Product and service innovation

Every company, in every industry, needs an innovation strategy — whether it be high-tech product innovation, packaging innovation in consumer goods, or process innovation at financial services companies. Now more than ever, innovation is key to growth, to acquiring and sustaining competitive advantage, and to building shareholder value for the long term. At the same time, the innovation process is fast becoming more open, and more global: Setting up shop in local markets around the world and getting customers more involved in innovation efforts are now a vital part of any successful innovation effort.

Developing a powerful innovation capability is no easy task. PwC’s strategy consulting team Strategy&’s innovation practice has demonstrated again and again, in its annual Global Innovation 1000 research, that there is no correlation between the amount of money a company spends on research and development and its overall financial results. Instead, success depends on a variety of factors, including a company’s openness to new ideas, its ability to manage innovation projects from conception to market introduction, to kill projects early on, if necessary, and to tie new-product development tightly to specific sales, marketing and financial goals.

Since the 1950s, when it introduced the concept of product life-cycle management in the seminal article “How to Organize for New Products” in the Harvard Business Review and created the PERT (Project Evaluation and Review Technique) methodology to streamline the U.S. Navy’s development of the Polaris missile, Strategy& has been a trusted innovation advisor. Our innovation experts can help clients improve their innovation functions, including new-product development, research and development, and engineering. We advise companies on setting strategy, making needed process and organizational changes, building new innovation capabilities, and assessing the scientific and technological robustness of their offerings. Our proven expertise in these areas, combined with our rich industry insight, allows us to identify innovation strategies and processes that are both technically and economically sound.

The 2015 Global Innovation 1000 Study
For the 11th year, Strategy& examined the R&D footprint of some of the world's top companies. We look at how much they are spending on R&D, where, and how that spend has shifted since our last study on this topic in 2008.
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Our thought leadership

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In China, innovation is the first priority for 42% of Chinese companies, compared to 21% of MNCs, according to 2014 China Innovation Study done to nearly 400 executives from Chinese and foreign companies.
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In this Scientific American article, Strategy& senior partner Barry Jaruzelski discusses the special trait that distinguishes Silicon Valley’s firms from ordinary companies.
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Digital engineering technology is unleashing the potential for major advances in industrial product development, from the concept phase through design and testing.
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The Bay Area is famous for its long history of leadership in innovation-based industries. Strategy& worked with the Bay Area Council Economic Institute to identify the strategic, cultural, and organizational attributes that have led to the sustained success of this region.

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How we help our clients

Strategy& has extensive experience with large, international corporations, governments, and organizations, having acted as an independent advisor on issues from developing an overarching innovation strategy to retooling specific R&D processes.

Innovation strategy

Our innovation strategy service offering helps clients define the role of innovation in their pursuit of growth. Our staff provides perspectives on how to achieve strategic objectives through the development of new products, adjacent markets, breakthrough innovations, new value propositions and new business models.

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Global innovation networks

Our global innovation networks service offering enables clients to design, build and optimize innovation on a global scale through the creation of innovation networks that combine R&D, market intelligence, and local talent and resources.

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Product development excellence

Our product development excellence service offering helps companies create strong innovation engines backed by a deep knowledge of customers and the ability to rapidly convert good ideas into successful products.

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Product profitability

Our product profitability service offering helps clients design their products for maximized customer and end-user value, while maintaining cost effectiveness in the delivery of that value.

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Portfolio management

Our portfolio management service offering helps clients increase the health of their innovation portfolio by improving the overall return on their innovation investments — a metric we call ROI2.

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Client examples

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