Organizational requirements:
Organizational structure is key to enabling innovation.  Effective reporting lines, cross-functional support and the correct match of skill sets are critical.

Organizational Alignment:  
Let’s use the concepts of “hardware” and “software” to articulate organizational needs for effective innovation.  I call incentives the “hardware” of organizational alignment.  In alignment, soft skills (“software”) can only get so far.  Fundamental alignment of incentives – the real “hardware” – is critical to success in innovation in large organizations.

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”  
Culture is affected by all of these factors, but ultimately it is the most important element of all. Without an environment wh