I am part of a sub-group – or technically a project – within the Swedish Association for Innovation Management Professionals focusing on how the industry organization can conduct quality assurance on introductory courses in innovation management. Today we had a meeting with this group – or team – to finally nail the association’s stake in this.
The logic behind the central coordination of an introduction course in innovation management is to provide a common structure to what one can expect to learn from such a course. By conforming to the requirements from the association a participant can expect a certain level of quality, thus ensuring a “minimum” competence level once graduated from such a course. Every organizer is then of course welcome to diversify their content further as much as they like, but the idea is for the required basics to always be included.
The team noted that there are already a number of forefront initiatives underway, so we decided that instead of setting the requirements before these initiatives have been launched – and then hypothetically being forced to disclose one or more of them because they have different objectives or a different study plan than anticipated – we should run these as pilots first. So the decision now is that the upcoming training projects will run, starting this autumn, and we will first learn from their performance to then set the requirements for future training programs. From my point of view, this is a very solid approach.
My educational programs
And two of my training programs are – as they are based on the same fundamental curriculum – naturally part of this pilot and and are thus officially supported by the Swedish Association for Innovation Management Professionals. Since I am following current industry guidelines and standards we are more than aligned with the forthcoming requirements. Another feather in the hat for quality.