University of Limerick / Disability Federation of Ireland
"Innovation for Community and Voluntary Organisations"

The Innovation for Comminity and Voluntary Organisations programme is run jointly between the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) and the University of Limerick.

For whom

The module is aimed at those within the community & voluntary sector with a responsibility for governing, delivering service, coordinating activities, or with a role in the management of the organisation.


Organisation Activity
The programme will consist of a series of exercises that participants will have to undertake in their own organisation.  These are designed to develop their awareness of the level and type of quality management activities currently in practice.  Participants will review one quality management model and assess how it would be or is implemented in their organisation.

 

Day One - 10.30am-4.30pm

Unit 1 - Understanding Innovation, Innovation Strategy and Process in Services

This unit defines innovation and outlines its key attributes. In addition, it introduces the concept of treating innovation management as a process. This unit explains different approaches to innovation strategy and how to perceive, plan and adapt to emerging and cutting-edge trends. Service innovation is a driving force in the Irish economy and has seen significant growth in recent years. The unit explores what service innovation is, how it differs from product innovation, and its scope within organisations.

Day Two - 10.30am-4.30pm

Unit 2 - The Innovation Process: Idea Generation and Selection

This unit focuses on the organisational context for idea generation and how best to manage an organisation toward capturing and capitalising on its creativity. Innovative organisations can manage several simultaneous types of project that together make a successful portfolio. This unit explores how best to achieve a balanced portfolio that maximises gain and encourages innovation.

Day Three - 10.30am-4.30pm

Unit 3 - The Innovation Process: Implementation and Culture

This unit looks at the implementation of innovation projects from the organisational perspective once projects and portfolios are selected. How can a culture of innovation be stimulated and sustained within the organisation? This unit explores and examines this fundamental concept.

Day Four - 10.30am-4.30pm

Unit 4 - Collaboration for Innovation, Open Innovation and Knowledge Management

This unit defines innovation and outlines its key attributes. In addition, it introduces the concept of treating innovation management as a process. This unit explains different approaches to innovation strategy and how to perceive, plan and adapt to emerging and cutting-edge trends. Service innovation is a driving force in the Irish economy and has seen significant growth in recent years. The unit explores what service innovation is, how it differs from product innovation, and its scope within organisations.

Day Five - 10.30am-4.30pm

Unit 5 - Leadership and the Ambidextrous Organisation

Transformational leadership is a buzzword associated with innovation. In this unit we explore the need for context-sensitive approaches to leadership. Actively managing the diverse processes of exploration and exploitation can be a challenging task. This unit summarises the key challenges of innovation management, and reflects upon a holistic view of the module content.

Course Fee:

The cost of the course is €600.

Applications:

Applications are currently closed
If you are interested in this course, please contact Padraic Cooke in the University of Limerick on padraic.cooke@ul.ie or for some more information you can contact Eleanor Uí Fhiannachta in DFI by email on eleanoruifhiannachta@disability-federation.ie or by phone on 01-4547978.