An overview of work done by at three universities using the SynNovation approach, including top management strategies, measuring the “durability” of innovation skills training, getting student leaders to take ownership of a major social change, developing new HIV-AIDS interventions, and training some staff and students at a German university in the basics of SynNovation. As this was written in 2012, there has been more such work since.

Assessing the value of Synectics principles for Business students – Retha Scheepers & Lana Coetzee

A report on research at Stellenbosch University in which the knowledge and skills of final year BCom students was measured before, immediately after and three months after SynNovation training. Results were that students had gained new insights, retained skills over time, and that the training had had positive effects on students’ self-knowledge, class climate and class contribution levels.
“The generic skills transferred during the workshop should enable students to exit the University as more well-rounded individuals equipped to face challenges in the business world, where innovation has become a strategic success factor.”

Stimulating Collaborative Innovation in Product Development and Manufacturing: Using the SynNovation Approach – Truida Prekel

Manufacturers must become more innovative as markets constantly change due to influences including customer preferences, logistics, environmental and safety considerations, technology, competition, and legislation. They also need to ensure cost effectiveness and minimise waste in the supply chain. SynNovation works with firms to develop creative, practical solutions with high levels of buy-in. This includes facilitated innovation sessions with shared solutions and action plans, and training key people in the process, to act as “innovation champions.” Key principles of the process are discussed, and examples given of applications in various industries.