ENTOV-HVM Accelerating Innovation Diffusion - Case Study 1: “Winning the Bid”

Dear all, this first of a series of case studies is aimed at our “invisible college” (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invisible_College) of innovation webs and diffusion of innovation enthusiasts. The case study is a first step towards a case study series in Harvard Business School format that will be integral to the learning curriculum proposed for development in our Knowledge Alliance proposal (see downloads page at www.innovation-web.eu). All comments and suggestions welcome of course. If you would like to try out the case study in your company or with your students please let me know if you would like further guidance on getting best results. If you would like to contribute a case study let us know as well – it will take about two calls of an hour each with some short email exchanges in-between.
Like all of the upcoming case studies, this specific case study is based on a real success story in industry and fully anonymized / abstracted to protect the innocent. Completing the case study should take 2-4 hours depending on the number of participants.
The problem tackled in this case study is:
“Jack works for a medium sized aerospace OEM and is responsible for an internal facility manufacturing  various components in an 18 shift pattern with 1,000 shopfloor and 400 office staff. The facility is bidding against five other internal and three external facilities for an internal long term contract to manufacture components for a new product.
The sourcing decision will be made based on the lowest cost proposal and Jack suspects he needs to reduce his initially estimated cost by 50%. The only way to master this challenge is to implement a new manufacturing method of 150 operations  across 45 machine types and special processes supported by new IT systems within 3 months of winning the contract and at a cost of 20% of the current proposal. In the past similar changes have taken at least 5 years and cost at least three times the initially proposed cost.
If his facility does not win the contract, Jack expects that he will need to reduce 30% of his shopfloor and office staff  immediately and the future of the facility as a whole is threatened. Jack has heard of a new method called “innovation” webs to massively reduce the time  (and thus costs) of designing, developing, implementing and diffusing the needed manufacturing methods and IT systems.
Jack has asked you to advise him of what he needs to consider in order to implement the “innovation web” approach for mastering the challenge described. After a discussion with a colleague of Jack at another facility you have prepared the map of a similar previous challenge that was resolved at another facility.”

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