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A benchmark study of strategic commitment to innovation.

  Describes the results of an empirical investigation of the FTSE 100 which was undertaken to ascertain whether UK industry is taking steps to address innovation at a strategic level within its organisations. In the research study, the appointment of staff with a specific responsibility for innovation was taken as an indicator of an organisation's strategic commitment to innovation. The findings revealed that a significant minority of these organisations had invested in personnel with a specific brief for innovation. These were: directors of innovation; managers of innovation and cross-functional teams. It is suggested that to maximise the benefits from innovation: it must be given a strategic direction; that relevant metrics be developed to measure the success of the innovation strategy; that organisations are educated on the holistic meaning of innovation; and finally, that there is a freedom from traditional hierarchical structures in the management of innovation

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    01 January 2001

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Cottam, A., Ensor, J. & Band, C. (2001). A benchmark study of strategic commitment to innovation. European Journal of Innovation Management. 4, 88-94. doi:10.1108/14601060110390594. ISSN 1460-1060



innovation; investment; personnel; strategic management; UK industry;

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