The Business Innovation Audit

Most managers understand the idea and importance of technological innovation. They observe it every day in new products, services and business processes. But few understand how to give their business the permanent ability to be innovative in everything that it does.

Crucial in bringing this about is the way the enterprise manages its people, its internal organisation and networks.

The key to competitive advantage

Innovation in this context means: the systemic capacity to successfully exploit new ideas, wherever and whenever they arise, and to whatever they might be applied. It is widely seen as holding one of the most important keys to unlocking competitive advantage in an increasingly challenging business environment.

The Business Innovation Audit focuses on your organisation's present way of working and on how it impacts on staff responsible for how well their organisation performs.

Release your organisation's innovating potential

Use the Audit to assess the level of understanding about which business structures and practices lead to innovative capability for the whole organisation. Use it to assess, expand and release your organisation's innovating potential.

10 questionnaires examine how well your enterprise fosters innovation in the way that it is run. Each is accompanied by practical guidance and advice. This offers definitions and other useful advice to help you complete your assessment. It then suggests possible changes and improvements.

Business benefits of running the audit

  • Enhance the organisation's innovating capability
  • Find out where opportunities lie for increasing innovation
  • Open up new areas of the business in which to apply innovation-enhancing techniques
  • Embed innovation in the organisation's processes.
  • Discover what the organisation needs to do separately from individuals' creativity
  • Build on individuals' creativity to bring innovation to the business
  • Control the forces that stifle creativity and innovation
  • Exploit the multiple sources and opportunities for innovation
  • Foster innovation in the organisation's culture

The 10 self-assessment questionnaires cover:

  1. Managing creative and innovative people
  2. Developing people's innovative capability
  3. Developing a culture of innovation
  4. Applying performance management to innovation
  5. Using competency approaches with innovation
  6. Taking advantage of creative ideas
  7. Understanding forces that stifle or fuel innovation
  8. Responding to workplace trends affecting innovation
  9. Exploiting the many sources of innovation
  10. Measuring innovation at a strategic level