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For this second assignment, you are required to produce a 3000 word written report. From your findings in CW1 you are to develop an innovation road map that outlines the preparation of the innovation process. This audit will factor in the wider, operational environment of both up and downstream suppliers and service providers, whilst developing a fuller picture of the organisation’s full innovation capacity.
This assignment tests the following Learning Outcomes for the module:
Apply an evaluative approach to a range of business data, sources of information and appropriate methodologies in identifying drivers of innovation within a business and its environments;
Analyse and illustrate how organisations and their leaders can successfully plan and prepare for innovation;
Critically discuss the importance of organisational knowledge, knowledge transfer and cross functional co-operation in order to analyse and assess innovation capability and blockages;
Actively engage in the identification of a new product/service for a chosen organisation and identify the key activities required for its successful development;
Conduct an innovation/organisational development audit appropriate for the introduction of the new product/service.
The Assignment Task:
This assignment leads on logically from the findings of CW1 and students are expected to use the same organisation as CW1
From your findings in CW1 you are to develop an innovation road map that outlines the preparation of the innovation process. This will factor in the wider, operational environment of both up and downstream suppliers and service providers, whilst developing a fuller picture of the organisation’s full innovation capacity.
Note: Words used in applied models, tables; charts etc… within the main body of the report are NOT included in the report word count. Content placed in the appendices MUST have a clear connection to the main body. Any work copied and paste into the report and/or the appendices that is not discussed, analysed or mentioned will not be considered by the marker.
Suggested Report Structure.
Front Cover page
Executive Summary (NOT included in word count 400 words max)
Introduction, Purpose of the Report & Structure (200 words)
The Future of the Industry 2020 and Beyond (500 words)
The Organisations Innovation Requirements 2020 and Beyond (500 words)
Building the Future Innovation Capabilities for the Organisation (1,500 words)