Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, international standards and innovation capabilities have always been strong drivers and catalysts for human and societal development. International standards as well as increased innovation capabilities will continue to play even more important roles in the world of digitalization, globalization, fast change and extreme planetary and human challenges that we face today!
Good for all of us then, that the International standardization organization, ISO, is developing new international standards for Innovation Management as we speak!
The ongoing ISO/TC 279 work may very well be one of the most important standardization efforts since the ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 standards was published back in the eighties. One important difference though is that the ISO9001/ISO14001 standards are so called “certification standards” but the upcoming standards for Innovation Management will be “guidance standards”, i.e. there will not be any formal certifications on the Innovation Management standards.
I just participated in the ISO/TC 279 workgroup meetings in Madrid. It gathered 50+ attendees from 48 countries all over the world, an impressive demonstration of global collaboration at its best! And also a fruitful mix between global innovation practitioners (such as myself) and academia which I take as a guarantee for that the upcoming standard will be applicable and relevant for innovation practitioners all over the world.