Sustaining and Embedding Innovations - wiki JISC Sustaining and Embedding Innovations / Overview of sustaining and embedding innovations
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Overview of sustaining and embedding innovations

This section focuses on:

  • The different stages of innovation from invention to systemic innovation.
  • Definitions of sustainability and embedding.
  • Understanding the serendipitous nature of innovation.


Key messages:

  • There is often a misunderstanding of the differences between invention and innovation and it is important to recognise that there are different stages of innovation.
  • Sustainability in innovation projects can be defined as embedding change as well as maintaining and enhancing project outcomes.
  • Sustainability is not necessarily about maintaining all project activities and being dependent on further funding. 
  • The institutional environment is key to sustaining and embedding innovation e.g. appropriate organisational structures, a more business-like and entrepreneurial approach to innovation and building capacity for an innovation culture.
  • Unanticipated benefits emerge from projects which can help innovations become more sustainable and embedded.