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Innovation

Our selection of books, articles, links and guides can help you identify strategies, techniques and best practice for introducing new technology, improving existing processes or creating new products and services.

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Featured article

Innovative cultures - the reality
Innovative culture in an organisation is generally viewed as a good thing, characterized by a tolerance for failure and a willingness to experiment, leading to better innovative performance. 
On the flipside however, innovative behaviours must be counterbalanced by some tougher and less fun behaviors, including an intolerance for incompetence, rigorous discipline, brutal candor, a high level of individual accountability, and strong leadership.

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Featured link

Innovate UK 

A government body created to fund, support and connect UK businesses. Features news and expert guidance for innovative organisations. Formerly the Technology Strategy Board

Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Innovative cultures - the reality

Innovative culture in an organisation is generally viewed as a good thing, characterized by a tolerance for failure and a willingness to experiment, leading to better innovative performance. On the flipside however, innovative behaviours must be counterbalanced by some tougher and less fun behaviors, including an intolerance for incompetence, rigorous discipline, brutal candor, a high level of individual accountability, and strong leadership.

Swamped by the volume of projects

This article looks at the dangers of 'initiative overload' - when an organisation struggles to terminate projects and initiatives that have ceased to have value, or no longer support company strategy. Understanding the causes can help leaders diagnose the risks in their organisations and make smarter decisions about what to keep and what to kill.

Boards, innovation and risk

Boards are clamouring for breakthrough innovation. Avoiding risk is now seen as the riskiest proposition of all. The authors interviewed CEOs and board members from a range of industries and identified four common obstacles in governing innovation: an outdated risk agenda, insufficient time, lack of expertise, and a relationship with management that needs returning.

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Useful links

Organisations

Design Council
Provides information on projects, reports, case studies, news and events.

Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE)
Organisation aiming to advance research, education and policy in the field of small businesses and entrepreneurship in the UK.

The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA)
Created in 1998 to support and promote talent, innovation and creativity. The website offers practical advice for innovation projects and opportunities for business funding.

European Business Network
The EBN's Business and Innovation Centres offer advice, mentoring, workspace, and networking opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses in environments designed to stimulate innovation.

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