Open Innovation for small and medium sized Enterprises

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Open InnovationThe capability of being able to innovate is the most critical part in sustaining competitiveness. While big companies are already well equipped with instruments and experience in innovation management, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in contrast usually only have basic access to these instruments. In addition, they are often faced with the problem that these instruments are incompatible with their particular needs. For the strategic and operative planning, for innovation processes and project realisation, most tools are yet completely insufficient. Furthermore, many of these tools and instruments are not even known to most SMEs.

The EC supported project »VIVA – European Virtual Centre for Innovation Excellence Assessment« has realized the need for action. Hence VIVA addresses these deficiencies by providing an Innovation Management toolbox and several case studies.

In this book you will find:

  • The capability of being able to innovate is the most critical part in sustaining competitiveness. While big companies are already well equipped with instruments and experience in innovation management, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in contrast usually only have basic access to these instruments. In addition, they are often faced with the problem that these instruments are incompatible with their particular needs. For the strategic and operative planning, for innovation processes and project realisation, most tools are yet completely insufficient. Furthermore, many of these tools and instruments are not even known to most SMEs. The EC supported project »VIVA – European Virtual Centre for Innovation Excellence Assessment« has realized the need for action. Hence VIVA addresses these deficiencies by providing an Innovation Management toolbox and several case studies.
  • A comprehensive Innovation Management reference model to give the user a deeper understanding of the interrelations of different innovation activities.
  • A comprehensive Innovation Management reference model to give the user a deeper understanding of the interrelations of different innovation activities.

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