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Implementation of innovation management systems

Consultations for the engineering industry companies on issues related to the implementation of Innovation Management Systems (IMS).

The IMS provides guidance on planning for innovation success, identifying and fostering innovation enablers/driving factors, developing the innovation management process, evaluating and improving the performance of innovation management, understanding and using innovation management techniques.

The IMS can be a stand-alone one or can be integrated into the core operations and management of the organisation to ensure innovation objectives are delivered and performance is measured and improved.


LINPRA is implementing the “Integration of R&D networks for the future manufacturing” project and together with partners (IMS implementation experts) provide the following services:

  • carries out analysis on the company innovation activities,
  • distributes methodological information related to the implementation of IMS,
  • arranges seminars and trains organisation’s managers on the “Implementation of IMS” subject,
  • provides information about the benefits of IMS based on wide implementation of the analogical national RDI management standard NP 4457:2007 in Portugal, and on practical seminars carried out by experts of the Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering of Porto (INESC Porto, Portugal).

ŸIMS Standard

The IMS Technical Specification provides guidance on establishing and maintaining an IMS. It is applicable to all public and private organisations regardless of sector, type or size. The innovation management standard (CEN CEN/TS 16555 Innovation Management), which is being prepared by Technical Committee, will consist of the following parts:

Ÿ  Part 1: Innovation management system.

Ÿ  Part 2: Strategic intelligence management (in preparation.).

Ÿ  Part 3: Innovation thinking (in preparation.).

Ÿ  Part 4: Intellectual property management (in preparation.).

Ÿ  Part 5: Collaboration management (in preparation.).

Ÿ  Part 6: Creativity management (in preparation.).

Ÿ  Part 7: Innovation management assessment (in preparation.).

The innovation management system can be integrated within other standardised business management systems existing in organisations, e.g. EN ISO 9001, EN ISO 14001, etc.

Benefits of implementing IVS

Innovation is a key driver for the success of organizations. The aim of the Technical Specification is to guide organizations to introduce, develop, and maintain a framework for systematic innovation management practices, an Innovation Management System. Establishing such a management system would allow organizations to become more innovative and to achieve more success with their product, service, process, organisational design and business model innovations. This would foster organisation's results, value and competitiveness.

Since 2012 LINPRA has been implementing a project which concerns the Innovation Management Systems. Because of the project a number of managers from the engineering industry companies and specialists from the R&D institutions have been trained on the IMS implementation topics. The training and consulting have been provided by the experts of the Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering of Porto (INESC Porto).

Portugal is among the first group of European countries to have developed a standardized certifiable integrated framework to specifically manage RDI activities. Portuguese standard NP 4457:2007 “Management of Research, Development, Innovation (RDI), RDI Management Systems Requirements” specifies the requirements for a research, development and innovation management system that enable an organization to develop and implement an RDI policy aiming to increase the effectiveness of their innovation performance. Information about the benefits of the IMS implementation is provided by experienced consultants of the engineering research institute INESC Porto. According to them by now the most positive changes were related not only to the introduction of systematization and routinisation of RDI management activities by documenting and creating channels for knowledge flow, but also to the non-prescription of solutions for companies meeting the normative requirements. Engineering companies that implemented the IMS have highlighted the qualitative value brought by the standard, particularly, at the organizational level, by strengthening some capabilities that have influence over the innovation process.

LINPRA, the Engineering Industries Association of Lithuania

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