Innovation Management

An innovation landscape defines the city context and how it responds to affect its’ innovation management capacity. As a city is a key enabler in the process of making a city smarter, district by district, it is essential for a city to work on innovation management.

The IRIS project looked at how to measure the innovation ecosystem performance of its own cities – analysing the Technical Innovation System and entrepreneurial ecosystem of a city in collaboration with the University of Nice and the Utrecht University.

Their research generates spider graphs, showing areas where a city is strong and areas where the city needs to make improvements if the ambition is to create a more innovative eco-system.

To get a deeper understanding of how a city is constructed to handle innovation management, IMCG International also interviewed the IRIS city authorities, using a set of questions, influenced by the IMProve method. The discussions focused on innovation strategy, innovation culture, factors enabling innovation etc.

Cities must set goals for themselves in terms of energy, mobility and ICT. The next step is creating a strategy and establishing who is going to lead the work. At the moment, it is not always easy to identify who is in charge of innovation management in a given city.
It is also important to foster a culture of innovation, where people dare to explore new solutions, and create an enabling environment through adequate regulations, investments and governance arrangements.
Ulrika Wahlström
IRIS Smart Cities partner – IMCG

IrisTV Interview Ulrika Wahlström and Johan Emanuel – IMCG International

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