Innovation Institute

How to Embed a Culture of Innovation

  March 2020  
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How do you embed a culture of Innovation?

This is a question that is being constantly asked by companies and there isn’t one straight answer. In truth, embedding an innovation culture within an organisation is the result of a combination of factors:

  • allowing people time and freedom to innovate;
  • providing the right risk/reward environment to stimulate new thinking;
  • supporting the development of a growth mindset;
  • unleashing creativity in others; and
  • training and supporting people in innovation as a taught discipline
 
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The last factor – innovation training - requires structure, planning and competence. Benchmarking an organisation’s capability to develop innovative people, through either internal innovation initiatives and programmes or graduate development schemes, ensures that these activities and interventions deliver impact and value, and align more closely to the strategic goals of the business.

The IKE Institute, as the UK’s professional body for innovators, offers a robust accreditation framework (Figure 1) – IKE Institute’s Certified Innovation Programme® (CIP) - that assesses, recognizes and certifies an organisation’s innovation training and development capability.

 
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This framework helps to give organisations’ a way to structure and assess innovation programmes and graduate development schemes. All six certification categories in the framework are delivered in accordance to international standards, as defined by the ISO 56002 Innovation Management System Guidance Standard (2019).

 
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Outputs from the CIP include informed planning to balance resources, maximise innovation training results, and gain greater clarity on how to build innovative capability in people. The CIP programme provides a Recommendations Report identifying areas of strengths and weaknesses and expert recommendations on how to improve innovation programmes and graduate development schemes.

 
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Benefits

Achieving the IKE Institute Certified Innovation Programme status enables your organisation to:

  • Validate innovation core competencies in people;
  • Ensure your innovation training programmes reflect international standards of best practice;
  • Motivate and develop a growth-mindset and pro-innovation attitudes in people;
  • Enhance peoples’ collective competence in innovation delivering higher team performance;
  • Trigger and strengthen critical thinking, creativity and discovery skills in people;
  • Increase confidence in the value of innovation;
  • Visibly recognise and celebrate individuals and teams’ successes and achievements in innovation; and
  • Accelerate professional membership to the IKE Institute and assure continuous learning and knowledge exchange in innovation.
 
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The IKE Institute operates two accreditation options:

 

1) CERTIFIED INNOVATION PROGRAMME

Organisation-wide accreditation for an in-house innovation programme/initiative
 

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Certified Innovation Programme

2) CERTIFIED GRADUATE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

Specific accreditation on the Innovation components within a graduate development scheme/programme

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Certified Graduate Development Programme (Innovation)®

 
 

The choice of which accreditation option you would like to pursue should be identified at the application point to best reflect your context and need. However, the accreditation process specifications for the two options remain the same.

 

In addition to recognising the Innovation Programme, the successfully accredited organisation will also be recognised by the Institute as an IKE Assured® provider.

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Who Can Apply For This Accreditation?

The Certified Innovation Programme® accreditation is suitable for any public or private sector organisation wishing to demonstrate the value from their innovation programmes and initiatives and improve them in line with international standards reflecting best practice.

This professional accreditation can be applied to a range of innovation and creativity schemes, activities and programmes such as:

  • An organisation-wide Innovation Programme;
  • A Graduate and/or Apprenticeship Development Programme;
  • A collection of innovation training and learning activities and initiatives;
  • A university/college educational programme in which innovation and creativity are components.
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Start unlocking your innovation talent today by taking your first step in assessing your innovation-related programmes, initiatives and schemes. Further information can be found here.

 
     
 

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