, an Advertising Age innovation study several years ago concluded that over 60% of innovations claimed by the consumer products industry were nothing more than packaging improvements. Nevertheless, it is instrumentalism that fuels most of the competition experienced in any industry. And it is this type of innovation that requires:

Multi-disciplined, cross-functional collaboration
Strong, definable metrics at each decision-making point (i.e. A Process like Stage Gate see the Process Module under this topic)
Consensus-based decision making between multiple stakeholder functions
Internal competition for people, money, and operational resources, such as:
Packaging development
Qualitative and quantitative market research
The interruption of production lines for short, unprofitable test market runs
Distribution channel support in small test market geographies where channel competition is fierce enough for the established brands (who has the bandwidth to push the new ones [sales] or hear about them [buyers]?)

Promotional and advertising development
The amount of resources that are made available for this type of innovation are almost always tied to current business performance;

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