Hoe herkent u innovators in uw organisatie?

Wilke van Beest en René Butter

(How to recognize innovators in your organization)

There is no valid measurement tool that can measure innovative capacity and thereby explicitly takes into account the relationship between the practice, education and the additional environmental factors. This instrument, the ICB (Innovation Competencies Barometer) will be developed in the research program FINCODA (Framework for Innovation Competencies Development and Assessment). Based on indicators we found in literature, we have developed a checklist that managers can use by themselves to obtain more insight into the innovative potential of their employees. The instrument is designed on an especially development-oriented way. For example, the employee can fill in the checklist by him- or herself and the manager fill in the checklist about the employee. By engaging in conversation about the scores, both, the manager and the employee, works focused on the strengthening of innovative behavior.

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Oliver Caunt

Oliver Caunt is the Managing Director of family business, John Caunt Scientific Ltd, who specialise in nuclear instrumentation design and manufacture. Oliver relocated the business to the Bury in 2005 and has since overseen stable growth from £1m turnover to just under £2m.

With roots firmly established in the SME landscape, Oliver is a strong champion of entrepreurship and positive collaboration. He is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme; has led a successful £1m grant application in collaboration with the University of Liverpool to develop world-class nuclear reactor safeguards and operations technology; is a member of a pan-European academic/commercial collaborative project- FINCODA - setup to establish a global standard tool to define and identify innovative competencies in people for the benefit of post graduates and employers; is a participant in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's SME mentor programme; was nominated as one of the North West Insider Magazine's 42 under 42 (faces of the future) in 2012; was the best in class for Technology in the Made in Bury Business Awards 2013; a member of the IoD99 (Institute of Directors 99 select entrepreneurs) and is now a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers in London.

Oliver lives in Ramsbottom with his wife, Ivona, and 2 young children. He spends as much time as possible out in the countryside with the kids, the dog, running and on his mountain bike, as well as enjoying the many excellent local restaurants and pubs in the area!