From Administrator to Innovator

The Challenge

Innovation is crucial to the success of any long-term endeavour. But when it comes to complex organizations and public institutions it doesn’t just ‘happen’ organically. Policymakers need to drive innovation in order to increase competitiveness, promote economic growth and manage societal transformation.

The competing demands of whole industries, interest groups, regions and communities must be taken into account when developing effective innovation policies to create a tangible impact for the benefit of all.

Dr. Eva Diedrichs

“Innovation is the art of anticipating tomorrow. Innovation policy is the key to fostering responsible, sustainable development across the world— even in disruptive and unpredictable times.”

The Solution

Administration is crucial to the present, innovation holds the key to the future.

No one says that’s easy. Sustained success depends on mastering both skills. 

That’s why Eva has created an immersive workshop for policymakers. She welcomed participants from a wide range of public institutions across different countries to reveal the principle factors for success. First, she led a journey across the entire lifecycle of innovation policy: from strategic design and alignment to operational implementation and ongoing evaluation. Then, in highly interactive sessions, the whole group developed practical insights and experience in strategic policy-making — along with the confidence in how to deploy this knowledge for ultimate success.

The Value

In a rapidly evolving world, state-of-the-art innovation policy requires both a mind and a culture shift from rules-based to explorative development. It’s about recognizing the potential of the latest approaches to innovation policy development and applying them successfully to different sectors and circumstances. 

Eva’s magic formula for innovation policy development has four key ingredients:

  • Create strong alignment between overall vision and specific strategic goals — based on an intimate understanding of current global trends and projected long-term perspectives. 
  • Conduct a thorough assessment of both potentials and risks when it comes to multi-disciplinary and data-driven innovation decision-making. 
  • Engage and include diverse groups of stakeholders — who understand the need to adapt to societal, economic and technological changes and so thrive through innovation. 
  • Incorporate ethical considerations in innovation policies and communicate these principles effectively.

When approached in this way, innovation policies will create the capacity to address even the most unexpected challenges in an increasingly disruptive world.

Learn how to leave your comfort zone and drive successful innovation policies