Why professionalize innovation?
Innovation is our main tool to renew and create new values. In order to strengthen the innovation capability nations, regions, organizations and companies moves towards a proactive and systematic way of working. It means an establishment of systems for innovation management that includes a clear strategic focus, purposeful leadership, well defined processes and concrete structural and cultural abilities. All this to support an efficient innovation workprocess that maximizes value creation in the form of user value, growth, social benefits, etc.
Innovation management in a more holistic view goes from being a bit neglected to be handled in the same professional way as other business-critical activities, ie based on clear principles, effective tools and systems, formalized roles, clear responsibilities and relevant skills.
The Innovation leader plays a critical role in this professionalism.
A multi-faceted profession
There is nothing more interesting and inspiring than to lead an innovation initiative. It is intended to create new values and includes everything from incremental development to major breakthroughs. It is a systematic effort and innovation leader is responsible for creating the right conditions, drive the process and to contribute to the results meet or exceed expectations. In short, driving a purposeful change and ensure that value creation is maximized.
An innovation leader manages strategic and tactical issues, is a leader and practitioner, facilitates and participates in projects, can take both user and business perspective, business, etc. It is a multifaceted profession, not simple, but crucial to operations development and survival.
All companies and organizations in Sweden need innovation leader.
My role as an innovation leader
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Johan Brinck, Innovationsledare, Södertälje Kommun
Martin William-Olsson, Innovationsledare, SEB
Ewa Svensson, Innovationsledare, Crearum
Andreas Larsson, Konsult och innovationsledare, Läkare Utan Gränser
Anders Brunberg, Innovationsledare och chef på Tillväxtavdelningen, Uddevalla Kommun
Eric Näf, Director Packaging Development, The Absolut Company AB
Tove Weigel, Innovationsledare, Mölnlycke Health Care
Eva-Carin Banka Johnson, Innovationsledare, Future Homes, IKEA
Yacir Persson-Chelbat, Head of Innovation & Project Office, Securitas Sverige
Olof Hillborg, Innovation manager, Stockholms Läns Landsting
Åsa Christiander, Global innovation manager, Assa Abloy