The number of readers at the magazine continues to increase as well as the number of people working with us in different roles and capacities. I want to thank you all, both readers and contributors! This growth wouldn’t have been possible without either one of you and the efforts you have put into our development in different ways. We really appreciate your dedication!
Innovation management is certainly a hot topic. When you google the word “innovation” you get some 95.000.000 hits, which is about twice as many as if you google “Madonna”. To quote Idris Mootee, one of our featured guests in the section HELLO THERE, “The Economist magazine called innovation the “industrial religion of the 21st century” and it is quickly becoming one the most popular buzzwords. While innovation management is a relatively new discipline, it is the core of economic progress and the heart of a company’s business strategy.”
To support this we continue receiving numerous reports citing the majority of CEOs expressing their concern and need for innovation as a necesity. In the European Union, Máire Geoghegan Quinn, the Commissioner for Research & Innovation in Europe, has set a goal for Europe to become an innovation economy. By removing innovation bottlenecks, focusing on societal challenges and introducing a new form of partnerships (European Innovation Partnerships) where (pan) European stakeholders can work together, Europe will create 3,7 million new jobs and position itself as a world player if not leader in innovation.
Everyone is talking about the fact that innovation is a must, but not as many discuss how to do it – sharing that knowledge in an easy, accessible and usable way. That’s what we are doing.
We will carry forward and next year we also introduce “The Hard Copy,” a printed collection of some of the most popular articles from the online platform, including examples of the Best Practice Articles from the InnovationManagement Store.
We will of course offer The Hard Copy to our subscribers, it will be for sale in international press outlets, and it will also be available at international innovation management events through our media partners such as The Economist and Marcus Evans. The first issue of The Hard Copy from InnovationManagement.se will be launched in February 2011. The magazine will be published four times per year. We are very excited about this new addition!
The holiday season also reminds many of us about the importance of giving. For those of you who are interested in donating, the Innovation Management foundation is a worthy cause, providing support for innovation management initiatives in developing countries.
A year ago I wrote that our goal was to be a leading independent knowledge broker in the field of innovation management. I think that we are making very good progress in this and would again like to thank you all, readers & contributors, for helping us to continue developing and improving the magazine and the platform!
Before the challenges of the New Year we are taking a break – to relax and recharge, and we hope that you can do the same.
Wishing you and your loved ones a festive and joyful holiday season and an innovative new year!