Introduction to the ISO 56000-series: Guiding standards for innovation management
The need for systematic innovation activities is increasing in all types of organisations. To guide these efforts, the first international standard for Innovation Management System (ISO 56002) has recently been published. A keynote presentation by Magnus Karlsson, the National expert & Chairman of SIS Swedish Institute for Standards and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden provides an overview of an innovation management system, the systems approach used, the principles and definitions behind it, how it can be implemented, and how it has been developed by ISO.
Based on McKinsey’s Global Innovation Survey 2010, 84% of global executives believe and say that innovation is extremely important, however, 94% are dissatisfied with their innovation performance. This addresses the urgent need to provide guidance for organisations, both private and public, by giving a common language and credible framework. With this in place, innovation capabilities in organisations can be boosted!
The ISO TC 279 started in 2013, coordinated by the French National Organisation for Standardisation (AFNOR) through an international collaborative effort- their first publications were in 2019, the ISO 56000-series:
For the ISO, innovation is defined as a new or changed entity, realising or redistributing value. Whilst an innovation management system is defined as a set of interrelated and interacting elements, aiming for the realisation of value. The ISO 56002 Innovation Management System is a guiding framework for top-management to lead and organise innovation efforts, it should be viewed as a check-list to enable systematic and systemic innovation activities; from developing and deploying innovation capabilities, evaluating performance to achieving intended outcomes. Other than using this as a guidance, organisations can also use the standards to evaluate their current ability to innovate. From the ISO, they focus on eight core innovation management principles:
With the ISO in place, organisations are able to harness the benefits from it. The organisation’s reputation and valuation are enhanced, making them more likely to stay relevant and competitive.
Global Body of Knowledge for Innovation Management Professionals
With that, innovation management is an emerging profession and a common job description and Body of Knowledge is taking shape. Innovation Management Professionals are responsible for or actively contributing to, leading and organising innovation efforts and increasing innovation capability in a company or an organisation. Creating this profession will not only increase the credibility, but it will also strengthen the profession, career advancement and employability & assurance.
For this profession (ideally from different divisions/departments to have different views), the main roles would be:
To be certified, an individual would need to i) have at least 3 years of relevant work; ii) performed at least three of the six responsibilities above; iii) at least 50% of their work is related to innovation management full-time. In preparation for the personal certification, programs based on the Body of Knowledge can be attended, delivered by an open market of certified training providers. For the personal certification program, the key principles are:
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