Invited Talk, ISO/IEC 15504 innoSPICE – Innovation Capability at the Science – Industry Interface

headerDr. Michael Boronowsky from the Innovation Capability Center at the University of Bremen was invited by the Verwertungsverbung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (VVB-MV) to present the topic “ISO/IEC 15504 innoSPICE – Innovation Capability at the Science – Industry Interface. The presentation was part of the event “Competitive Advantages by Innovation Management” (german only). This event was the starting point for a series of events to the topic “Innovation as a driver for growth”. The event was organized by VVB MV, the ATI-Küste GmbH (Enterprise Europe Network) and the Patent und Normen-Zentrum der Universität Rostock.

IMG_1252The VVB-MV is the confederation of twelve universities and research institutes in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The office of the VVB acquires funding for the legal protection university’s own inventions, manages these funds and market the university inventions to the public.

The presentation of Dr. Boronowsky was touching the following topics:

  • The nature and challenges of the science – industry/society interface.
  • Insights to the innovation capability of Universities and research centers.
  • The relation of individual learning and organizational learning.
  • Reliability in action – process orientation and quality management in innovation, knowledge and technology transfer.
  • innoSPICE as a tool to manage and to support the continuous improvement of the innovation capability.
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Dr. Boronowsky from the Innovation Capability Center is presenting the specific challenges at the academia – industry interface.

The several practical examples of typical challenges in the technology transfer process sounded very familiar to parts of the audience. The presentation was stressing the fact, that a productive collaboration between university and industry has to be based on professional management principles. Up to now the principle of hope is to often the foundation of a collaboration in this field. But to be a capable player within the innovation cycle requires professional and reliable acting. innoSPICE was introduced as one important management tool, that helps universities and research centers to reflect on the own capabilities in a structured and standardized way. There is a urgent need to support organizational learning in this area. So the mere improvement of individual skills is not sufficient enough, as organizational learning is much more than the sum of the individual competences. To improve the organizational capability it is also important to improve the structure and the processes of an organization. Being a reliable partner within the science industry interface requires a continuous reflection of the own acting. The ISO/IEC 15504 standard based model innoSPICE is supporting this reflection, using principles that have been successfully applied in e.g. software development industry since more than 25 years.

Chancen & Gefahren gewerblicher Schutzrechte - Eine Einführung in die Rechtsgrundlagen PA Stefan Rieke, SCHNICK & GARRELS Patentanwälte, Rostock

Chancen & Gefahren gewerblicher Schutzrechte – Eine Einführung in die Rechtsgrundlagen PA Stefan Rieke, SCHNICK & GARRELS Patentanwälte, Rostock

Even if the presentation was very dense and speedy – there was a very active and positive discussion at the end of the presentation. Several participants were agreeing to the proposed challenges and the need for more reliable structures and quality management also in this area. Most obvious the topic is very relevant for people with an interest to improve the own performance in the knowledge and technology transfer process.

All presentation given during this event were well selected and informative. All in all, it was a successful start of this planned series of events. IMG_1832

RAMSES Project start at IRESA

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Prof. Mohamed Aziz Darghouth, Dr. Ali Rhouma, Prof. Thouraya Souissi (from left to right)

The DAAD RAMSES project is based on a partnership between Germany, Egypt and
Tunisia. In the starting phase of the project the activities were concentrated on Cairo University. According to the operative planning the project activities were starting in Tunisia this week with the institution of Agricultural Research and Higher Education  IRESA. logo-iresaIRESA is constituted of 12 research institutions and centers and 11 institutions of Higher Education in Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, with the following major research Areas:

 

  •  Food security
  •  Sustainable management of natural resources (water, soil)
  •  Development of crops of high added value for exportation
  •  Quality of agricultural products (vegetables and animals)

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In a very productive meeting  Mrs. Tanja Woronowicz and Dr. Michael Boronowsky from the Innovation Capability Center of the University of Bremen, discussed with the IRESA management

  • Prof. Mohamed Aziz Darghouth: President of IRESA
  • Prof. Thouraya Souissi: Director of Pedagogical affairs
  • Dr. Ali Rhouma: Director of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of research programs (Directorate of research)
  • Mabrouk Helali: General Secretary
  • Issam Rebai: Engineer Responsible of the quality in ag. higher education at the directorate of the pedagogical affairs
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Mrs. Tanja Woronowicz presents the innoSPICE approach, that is applied in the framework of the RAMSES project.

about the current strategic orientation and about the organizational challenges of IRESA.The objectives of the RAMSES project are in good correspondence with the management objectives. There is a strong interest of RAMSES to increase the employability of the graduating students due to a better alignment with the requirements of the job market. IRESA management team also is interested to improve the internal structure and processes and to develop a stronger position in the valorization of the research results. The ISO/IEC 15504 standard based model innoSPICE was introduced and understood as a valuable instrument to support and improve management processes at IRESA. The Innovation Capability Center was invited to present the innoSPICE concept in upcoming conferences. It was agreed to start with the innoSPICE guided self assessment in the begin of the next year.

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Proposal Evaluation and Selection Meeting

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The management team of the Innovation Capability Center , Mrs. Tanja Woronowicz and Dr. Michael Boronowsky, were appointed to the Technical Committee of the Proposals’ evaluation and selection meeting of the “Improvement of the innovation management capacity of Research Centres” (IMC-RC) program call.  This competitive call for proposals was launched by the Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MHESR) in the context of the FP7-FETRIC Project.

The proposal evaluation meeting took place at 13.10.2015 in Tunis, for the selection of one research centre/laboratory from each social challenge

  • Resource efficiency particularly Water,
  • High Quality Affordable Food and
  • Energy particularly renewable energies.

IMG_1823Research centres/laboratories were asked to specify their goals and gaps, identify own strengths and propose its approach for reforms at the level of innovation management capacity. In three pilot projects a adapted plan for improving innovation capacities will be developed for each research centre/laboratory beneficiary of the IMC-RC program.

 

RAMSES visited FETRIC

IMG_1813The RAMSES project team from the Innovation Capability Center at University Bremen, Mrs. Tanja Woronowicz and Dr. Michael Boronowsky, attended the steering group meeting of the FETRIC project on 12. October 2015 in Tunis, Tunisia. The European FP7 Project FETRIC aims to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the EU and Tunisia, by enhancing synergies between actors, projects, and programmes in Science and Technology from EU and Tunisia. The project is coordinated be the Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MHESR) and beyond others the DLR (International Bureau of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) is partner of this BILAT EU-TUNISIA project.

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During the Meeting DLR presented the project task “Plan for improving the innovation management capacity of Research Centres”. The overall objectives of this task is to address the problem of the lack of linkages between the research community and the enterprises, and also the lack of skills ensuring interfaces and methods to create trust IMG_1814between the two worlds. Against this background the MHESR initiated in collaboration with the DLR a programme for the “Improvement of the innovation management capacity of Research Centres” (IMC-RC Programme). The programme IMC-RC aims to strengthen the innovation management capacity of the Tunisian research centres by introducing major changes in their way of governance, mainly in their administrative management and innovation strategy, and management of project and research activities.

IMG_1819A competitive call for proposals was launched by the MHESR. Research centres/laboratories were asked to specify their goals and gaps, identify own strengths and propose its approach for reforms at the level of innovation management capacity. In three pilot projects a adapted plan for improving innovation capacities willbe developed for each research centre/laboratory beneficiary of the IMC-RC programme.

It is planned to apply a similar methodological approach like in the RAMSES project (Coordinated by University of Bremen), based on an Innovation Capability Assessment according he ISO/IEC 15504 standard based model innoSPICE. This mission will be conducted by the Innovation Capability Team from Bremen University with the support of Tunisian experts, DLR and MHESR.

Through this action, the MHESR considers

  • positioning research laboratories in relation to the targeted objectives and international good practices in terms of management of knowledge- and technology transfer processes, and
  • establishing a “Plan for improving the innovation management capacity”.

This link between the FP7 FETRIC project and the DAAD RAMSES project is a valuable base to increase the impact of the RAMSES project in Tunisia and to increase  the application  base of the innoSPICE standard based model for innovation, knowledge- and technology transfer.

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Project “cb-cert” has started

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Link to our partner cbprocess.

In collaboration with our partner cbprocess, Bremen the project cb-cert has kicked off on 15th July 2015. This development project is actively supported by AIRBUS DS in Bremen. This innovation oriented collaboration is funded by WFB Business Development Agency Bremen in the framework of the FEI programme and will take 24 months.

cb-cert intends to develop a software framework supporting the coherent management and audits according to ISO9001:2015 and ISO/IEC 15504 innoSPICE. The focus is on improving the collaboration quality between heterogeneous partner organizations for innovation activities (on technical level as well as on the economical level). The solution will be piloted in the context of EcoMat – Center for Eco-efficient Materials and Technologies Bremen and will be extended to other large corporations in the second phase of the project.

An increasing global competition leads to a growing cost pressure. It also increases the need to coordinate processes systematically in research and development, manufacturing, distribution, service and logistics. Furthermore a certified, process-oriented quality assurance is a relevant component of many organizations’ business strategy. For some manufacturer, supplier and international acting companies a quality certification is even
mandatory. A fast, reliable and up-to-date communication flow between all stakeholders is essential to strengthen the competitive position of an organization. cb-cert provides a solution that allows links between different processes, documents and data with a high precision.

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cb-cert will:

  • make the new ISO 9001:2015 and ISO/IEC 15504 innoSPICE available in electronic form to support assessment, and process oriented quality management;
  • support the process oriented approach with flexible visualizations, cross linking between processes/base practices/process documentation/process capability assessments/process mapping etc;
  • ensure compatibility between different management systems and standard software suites. Products like MS Powerpoint, MS Sharepoint, SAP or the support of proprietary solutions via smart tags will be supported;
  • ensure appropriate integration of process relevant documentation;
  • support management oriented thinking by adopting Plan-Do-Check-Act-Cycles during process implementation.

ISO 9001:2015 and ISO/IEC 15504 innoSPICE are supposed to be synergetic components of quality management is expected to ensure a high degree of independence even in very close cooperation settings. On the other hand it will support the transfer of knowledge and technologies on a high quality level.