Practice makes perfect?
My third grade teacher, Mr. Guillaume, took issue with that. He insisted that "perfect practice makes perfect."
There are some that will tell you that you can measure a company's desire to innovate by their R&D spending. This fact from Tom Peters might lay that to rest:
The #1 company in R&D spending over the last 25 years: General Motors.
You don't get Purple by hiring a bureaucracy and giving them money (or money and time). You do it by having the will to go to the edges. When GM has no cash (and still no will) then they're really in trouble.