THE UNITE Definition Of Search Fields & Opportunity Spaces

The Search Field and Opportunity Space frame your entire innovation initiative(s) up to portfolio level. They fundamentally help you define the general problem you want to solve and help you shape the areas where you could offer viable solutions.
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  • Definition of the Search Field with examples
  • The UNITE Search Field Matrix
  • Definition of the Opportunity Space
  • The UNITE Business Intentions, helping you define your Business Intention in context
  • The UNITE Innovation Approach | Overview
  • The UNITE Innovation Approach | Stages 1, helping you understand at what stage and in what context you need to define the Search Field

The Search Fields and Opportunity Spaces will help you strategically define and assess where you want to innovate

The Opportunity Space gives you the guidance required for your innovation initiative

Allows you to even define an entire innovation portfolio

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I completely re-evaluated the role of innovation in business growth: before reading this book I have to admit I thought it only entailed product new features and technologies enhancements, while now I see it has everything to do with meeting customer needs and uncovering a business USP, which automatically translates in sales! Could not recommend it more!

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We’been willing to innovate our business for some years now, but then we always got stuck before we even started, because basically we had no idea where to start…This book helped us do just that: find the right starting point with guiding questions and an incredibly comprehensive innovation overview.

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Why we use it

True innovation efforts search for new products and Business Models, they don’t figure out how to better execute existing ones. So, we start our process of innovation by defining a Search Field, a general topic cluster that identifies the markets, products, technologies, and trends in which you want to innovate. The Opportunity Space subsequently helps you refine what you really want to focus on.

How It Works

Like your Business Intention, the Search Field provides thematic focus and high-level orientation. To begin to define your Search Field, ask yourself, which industry do you want to focus on? Who are you addressing? What types of challenges do they have? After this, you may want to clarify which level of abstraction you want to act on. Do you want to change the world and create a totally new Business Model, or do you want to focus on a more targeted product or service innovation?
With the help of the Search Field Matrix, you can then go deeper and assess your Search Field through a number of different dimensions. This could include taking on different perspectives, including technologies, core & differentiating capabilities, fields areas of application, market segments, or technical competencies.

Last but not least, you can break down each Search Field into a number of distinct Opportunity Spaces, which will ultimately help you create a detailed definition of where you want to innovate.

What is the goal of the model?

Focus. Defining a Search Field and Opportunity Space will allow you to systematically analyze the areas in which you could be innovating. They help you think about what large problem you could be solving, and prioritize spaces where you could productively intervene, while at the same time connecting your innovation process both to your business intention and your company’s strengths and capabilities.

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