Top innovation consulting firms
Compare innovation consultancies: Here's a list of the top innovation consulting firms and business design agencies around the world.
Looking for the best innovation consulting firm?
Finding the best innovation agency to help you out can be a huge challenge. Do you need the traditional design thinking mindset of IDEO, the business capability of McKinsey, or a hands-on business design and innovation strategy expertise? There is a wide spectrum of innovation consulting services around. So we’ve compiled an ebook breaking down the offerings of the world’s leading agencies.
Yes, some of them are our competitors. But so what? Our long-term mission is to inspire 100 million people to innovate for a better tomorrow. And doing so requires collaboration.
From programs to help you optimize your innovation budget, to business-oriented formats – which prioritize delivering value – and talent development programs which create long-term innovation capabilities, it can be difficult to make the right choice for your organization and its level of innovation maturity. Let’s give you an overview of the different clusters, so you can solve your corporate innovation challenge.
Innovation agencies compared
Overview of innovation consulting services.
Some aspects to take into account when deciding which innovation agency you want to work with are:
- the expertise of the innovation consultants;
- the innovation methodology they use;
- client portfolio & sector focus;
- strings attached – after setting up an innovation program for you, some agencies may encourage you to source technical capabilities from their affiliates regardless of whether they are the best choice. Keep an eye out for these biases.
Firms focused on design thinking
IDEO compared to ?What if! or Fjord
These types of innovation agencies have a strong background in design thinking methodologies. In their innovation teams, you can often encounter service designers, human-centered designers or business innovation consultants with hands-on design skills.
Design and innovation consultancy firms like this can be found more & more. The success of design driven startups like AirBnB & Tesla has pushed this category to new heights! More examples in this cluster would be Jump Associates, Lunar, Frog, or Claro.
Firms focused on business model innovation
Innosight versus Fahrenheit 212
The best business innovation consultancy firms are not specialized in just one discipline but cover a wide range of capabilities.
Consultancies in this category are often more focused on business model innovation, new branding, or marketing concepts. Compared to the previous group, more innovation consultants in this category have a background in innovation management, marketing or economics. Other related agencies are Happen, The Doblin Group or Continuum.
Mixed innovation strategy & business design focus
Our approach at Board of Innovation
At Board of Innovation, we aim to combine the best of both worlds. Our innovation consultancy firm consists of experts in business model innovation, lean startup, and design thinking. Our experience in a broad range of industries, both B2B as B2C, puts us in a unique position to encourage non-obvious solutions. And we’re an independent business design and innovation strategy firm, so rather than link our services to in-house technical capabilities, we’ll only recommend the best collaborators for your organization’s unique needs.
Top innovation consulting firms
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