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Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company. The company is primarily involved in the research, design, manufacture, integration, and maintenance of advanced technology systems, products, and services. Managing innovation over years has kept the business growth of this company inclined. 

The Idea and Implementation:

Skunk Works,  is an official pseudonym for Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs, formerly called Lockheed Advanced Development Projects. The task for building a jet fighter for the US during World War II was given to the a secret Lockheed R&D division. 

The Air Tactical Service Command of the United States Army had approached the company about the military’s need for jet fighters to oppose Nazi Germany’s airpower. It was then when, Kelly Johnson, Lockheed’s Chief Engineer came up to lead the project. Kelly and his team completed building the XP-80 Shooting Star jet fighter seven days ahead of schedule. The work of Kelly and his team was remarkable. Much recognition was given to Kelly’s positive attitude in the project’s pace and success.

Innovation management:

The Skunk Works division over the years constructed the world’s most experimental aircraft and revolutionary technologies. The semisecret Google X lab and the lab built by Steve Jobs to build the Macintosh computer are two prominent examples of Skunk Works projects.

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