Title Innovation Strategic Initiatives Platform for SME in children´s product industries
Project Number 527401-LLP-1-2012-1-ES-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Project ISIP aims at improving competitiveness in the SMEs of the children’s products sector by means of a platform that provides specific training modules on innovation strategy and a tool to define particular innovation strategic initiatives according to each SME.
ISIP platform will enhance the competences of SME key staff thus enabling them to define and develop innovation strategies which shall increase innovation planning efficiency and the development of sound innovation projects so as to produce new products, processes or services that foster SME competitiveness, economic growth and employment as a result.
Summary In all European sectors, skills needed by workers and employers are changing rapidly due to diverse factors: technological change, global competition, ageing populations and evolving social structures. Furthermore, Europe foresees an increasing demand for a high-qualified and adaptable workforce and more skills-dependent jobs with a decline of the proportion of jobs requiring low levels of education attainment from 26.2% to 18.5%. On the other hand, it is agreed the important role SME play in creating more and better jobs in Europe. However, SME find it difficult to develop plans and initiatives on research and innovation which yields lower levels of product innovation and undermines competitiveness as a result. Children's product industry (eg. footwear, childcare, furniture, toys, textiles, etc.) suffers from above features even greatly due to additional factors like aggressive competition, price-pressure from low-labour cost, shifting of production sites, the low-skilled nature of most of their job roles or the fact that a vast number of enterprises are SMEs with limited resources. This project will put together organisations with expertise and knowledge in children's product industry to develop a platform that provides customized training on innovation strategy methodology and concepts for the acquirement of key competences on the matter as well as eases the development of innovation strategic initiatives by providing an adequate tool that will enable SME to define initial guidelines for innovation according to the specific characteristics of each company. Apart from the training material and the tool for the definition of innovation strategic initiatives, the platform will also include tutoring support to the learning process of key staff and two existing tools that will assist SME to assess themselves from an innovation standpoint: - AIJU Competitive Intelligence System with external key sectoral data. - IEP Innovation Management System for internal evaluation.
Description The project will set-up an appropriate sectoral tool (ISIP platform), addressed to allow the SMEs managers to define their Innovation Strategic Initiative Plans, facilitating them with information, customised training, consultancy and monitoring in the process. All aforementioned shall increase innovation planning efficiency and the development of sound innovation projects to yield new products, processes or services. ISIP ultimately help foster a culture of innovation among companies in the sector (especially SMEs).
Other Service Activities
Information and Communication
material for open learning
open and distance learning
Product information The developed platform offers SME managers a method to develop its strategic plan innovation initiatives contributing to increased competitiveness of European enterprises based on knowledge and effective management and efficient. The platform resulting from the project will be available in 5 languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Czech) to increase acceptance of the course in Europe.