In collaboration with Avans University of Applied Sciences, we can provide 2 different tests that will help you analyse your organization’s overall performance on innovation management. The first test, based on John Bessant’s and Joe Tidd’s Managing Innovation focuses on 5 different aspects of organizing and facilitating innovation in your organization. The second test, based on Keeley’s Ten Types of Innovation framework, will provide you with an overview of the different types that your strong at.
The tests will give you immediate insight in your scores. Please send the test results to Avans University (email@example.com) in order to participate in the research and to benchmark your scores within your sector or country.
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Did you know for example that there were 265.690 European Patent Filings in 2013 but only 66.712 were granted? Did you know that your invention will be protected in up to 40 European countries based on 1 single application? James Sherwin from SOR Solicitors, a Dublin-based law firm, created an infographic about European Patents.
This infographic is published with permission of James Sherwin.
- If you don’t understand business basics, don’t start a startup.
- If you don’t have industry experience or knowledge, don’t start a startup.
- If you haven’t got a strong backbone, don’t start a startup.
- If you haven’t thought of the consequences – for instance for your family life – don’t start a startup.
- If you got a hole in your pocket, don’t a start a startup.
And what could doom your startup during the initiating phase:
- Don’t try to do everything yourself.
- Make sure your plan is scalable.
- Don’t forget to continuously increase customer value.
- Don’t be unwilling to kill your darlings.
- Never forget to measure progress.
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- It helps organisations to capture, evaluate and progress proposals
- It provides a democratic environment to determine the best ideas and to show a willingness to consider all ideas
- It helps to increase genuine cross-organization transformation
- It helps in creating a corporate shared view on key activities
It may be an advertorial, but at least it provides a nice overview of an under-researched element of the innovation process.
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This autumn, we gathered some of the best 21st century courses on Innovation Management for you. While specialist courses at Insead, Berkely or IESE are extremely good, they are expensive and intense. You don’t want to get into the hussle of persuading your employer you’re worth the 50K investment, but still want to learn something? Go for one of the following excellent online courses on innovation (management):
- Innovation Management Game – individual course
The Innovation Management Game is “a serious game for serious professionals”. Their individual course lets you battle against well-known innovation companies worldwide by learning and practising the newest theory on innovation management. According to some of their clients “The key learnings from the game for us were especially the multidimensionality of the innovation process inside a company and the idea that companies can influence their innovation success in many different ways” and “It introduces innovation in a learning environment and it is completely different than just learning theory.”
The price: €495,-
- THNK – School of Creative Leadership
THNK is a worldwide renowned institute for linking Design Thinking with Business Thinking. It has an online course, Start Innovating Now, “to build your innovation muscle, and come up with real innovations. An innovative real-life course that will keep you on your toes.” Or as someone says it on their website: “I use TNKS’s innovation process and tools to brainstorm new ideas, synthesize them into innovations that scale and then prototype, test and finetune them.”
The price: €945,-
- Entrepreneurial Leadership – Babson College
The definition of a short course: it takes only 30-60 minutes to complete. But who doesn’t want a glimpse of the world’s best school on entrepreneurship education?
The price: $59,99
Any other suggestions? Please let us know.
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Creativity is often undermined by avoidance motivation, and in the best cases seems to be difficult and depleting. Yet, avoidance goals are prevalent in the workplace – a study comparing goal orientations in different domains revealed that approximately 61 per cent of the people participating in the study had a dominant avoidance goal in the work domain (Van Yperen, Hamstra & van der Klauw, 2011). Moreover, avoidance goals tend to be stronger than approach goals (Van Yperen & Orehek, 2013). In addition, threatening situations, such as a financial crisis in which people fear losing their jobs and security, are likely to evoke avoidance motivation. It has been proposed that avoidance motivation is best shunned, particularly when striving for creativity, but this may not always be feasible. Therefore, it is important to consider ways to stimulate creativity, even among avoidance motivated people and in situations that evoke avoidance motivation.
Employees in a state of companionate love tend not to criticize others and to show agreement, tolerate mistakes and worry about failure. These behavioural tendencies can damage the efficiency of idea creation, idea evaluation and prevent employees from adopting innovative ideas. However, companionate love enhances solidarity and co-operation, which is beneficial for idea implementation.