Innovating during a downturn

In the last 12 months, “innovation has become more important, not less,” according to innovation expert Vijay Govindarajan.

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Here’s an interesting new video clip showing innovation expert Vijay Govindarajan discussing the importance of innovation in a downturn. A few highlights of Govindarajan’s comments:


  • In the last 12 months, “innovation has become more important, not less.”
  • If you take a look at recessions in the last century, after a recession, “the competitive landscape changes; there are new winners and new losers. And the new winners are always ones who have focused on innovation.”
  • But you have to pursue innovation differently in an environment where cost control is a priority. Govindarajan’s advice?  “Look at your innovation portfolio and pick fewer projects. Do them well.”

You can watch the video quickly; it’s a little over three minutes long. (Note: The video appears to have been informally produced, and you’ll hear some background noise.)

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Sound principles always yield good results. Unfortunately not everyone agrees and we (taxpayers) are helping large companies perpetuate their gloom and only delay the inevitable.

My earlier comments elswhere: