Spinoffs help big companies innovate at scale

06/23/2010 | Business-Strategy-Innovation.com

Big, successful companies often find it hard to produce meaningful innovation at a scale that matches their ambitions, writes John Sviokla. One option is for companies to seed independent spinoffs to develop high-risk, high-reward projects, on the condition that the parent company gets first refusal on any inventions. That lets innovators work in a genuine startup culture, but still allows the bigger company to incorporate their successes into its own R&D process.

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