Staff Training Insights into the Innovation Process 2016

"The training was all very interesting and most useful. Christopher Mandl is a good teacher and also a good guide to assist us to reflect on specific and important questions related to what we do, why and how. Absolutely a good decision to participate in this training!"

Marianne H. Aandahl, Research Council of Norway


Host: FFG


Date & Place: 12-13 April 2016, Vienna

                      Start 12 April: 11:00 am CET, End 13 April: 15:15 CET


Length: 1.5 days


Speaker: Prof Christoph Mandl, University of Vienna

Brief Description 

Modern understanding of innovation has surpassed the linear innovation model. Research, experimental development and innovation are recognized as interdependent yet distinct processes. These insights have profound consequences for backing innovation, i.e. for designing effective innovation programmes, for evaluating such programmes, and for assessing innovation projects. In addition, the concept of “impact” became an integral part of Horizon 2020 with far reaching implications.

The workshop "Insights into the Innovation Process" addressed these issues through inputs by the trainer as well as through sharing experiences among the participants.



According to Horizon 2020 innovation is the process, including its outcome, by which new ideas respond to societal or economic needs and demand and generate new products, services or business and organisational models that are successfully introduced into an existing market or that are able to create new markets and that contribute value to society.  Yet some enterprises innovate easily and regularly while other enterprises fail. Understanding the innovation process as a systemic process brings new insights into the dynamics of innovation processes. Based on recent innovation research, we will look at the innovation process from a systemic point of view to identify more effective innovation programmes and evaluations of innovation projects.

Emphasis was on

  • - Differences between successful research processes and successful innovation processes
  • - Diffusion of innovations and tipping point
  • - Barriers to innovation and adoption uncertainty
  • - Innovation strategies, business model generation and impact
  • Implications for designing effective programmes and project evaluations were discussed.


The feedback of this staff training was very good. 16 persons attended and we received feedback forms from 12. The majority received the information about the workshop from their team leader. All participants received the information about the workshop in due time. The organization during the event, the pre-event information, the content and the trainer were rated “very good” by the vast majority. The discussion climate and moderation were rated “very good” or “good” by 92% of participants, the information content was rated “good” or “very good” by even 100 %. 

To sum up, it can be said that most of the expectations were met during this workshop, as 75 % of participants rated the workshop “very good”, 25% “good”.

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