Global Business Innovation Conversation: speaking the language of innovation


Matthew Young from IMCRC in attendance at RMIT’s Global Business Innovation Conversation

Embracing innovation can be a difficult experience for some manufacturing firms, however at the second Global Business Innovation Conversation event in 2019, a group of experts at RMIT highlighted how businesses can ease the pain.

According to Matthew Young, manufacturing innovation manager at the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC), innovation requires openness about expectations.

“You have to be brutally honest in innovation. When you’re engaging industry with universities, the pace people work at often doesn’t match,” said Young.

According to Bernard Lee, who is part of Australia Post’s Strategy and Innovation Portfolio, the people who are driving innovation have to be committed to the changes they are leading.

“Culture is critical to making open innovation work. You have to have leaders who believe in an innovation culture,” said Lee.