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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.

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 Tools

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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Introduction to 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 Innovation Management Consulting II

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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Introduction to 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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Introduction to 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

  • Overview on the key dimensions of an innovation culture
  • Approaches to identify cultural barriers
  • Developing recommendations to remove cultural barriers
  • Defining the business impact of the recommendations for removing cultural barriers
  • Evaluating the business impact of the key recommendations
  • Role play
  • Removing cultural barriers across company boarders

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Introduction to Innovation Life Cycle Management

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

  • Excel with innovation life cycle managements
  • Mapping the innovation life cycle and defining success factors for life cycle management
  • Developing strategic focus areas for process activities using the process strategy chessboard
  • Baseline current idea management with the help of an idea whee
  • Fostering idea creation and selection by using different idea management techniques
  • Turning ideas into new/better offerings by optimizing development processes
  • Learning how to decide when to phase out offerings
  • Enhance and control processes by developing enabling factors and utilizing software

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Introduction to Innovation in Value Networks

Target Groups

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

Objectives

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

Content

  • 10 steps to excel with innovation in value networks
  • 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-Driven Innovation Management

Target Groups

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

Objectives

  • Gaining a clear understanding of the dimensions and success factors of design-driven innovation management
  • Gaining confidence in applying 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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Introduction to 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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