To further embed innovation in the organization and guide Volvo CE’s innovation process, 30 employees have been trained to become ‘iCoaches’. The global innovation coaches have learnt to lead meetings in a creative way which will inspire innovation, they understand how to capture an idea and know how to apply for patents. The team consists of employees from different locations including Sweden, Korea, the US and Germany, with more to follow.
Volvo CE’s first ‘iCoach Days’ meeting was held at the end of last year. At the event external innovation experts shared their knowledge and led workshops about such things as ‘how and why innovation happens’, ‘how to communicate cross-functionally’ and ‘innovation management’. Professor Larsson, who is collaborating with Volvo CE on innovative product development, discussed ‘ambidextrous organizations’ – companies that manage existing solutions while also pursuing new innovations which will define their future.
“There is much more to measuring how innovative a company is than the number of patents granted,” says Professor Larsson. “Volvo CE is assessing its innovation capability and looking at what it can do to increase its innovative performance – ensuring its customers are working in the most productive, efficient, safe and sustainable way. You can’t measure innovation on sales figures – you have to measure it before the product is on the market, in the early phases of concept development. Volvo CE is working in a very modern way and is alongside some of the most innovative companies in the world.”
Volvo Construction Equipment’s On Board Weighing system for its F-Series haulers was recently announced a winner in the Intermat 2012 Innovation Awards. The awards aim to reward the most innovative equipment and techniques in the industry. Volvo’s revolutionary On Board Weighing system is available for its Full Suspension haulers and gives an unprecedented insight into machine productivity. The system monitors the input of weight on the machine from pressure sensors and relays this information to load software integrated into the hauler’s electronics.
Text: Charlie Ebers
Picture 1: Innovation is at the core of Volvo CE’s business, technologies that are in their infancy today have the potential to revolutionize machines of the future.
Picture 2: The Sfinx – Volvo CE’s innovative concept vehicle for an excavator of the future.
Picture 3: Jenny Elfsberg, director of the emerging technologies department at Volvo CE, with innovation expert Professor Tobias Larsson.
Picture 4: Volvo CE’s On Board Weighing System for its F-Series haulers was announced as a winner in this year’s Intermat 2012 Innovation Awards.
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