Innovation leadership study

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Managing innovation: an insider perspective

Dutch
Innovatiestudie Capgemini Consulting en IESE Business School: Nederland in de middenmoot Innovatiemanagement neemt wereldwijd bij steeds meer bedrijven een belangrijke plaats in. Dit blijkt uit de internationale Innovation Leadership Study die is uitgevoerd door Capgemini Consulting en IESE Business School, een onderdeel van de universiteit van Navarra. Nederland staat op het gebied van innovatiemanagement in de middenmoot. Het onderzoek kijkt naar strategieën die organisaties over de hele wereld hanteren met betrekking tot hun innovatiemanagement.

43 procent van de respondenten geeft aan een formele innovatiemanager te hebben die richting geeft aan het innovatieproces en daar verantwoording over aflegt. Vorig jaar was dat nog maar 33 procent. De opkomst van de Chief Innovation Officer geeft aan dat innovatiesturing een topprioriteit wordt voor organisaties over de hele wereld. Desondanks heeft de meerderheid van de bedrijven (58 procent) nog steeds geen expliciete innovatiestrategie ingevoerd. De meeste bedrijven worden beschouwd als ‘innovation laggards’ (38 procent); slechts 7 procent valt in de categorie ‘innovation leaders’.

English
Capgemini Consulting, the global strategy and transformation consulting brand of the Capgemini Group, in partnership with IESE Business School, the top ranked business school of the University of Navarra, today announced the findings of its annual global Innovation Leadership Study, examining innovation management strategies at organizations around the world. The study reveals that innovation leadership is becoming increasingly important, with 43 percent of respondents stating they have a formally accountable innovation executive in place, responsible for driving innovation, compared to just 33 percent last year. This rise of the ‘chief innovation officer’ suggests driving innovation is becoming a key priority for companies everywhere. However, despite this, the majority of companies (58 percent) still do not have an explicit innovation strategy in place, with most companies considered ‘innovation laggards’ (38 percent) and just 7 percent classed as ‘innovation leaders’.

The study, which surveyed over 260 innovation executives globally, suggests that while innovation is an emerging functional area within organizations, limited organizational strategies for driving innovation are impairing growth. Only 30 percent of respondents agree they have an effective organizational structure in place for driving innovation and less than a quarter (24 percent) believe innovation efforts within their companies are effectively aligned. This is mainly due to not having a formal organizational structure for innovation (45 percent) or a well-defined governance structure (45 percent) in place, or a lack of clear roles and responsibilities for innovation (40 percent). 39 percent of respondents also referenced the lack of an effective decision making process for innovation, largely due to not having a well defined process in place to prioritize and allocate time and funding to innovation projects.