Courses

Courses

The IMP³rove Training curriculum is designed for effectively combining research and theoretical approaches with practical application in a professional environment.

The focus of the training curriculum is on innovation management, including general approaches to innovation as well as specific topics, such as innovation management consulting. Workshops on specific innovation management topics complement the training programme. All courses and workshops are also offered as in-house trainings.

Virtual IMP³rove Academy training – Introduction to the Digital Innovation Quotient

Target Groups

  • Any professional seeking to enhance transparency of a firm’s digital innovation capabilities and performances

Objectives

  • Measure and benchmark digital innovation performance with the Digital Innovation Quotient (DIQ)
  • Explore digital innovation potentials
  • Foster digital innovation with effective practices to create immediate impact

Content

  • Learn about the holistic approach to digital innovation
  • Gain the latest insights on trends and most important tools in digital innovation
  • Utilise the Digital Innovation Quotient (DIQ) to measure and compare digital innovation capabilities with peer companies
  • Analyse the Digital Innovation Quotient (DIQ) benchmarking report and derive recommendations
  • Foster digital innovation capabilities, utilising the digital use case library
  • Apply the process for lean digital innovation

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Introduction to the IMP³rove Approach

Target Groups

  • Innovation management consultants
  • Cluster managers
  • Intermediaries supporting enterprises in developing their innovation management capabilities
  • Innovation managers at enterprises

Objectives

  • Gain insights in innovation management benchmarking compliant with European innovation management standards
  • Effective support of enterprises in innovation management assessment
  • Develop improvement measures based on the benchmarking results
  • Leverage the IMP³rove Assessment Reports for value-adding feedback workshops

Content

  • The holistic IMP³rove Approach to innovation management
  • The IMP³rove Approach and benchmarking process
  • The IMP³rove Platform and services for professional support providers
  • Preparing for a successful IMP³rove Feedback Workshop with clients

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Introduction to the Digital Innovation Quotient

Target Groups

  • Consultants, cluster managers, intermediaries supporting companies in digital innovation and innovation management
  • Managers driving digital innovation

Objectives

  • Explore digital innovation potentials
  • Measure digital innovation performance with the Digital Innovation Quotient (DIQ)
  • Foster digital innovation with effective practices to create immediate impact

Content

  • Learn about the holistic approach to digital innovation
  • Gain the latest insights on trends and most important tools in digital innovation
  • Utilise the Digital Innovation Quotient to measure and compare digital innovation capabilities with peer companies
  • Analyse the Digital Innovation Quotient benchmarking report and derive recommendations
  • Foster digital innovation capabilities, utilising the digital use case library
  • Apply the process for lean digital innovation

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Introduction to Innovation Management

Target Groups

  • Experienced consultants
  • Cluster managers and intermediaries supporting enterprises in developing their innovation management capabilities
  • Innovation managers at enterprises

Objectives

  • Introducing definitions and benefits of innovation and innovation management
  • Describing the dimensions of innovation management
  • Demonstrating the impact of innovation management on profitable growth and introducing KPIs
  • Leveraging the trigger points to better support enterprises in (further) developing their innovation management performance

Content

  • Definitions
  • A holistic approach to innovation management services
  • Innovation strategy as direction-setting
  • Innovation culture as organisations’ basis for innovation management
  • Seamless innovation life-cycle management: Time-to-Profit
  • Enabling Factors: Management for superior innovation
  • Achieving superior results: Business impact from innovation management

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Action Plan Development

Target Groups

  • Members of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) eligible for the programme “Enhancing Innovation Management Capacity of SMEs”

Objectives

  • Leveraging the IMP³rove Assessment Reports for effective feedback to the enterprise
  • Applying analytical rigor to develop recommendations with high impact on the enterprise’s business and competitiveness
  • Gain proficiency in innovation management support services to enterprises

Content

  • Applying a fact-driven approach to identify areas for improvement in the enterprise’s innovation management capabilities
  • Developing hypotheses, conclusions and recommendations for the enterprise
  • Developing and communicating an action plan for the enterprise

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Introduction to Root Cause Analysis

Target Groups

  • Innovation Management consultants
  • Cluster managers
  • Intermediaries supporting SMEs in developing their Innovation Management capabilities
  • Innovation Managers at enterprises

Objectives

  • Learning to identify the root causes of a company’s strengths and weaknesses in innovation management
  • Gain practical experience in leveraging the IMP³rove Root Cause Analysis to drive e.g. the development of a business strategy or an innovation strategy

Content

  • Identifying the root causes of companies’ strengths and weaknesses in innovation management
  • Defining key insights from the Root Cause Analysis relevant for strategic direction-setting along the five dimensions of innovation management
  • Leveraging these insights for strategic development of the organisation
  • Breakout session and discussion: Working on concrete cases to leveraging the root cause analysis for the organisation’s innovation management development and strategic direction-setting 

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Introduction to Sustainability-Driven Innovation Management

Target Groups

  • Innovation Management consultants
  • Cluster managers
  • Intermediaries supporting SMEs in developing their Innovation Management capabilities
  • Innovation Managers at enterprises

Objectives

  • Create competitive advantage by focusing on sustainability as driver for innovation management
  • Increase business impact with sustainable innovation management
  • Gain practical experience in analysing the IMP³rove Sustainability-Driven Innovation Management Assessment report

Content

  • Identifying areas for innovation that lead to enhanced social, ecological and economic sustainability
  • Analysing companies’ strengths and weaknesses in sustainability-driven innovation management (SDIM)
  • Generating additional impact based on the IMP³rove sustainability-driven innovation management assessment

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Business Adviser Skills

Target Groups

  • Cluster managers
  • Intermediaries supporting enterprises in developing their innovation management capabilities
  • Innovation management consultants interested in further developing their innovation management consulting performance

Objectives

  • Achieving value-adding consulting services at enterprises
  • Creating impact in all phases of the IMP³rove Consulting process

Content

  • The IMP³rove Consulting process designed for enterprises
  • Advanced consulting tools applicable for enterprises
  • Successful introduction of innovation management consulting services

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Business Model Innovation

Target Groups

  • Innovation management consultants
  • Cluster managers
  • Intermediaries supporting SMEs in developing their innovation management capabilities
  • Innovation managers

Objectives

  • Understanding the concept of business model innovation
  • Gain practical experience in analysing existing, and developing and implementing new business models

Content

  • Mastering the 5 step approach to business model innovation
  • Defining an organisation‘s existing business model(s) and their opportunities and limitations
  • Gain insight in opportunities and challenges for business model innovation
  • Supporting an organisations in the 5 steps of business model innovation
  • Change management for successful implementation of the business model innovation 

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Innovation Strategy Development

Target Groups

  • Experienced consultants
  • Cluster managers and intermediaries supporting enterprises in developing their innovation management capabilities
  • Innovation managers at enterprises

Objectives

  • Clear understanding of needs for and benefits of an innovation management strategy for enterprises
  • Clear understanding of the elements of an innovation strategy
  • Developing the ability to design an innovation strategy
  • Developing the capability to execute a successful innovation strategy project at an enterprise

Content

  • Definitions
  • Elements of innovation strategy development
  • Trend analysis
  • Definition of search fields
  • Customer value analysis
  • Competitor and technology watch
  • Competence  assessment
  • Roadmap for developing an innovation strategy

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Removing Cultural Barriers to Innovation

Target Groups

  • Experienced consultants
  • Cluster managers and intermediaries supporting enterprises in developing their innovation management capabilities
  • Innovation managers at enterprises

Objectives

  • Gain insights into the methods and tools to identify cultural barriers to innovation
  • Developing the capability to help clients removing cultural barriers to innovation
  • Developing the ability to help clients increasing their business performance and competitiveness with a strengthened innovation culture

Content

  • The challenge to change organisational behaviour
  • Overview on the key dimensions of an innovation culture
  • How to recognise your client’s cultural barriers to innovation
  • Developing recommendations to remove cultural barriers
  • Defining the appropriate recommendations for your client to improve their resources for an innovation culture 
  • Defining the business impact of the recommendations for removing cultural barriers

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How to Win SMEs for Innovation Management Support Services

Target Groups

  • Innovation management consultants
  • Cluster managers
  • Intermediaries supporting SMEs in developing their digital innovation management capabilities
  • Managers driving digital innovation

Objectives

  • Develop your action plan to improve weaknesses and leverage strengths 
  • Foster creativity in leveraging different channels in the innovation ecosystem
  • Learn how to create a compelling offer with convincing arguments

Content

  • Identify challenges you have faced in winning SMEs
  • Know your strengths
  • Leverage your network successfully
  • Examine the difference between the push and pull approaches to winning SMEs
  • Identify the right SMEs
  • Contact the SMEs confidently
  • Refine your approach in a break-out session using case studies to refine your approach

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Innovation Life Cycle Management Processes

Target Groups

  • Innovation management consultants
  • Cluster managers
  • Intermediaries supporting SMEs in developing their innovation management capabilities

Objectives

  • Clear understanding of elements and success factors of innovation life cycle processes
  • Learning and testing tools to optimize innovation life cycle processes

Content

  • 10 steps to excel with innovation life cycle processes
  • Assessing strategic focus of innovation lifecycle management
  • Breakout session and discussion: the process strategy chessboard
  • Mapping process responsibilities
  • Breakout group and discussion: using RASIC matrices to align and document roles
  • Analyzing process efficiency
  • Breakout group and discussion: assessing decision gates
  • Reviewing enabling factors such as process IT
  • Measuring innovation efforts and innovation successes

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Open Innovation

Target Groups

  • Innovation management consultants
  • Cluster managers
  • Intermediaries supporting SMEs in developing their innovation management capabilities

Objectives

  • Clear understanding of the importance of open innovation
  • Get acquainted with a pragmatic 10 steps approach to open innovation and gain inspirations from case examples

Content

  • 10 steps to excel in open innovation 
  • Understanding the opportunities for value networks and how to address them
  • Breakout session and discussion: Analysis of value networks
  • Identifying the right partners
  • Designing value propositions to involve the right partners
  • Breakout session and discussion: Innovation Partner Radar
  • Breakout session and discussion: Leveraging the innovation in value networks method library to draft the company‘s individual IMP³rove IVN Playbook
  • Measuring results of innovation in value networks

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Design Thinking for Better Innovation Management

Target Groups

  • (Innovation) managers, innovation management consultants, intermediaries supporting companies in developing their innovation management capabilities

Objectives

  • Gaining a clear understanding of Design Thinking and success factors of design-driven innovation management
  • Gaining confidence in applying Design Thinking and design-driven innovation techniques and tools in practice 

Content

  • 5 dimensions of design-driven innovation management
  • Design-driven innovation targets: What can and should be achieved by design-driven innovation efforts
  • Design-driven innovation teams: How to foster design-driven innovation within organisations and project teams?
  • Design-driven innovation techniques and tools: Which techniques and tools can be used to operationalise design-driven innovation
  • Breakout sessions on observation, brainstorming, prototyping and testing
  • Design-driven innovation transparency: How to measure design-driven innovation success
  • Break-out session: “Developing smart solutions”

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Deep dive into systematic idea management using Ideanote

Target Groups

  • Innovation management consultants
  • Innovation- and general managers at enterprises
  • Intermediaries supporting enterprises in improving their innovation management

For members of the Enterprise Europe Network: Please note that this course is not covered by the European Commission’s “Enhancing Innovation Management Capacities” programme

Objectives

  • Developing an advanced understanding of idea management approaches and techniques
  • Gaining in-depth insights into a selected idea management tool
  • Developing skills to facilitate ideation and integrate systematic idea management approaches into a company’s innovation management system
  • Learn how to foster idea generation, evaluation, review and selection

Content

  • Idea management as a key element of successful innovation management
  • Core principles of idea management
  • Understanding and formulating ideation challenges
  • Techniques to generate, evaluate, review and select more and better ideas
  • Introduction to Ideanote
  • First hand insights into idea management best practice from Ideanote co-founder Rasmus Dahl
  • Breakout sessions on how to apply idea management techniques and how to work with Ideanote in practice

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Cyber Security - Enabling Digital Innovation

Target Groups

  • Management consultants/advisors
  • (Digital) innovation experts at enterprises
  • Intermediaries supporting enterprises in improving their (digital) innovation management

For members of the Enterprise Europe Network: Please note that this course is not covered by the European Commission’s “Enhancing Innovation Management Capacities” programme

Objectives

  • Developing an understanding of key success factors for digital innovation
  • Get an insight in actual cyber security trends and the challenges for the strategy implementation, digital business models, processes and culture as well as take-away ideas and methods on how to sustainably manage these challenges

Content

  • 5 dimensions of excellence in digital innovation – with cyber security as a key enabling factor
  • Introduction to Digital Innovation Quotient assessment tool of digital innovation capabilities
  • Introduction to cyber-trends and the main drivers, resulting damages, risk management, requirements for digitization of processes and product development, selected security solutions, stakeholder needs, accompanying management systems, human awareness and international frameworks

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Introduction to the IMP³rove Auditing

Target Groups

  • IMP³rove Expert level II
  • Experienced consultants
  • Cluster managers and intermediaries supporting SMEs in developing their innovation management capabilities

Objectives

  • Clear understanding of the dimensions of innovation management at small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Clear understanding of the IMP³rove Auditing objectives and process for auditing innovation management at SMEs
  • Clear understanding of the quality assurance during the IMP³rove Auditing
  • Thorough preparation for the IMP³rove Auditing at SMEs
  • Clear understanding of the key outcomes of the IMP³rove Auditing
  • Developing the capability to execute a successful IMP³rove Auditing at SMEs

Content

  • Dimensions of innovation management according to the “A.T. Kearney House of Innovation”
  • Linkage between innovation management success and sustainable growth of the SME
  • Key performance indicators for innovation management at SMEs
  • The steps in the IMP³rove Auditing process and their challenges
  • Systematic evaluation of the SME’s innovation management
  • Quality assurance in the IMP³rove Auditing process

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