Efficient innovation management can be recognized by the fact that it seems to work “by itself”. This seemingly automatic functioning is guaranteed by the fact that employees and managers at different locations of a company wll fulfil their roles. But this does not work on its own. The prerequisite for innovation management to function “by itself” is the clear definition of roles.
In our many years of activity in innovation consulting and digitisation consulting, as well as in our scientific research work, we have come across six main groups of persons in charge who contribute to anchoring an innovation process in innovation management on a sustainable basis.
These roles are not necessarily tied to different employees. For example, an innovation manager can be both an expert in a particular field and a method specialist. The point is that all roles are covered.