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New Study Shows Companies Are Hungry To Leverage Open Innovation To Drive Growth, Yet Internal Processes Are Holding Them Back

CLEVELAND, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  NineSigma, Inc., the leading innovation partner to organizations worldwide, today announced the release of its OI (Open Innovation) Scorecard Survey Report. The report presents insights from a survey of over 750 organizations worldwide, regarding their readiness, progress, and results related to OI.

The OI Scorecard Report from NineSigma shows the 3 levels of collaboration organizations embrace to become successful open innovation leaders – from internal collaboration to collaboration with existing networks, and finally collaboration with a vast global innovation community that includes solution providers outside their industries and/or technical disciplines.

Download the free OI Scorecard Report to review full results.

When innovation is pursued and achieved as a core organizational goal, amazing things happen. Products and services leapfrog the competition, development timelines go from years to months and the future is limitless. This report shows that OI is not just being used by large enterprises, but is increasingly important to mid-sized businesses. It also reveals that organizations with over $1 billion in revenues tend to collaborate with suppliers and university partners while smaller organizations are more likely to collaborate with customers.  

Where organizations stumble in implementing OI strategies, however, is in instituting the right processes to reinforce collaboration. In fact, in all three levels of collaboration, lack of formal processes was reported as the most prevalent obstacle to effective OI. Essentially, companies are standing in their own way.

"We consistently find that organizations which see Open Innovation as central to their culture are able to realize the greatest benefits from it," said Andy Zynga, CEO of NineSigma. "When there is a unified understanding of how OI fits into the various departments and roles throughout an organization, and how it drives the company's success as a whole – that's when breakthroughs start to become the norm and the magic really happens," he added.

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