An innovation management system is a set of interrelated and interacting elements, aiming for the realization of value. It provides a common framework to develop and deploy innovation capabilities, evaluate performance, and achieve intended outcomes.

The elements can be gradually adopted to implement the system according to the particular context and circumstances of the organization. Full benefits can be gained when all the elements of the innovation management system, are adopted by the organization.

Ultimately, the effective implementation of the innovation management system relies on the commitment by top management and the ability of leaders to promote innovation capabilities and a culture supporting innovation activities.

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    1.  This ISO standard provides guidance for the establishment, implementation, maintenance, and continual improvement of an innovation management system for use in all established organizations. It is applicable to:

    a) organizations seeking sustained success by developing and demonstrating their ability to effectively manage innovation activities to achieve the intended outcomes;
    b) users, customers, and other interested parties, seeking confidence in the innovation capabilities of an organization;
    c) organizations and interested parties seeking to improve communication through a common understanding of what constitutes an innovation management system;
    d) providers of training in, assessment of, or consultancy for, innovation management and innovation management systems;
    e) policy makers, aiming for higher effectiveness of support programs targeting the innovation capabilities and competitiveness of organizations and the development of society.

    2. All the guidance within this ISO standard is generic and intended to be applicable to:

    a) all types of organizations, regardless of type, sector, or size. The focus is on established organizations, with the understanding that both temporary organizations and start-ups can also benefit by applying these guidelines in all or in part;
    b) all types of innovations, e.g. product, service, process, model, and method, ranging from incremental to radical;
    c) all types of approaches, e.g. internal and open innovation, user-, market-, technology-, and design-driven innovation activities.
    It does not describe detailed activities within the organization, but rather provides guidance at a general level. It does not prescribe any requirements or specific tools or methods for innovation activities.

    Innovation management principles

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    This document is based on innovation management principles. An innovation management principle includes a statement of the principle, a rationale of why the principle is important for the organization, some examples of benefits associated with the principle, and finally examples of actions the organization can take to improve performance when applying the principle.

    The following principles are the foundation of the innovation management system:
    a) realization of value;
    b) future-focused leaders;
    c) strategic direction;
    d) culture;
    e) exploiting insights;
    f) managing uncertainty;
    g) adaptability;
    h) systems approach.

    The principles can be considered as an open set to be integrated and adapted within the organization.