Staff Training Insights into the Innovation Process 2017

It's very good to have discussions with people from different organisations.

Heli Karjalainen, Tekes Finland


I really liked the organisation because of its environment. Different points of views are seen during the training and this is good experience for understanding the other cultures and their policy problems in their country. Hearing and trying to understand their problems gives lots of ideas about solutions in my country's policy problems. Hence, having such network and getting different points of view are brilliant experiences for me.

Cihan Aslan, TTGV Turkey 


I received great valuable information about the new approach to evaluation the innovation proposals. It was a pleasure to me to exchange the experiences with other participants. It's always a great pleasure to me to attend TAFTIE meetings and trainings.
Mojca Skalar Komljanc, SPIRIT Slovenia 


Through information and discussions we had during the training I got very useful insights and ideas about the role of the innovation agencies in the Innovation process. I believe, I can use this new knowledge at my work. Also the contacts I got from other participants are very important for future cooperation.
Igor Milek, SPIRIT Slovenia 


I found the TAFTIE staff training an excellent example of combining theory and best practices to foster learning! THe content was innovative, inspring and the mix of people with different backgrounds and cultures enriched the discussion. Thank you very much for organising and the professor for lecturing.
Jan-Willem Oosterbroek, RVO The Netherlands 


It was a great introduction into how innovation is "really" defined nowadays. Understanding the framework and exchanging with the other agencies enables to perceive the issues much better and consequently we can work out solutions. Great work by the professor and perfect organisation!
Alexander Link, Luxinnovation Luxembourg 


Host: FFG


Date & Place: 29-30 March 2017, Vienna

                      Start 29 March: 11:00 am CET, End 30 March: 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 looked 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.


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