Properly defined, the Chief Innovation Officer’s role is too large to handle without a dedicated team of people to assist them with the execution of their varied responsibilities. Over the past few weeks I have identified a number of roles that I would want on my team in the corporate innovation function.
There has been a lot written about open innovation concepts and the value of broad collaboration with experts in different fields. There is also a large and growing cadre of consultants that can help improve different aspects of innovation. What I don’t see very often is a structure that incorporates outside perspectives on an ongoing basis on the major decisions facing a Chief Innovation Officer.