If you want to get an inside view of how companies innovate, check out the upcoming Core77 conference on February 28 in New York. Google's Marissa Ann Mayer will be there, along with Jeneanne Rae of Peer Insight, one of the top innovation consultants for service companies, as well as Andrew Zolli from Z-Plus Partners and Kevin Farnham from Method.
I am moderating this conference and I promise it will be both fun and informative, with lots of interraction--and a cocktail hour! Don't forget that networking.
And check out this great article by Niti Bhan on the Core77 site about design in India. It's deeply insightful.