Frequently Asked Questions

Idélaboratoriet is a consulting company specializing in creativity and innovation. Idélaboratoriet was founded in 2000.

Idélaboratoriet works in the field of creativity and innovation. We create value for our clients for example through innovation strategy planning, facilitation of creative processes, training programs in professional idea creation and implementation of digital idea management solutions.

Idélaboratoriet is Swedish for The Idea Lab.

Idélaboratoriet was founded in Sweden and has its headquarters in Malmö in southern Sweden, but works with clients worldwide.

Idélaboratoriet likes to say that creativity is a process of getting original ideas that have some sort of value and innovation is the profitable implementation of creativity.

Call +46 734 340031. Please do not hesitate to contact us for a discussion on how we can help your organization!


#39 Innovation Starts with an S

Share Button

S seems to be the new black in innovation. Switzerland, Sweden and Singapore – there you have the nations at top three in both of the two recent rankings from World Economic Forum and Insead concerning innovation and competitiveness.  Three countries that are all starting with an S, but that’s about all they have in common, or? Three countries that differ a lot when it comes to their political system, geographic placement, and industry structure. At least after a quick glance. We decided to take a deeper look into the reports to understand how these countries happen to really stand out in the innovation year of 2011.

They pop up several times a year – different nation rankings considering innovation. And usually they tell somewhat the same story, but seldom the rankings are so clearly picking out three top candidates like it did this year in the two studies from WEF (World Economic Forum) and Insead, the French world class business school. Three different countries that look like three quite different cases, and maybe three quite different ways of creating innovation excellence. Maybe there’s not only one recipe for success? Or do they have more in common than you would think? Let’s take a look at what differences and similarities the apply to their recipes cooking…

The Innovation Recipe – similarities
Ok, so what do these countries have in common:

  • One thing that is evident is that these three countries are fairly small population wise ranging from around 5-10 million people. As in the business world it seems like it helps to be small to middle size when it comes to innovation. Maybe the reforms can be made quicker, the decision makers are closer to the action, and rapid change in the global world that be addressed faster?
  • Another thing that is evident is that these three countries are all doing good overall. When it comes to innovation these countries almost ranks top 10 in all the factors mentioned in the surveys, which seems to promote the strategy to promote innovation in an overall, broad perspective. Not just focusing on being especially great in specific niches, but very good overall. More a safe betting strategy, if you will, then putting all eggs in one basket.
  • University-industry collaboration in R&D is also a stronghold that all these S-countries are very strong in. The divide between academia and business seems to be narrow, the doors open and the dialogue flowing. At least more than in many other countries where researchers and business people look upon each other as curious beings that have nothing to do with or learn from the other.

The Innovation Recipe – differences
Similar yes, but still they do differ:

  • When it comes to creative output Sweden and Singapore is at the top, but Singapore ranks way lower. In the creative intangible section Singapore ranks on place 45 – is that a reaction to very stiff, semi-totalitarian political system? If you cannot free your mind, the rest will not follow and new ideas will not pop up. We have seen Singapore coming to Sweden to understand and adopt the principles that made Sweden rank as the most creative country in the world, but we are not sure that the Singapore leaders liked the answers given to them. To make creativity flow, the leaders have to let go. At least of some basic values that has do with personal freedom and expression.
  • But the Singapore government stands out positively in another perspective. They are world class when it comes to procurement of advanced tech products. They make the public scene a test bed for new innovations and are willing to put in money in new systems that have not been tried elsewhere. They have a strong belief in new technology, a strategy that strives for excellence and courage to be a pioneer. Sweden and Switzerland only does OK in this area.
  • And finally Sweden stands out when it comes to its workforce. The availability when it comes to scientists and engineers are very much higher than the other S-countries. The workforce in Sweden has a history of being world class in for example technology and medicine both in the university sector as well as the business sector.

To sum it up; Switzerland has a top position as a result of its continuing strong performance across the board. The country’s most notable strengths are related to innovation, technological readiness, and labor market efficiency, where it tops the Insead’ rankings. Singapore is leading among the Asian economies mostly because the country’s institutions continue to be assessed as the best in the world, both for their lack of corruption and government efficiency. And Sweden is world class foremost because of its significant emphasis on creating the conditions for creativity and innovation-led growth. The quality of its public institutions is also first-rate, with a very high degree of efficiency, trust, and transparency. And so the international beauty contest of innovation continues…

Share Button

Comments are closed.