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As part of Accenture's Innovation Architecture, our Research team shapes trends and creates data-driven thought leadership about the most pressing issues global organizations face.

Combining the power of innovative research techniques with a deep understanding of our clients’ industries, our team of 300 researchers and analysts spans 20 countries and publishes hundreds of reports, articles and points of view every year. Our thought-provoking trends research—supported by proprietary data and partnerships with leading organizations such as MIT and Harvard Business School—guides our innovations and allows us to transform theories and fresh ideas into real-world solutions for our clients.

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We collaborate with more than 200 world-class organizations, including startups, innovation hubs and institutions. These partnerships allow us to research new tools and approaches to help clients solve a variety of business challenges.

The Innovation Maturity Index 2018 explores how much value is at risk in the Middle East and how prepared companies are to fight back.

There is an emerging body of knowledge known as “extended mind” and “embodied cognition” that explains how our cognition is strongly influenced by aspects beyond the brain.

It's not one in 4, it's all of us—why mental health touches everyone.

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Inclusion and diversity

Getting to Equal 2019 reveals that promoting equality isn't just an ethical imperative, it's a business priority.

In an era of epic disruption, digital technologies are helping to spur the scale and pace of innovation. To keep up, business leaders need their employees on board. But people cannot be forced to innovate; to unlock their creative potential, they need to be empowered. Our study, "Creating a culture that drives innovation", finds that equality in the workplace is a stronger predictor of the innovative potential of its employees than a range of other factors—including diversity, education, company size, sector and location.


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How Global Brands Can Respond to Local Competitors

Big global brands in the consumer-packaged-goods industry are facing a competitive wake-up call in emerging markets.


Why companies investing in innovation actually underperform

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The future of AI will be about less data, not more

Understand the impact of applications and machines that are becoming less artificial and more intelligent.


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