Innovation at 3m

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Q1. How has 3M’s innovation process evolved since the company was founded? Why, if at all, does 3M, known as the “hothouse” of innovation, need to regain historic closeness to the customer?


3M Corporation has small laboratory or research and development section with some technicians and doing experiments on sandpaper and developed some core technology at that time for 3M like masking tapes. After such core technologies development 3M achieved global reputation and become “hothouse” of innovation. However the process grows slowly and allows 3M to recognize user needs because 3M researchers contact different employees in factories.

In 1990’s 3M have 30 key technologies and get much market growth and for more development and
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That is why stage three took longer time as compare to stage I and stage II that is why now it becomes difficult task.

Q4. What should the Medical-Surgical Lead User team recommend to Dunlop: the three new product concepts or a new business strategy? What are the risks to the new Lead User Process at 3M? What are the risks to the Medical-Surgical business unit?


I think Medical-Surgical User team need to recommend to Dunlop the three product recommendation and in these three recommendations the first two recommendations are simple to extend the 3M product lines. But in the fourth recommendation as product development team stuck on upstream containment of infection and suppose to include upstream containment in business strategy and even if 3M Medical division enter in this infection field and applied successfully then it has become a major achievement. On the other hand if the business strategies not succeed then it shows the process of planning is unfortunate and risky for financial prospective and spend lot of time on research and
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