The original project developing the content was called ORGANIC (2005 – 2007) by purpose. Based on different European studies about innovation management where members of the partnership and leading industry have been involved we developed a modern learning organisation based innovation management strategy. A company becomes an ORGANISM where through continuous learning spirals the knowledge grows and the core competences increase continuously. In collaboration with innovation leading companies the project developed an example base which is being exchanged and used in different working task forces since 2006. This is also reflected in the way the innovation manager is transported to industry.
In this course we emphasise that learning strategies and a structured approach to turn organisations into learning organisms are a major influence on the success of improvement programs.
Meanwhile the European Union supported in creating an EU Certificates Campus (2008 – 2010) where such key areas of knowledge are transported in form of online short courses, together with recognised certificates for innovation management.
In ORGANIC we run through 20 competence areas when organising a firm into a learning organisation:
Each of the competence areas has equal importance. For each of the competence areas the material proposes certain best practices and asks the participant to apply that on the own organisation.
After running through all steps you have created the architectural design of a learning organisation tailored to your own needs.
The success of companies nowadays depends on the ability to continuously innovate and improve.
A learning organisation creates a positive learning culture and enables team learning and synergy exploitation in an organisation. By team learning knowledge is spread much more quickly and a high level of a skilled human force is maintained.
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In learning organisations there is an infrastructure in place which enables the team learning and the spreading of knowledge and team communication.
There is a continuous set of online courses organised by the partnership per year. You can contact the responsible coordinator, see
You can also directly contact the coordinator of the innovation manager consortium, Dr Richard Messnarz: firstname.lastname@example.org .
The European Certification and Qualification Association created common standards for certification in Europe and supports the ECQA certified innovation manager.
Job Role ECQA Certified Innovation Manager
You find information about the job role at www.ecqa.org in the section Certified Professions under ECQA certificated innovation manager.
The certifier in Europe is the ISQI (International SW Quality Institute, www.isqi.org) which implements the standard exam and test procedures for ECQa for this profession.
The European Systems and Software Improvement and Innovation initiative organises a set of annual workshops and conferences attended by 26 different nationalities.
Innovation Manager Skills Portal
This is an online system whioxch allows you to browse and self assess skills for innovation manager. See www.ecqa.org in section Leraning services and download the Self Assessment and Learning guide.
EU Certificates Campus www.eu-certificates.org
An online university build for supporting European professions. This is an underlying infrastructure from ECQA. The establishment of this online campus was supported by the EU. The innovation manager course is part of that platform. See www.ecqa.org in section Leraning services and download the Self Assessment and Learning guide.
Read more in the article: Networks and Learning Organisations – Innovation and Team Learning Supports Improvement Programs