What innovation manager can learn from the honeybee in regard of opening-up the innovation process

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Bees lived among other animals for more than 100 Mio years. During
that time, they developed solutions to certain challenges. Evolution programmed
precise behavioural patterns into their brains, which must have been highly
successful, as bees continued to exist till today. In this paper the different
challenges bees are facing, and the solutions bees have developed to deal with
those challenges were identified. Those solutions then were used to find solutions for companies to cope with the challenges they are facing in the area of opening-up their innovation processes. This was achieved by mapping the challenges bees are facing to the challenges companies are facing in opening-up their innovation process and applying the solutions the bees have developed on the corresponding challenges of the companies. The result is a portfolio of measure that will help SMEs to cope with their challenges. Measures which are not based on the experiences of consultants but on solutions developed by nature in 100 Mio years.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XXXIV ISPIM Innovation Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia on 04 June to 07 June 2023. ISBN 978‐952‐65069‐3‐7.
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2023
EventISPIM Innovation Conference 2023: Innovation and Circular Economy - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 4 Jun 20237 Jun 2023


ConferenceISPIM Innovation Conference 2023
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