Xavier Camps

About Xavier Camps

Xavier Camps is the founder of Innoservice Consulting and an innovation expert. He collaborates with companies in various sectors. His main areas of work are: creation of innovation cultures from the people, innovation management process from the detection of opportunities through to commercialization, and business model innovation. Graduated in Business Administration from the University of Barcelona, and holds an MBA (EADA), an Executive Master in Business Innovation (Deusto Business School) and also an Intra/Entrepreneurship, High-Tech Spin-offs and Innovations programme at the Cambridge Judge Business School. He collaborates as a lecturer with several business schools such as EADA, Loyola Leadership School, Deusto Business School and ENAE Business School in different executive “in company” programmes, giving sessions on innovation management. He is the author of the book, “Cómo llegar a ser una empresa innovadora” in Spanish (Trans. How to become an innovative company) and the blog, “The Jazz Musician” where he writes on innovation related issues and the people who make it possible. The blog received a special mention in the last edition of the HR Blogosphere awards.

Traditionally, innovation has been driven by top management. The typical scenario is that managers meet and after some debating they come up with the strategic goals for the company. This in turn also determines which areas the company will focus on for innovation. This top-down approach puts innovation in a department often separately from the…

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Design Thinking is a method for creative problem solving, based on understanding the in-depth needs of different stakeholder profiles and its goal is to generate solutions that bring value to all stakeholders. The most common applications focus on designing new products, services or business models. Apple, Airbnb, Starbucks, Nintendo, Nike and Google are leading companies…

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HR is largely responsible for shaping the organization’s culture. In those situations where the HR function assumes more strategic tasks, this challenge becomes critical. As this is a cross function serving the people in the organization, HR managers are in a privileged position to build the organization’s culture and to act as its architects. When…

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Innovative companies are able to differentiate themselves from their competitors; they build competitive edge and reach higher levels of satisfaction among their customers. They are more attractive to potential investors and the people who work for them are usually more motivated and engaged. All this converts into increased sales and profits. At this point in…

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Many companies brag about being innovative and reiterate this in corporate reports and in the different messages sent out to society. Settling in offices with large windows, scandinavian design furniture, walls decorated with photographs of Steve Jobs, Einstein and Leonardo Da Vinci, or a common space for playing table football—this is not what I would…

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In the era of the industrial economy, companies were able to succeed by being more efficient than their competitors. Today, in the so-called knowledge and innovation era, that’s not enough. Given the speed at which changes occur, companies must be able to innovate and to constantly offer products and services that offer new value and…

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Managing employee engagement is one of those topics on the agenda of leaders, and particularly HR professionals, in any company. Nevertheless this concept poses several drawbacks. First of all is the difficulty in defining it. Instead of trying to find an abstract and vague definition, perhaps it is easier to understand the concept by describing…

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HR departments must be proactive and make the most of this great opportunity

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