Innovation enablers/driving factors

“The driving factors are mainly the feedbacks of our customers”: J. Schuster (Development unit, Daimler, automotive company, DE).

The organisation should set two main responsibilities in relation to the Innovation management system:

  • responsibilities for the specific innovation projects;
  • responsibilities for the general innovation management.

Depending on the size and structure of the organisation, innovation management responsibilities can be assigned to a structured unit, a team, or a single person of the organization (if appropriate even part-time).

The general innovation management responsibilities should include:

  • effective and efficient innovation management, according to the recommendations of the standard,
  • development of the operational planning,
  • initiating and leading the innovation process,
  • assigning the innovation project responsibilities for each project and when necessary, employing external experts for specific tasks or projects in case there is no appropriate internal expertise,
  • coordination across innovation projects,
  • reporting to top management about progress and performance.

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The innovation project responsibilities should be assigned to every innovation project, to a team, or a person of the organisation on the basis of skills and capabilities.

The innovation project responsibilities should include, at least:

  • undertaking the innovation project assigned and its objectives;
  • using the innovation tools as necessary in the project;
  • reporting to the innovation management personnel about the progress of the project.

We need to concentrate on the interactions of the following areas:

  • resources (human resources, machines, equipment, financial resources)
  • competences (their assessment, education, training, continuous development, improvement, mentoring)
  • awareness (motivation, assimilation with the goals of the organization)
  • communication (external, internal)
  • documented information (handling documentation according to the IMS)
  • strategic human resources
  • Intellectual property and knowledge management.
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