The CIPD embarked on a research programme with the University of Bath to look beneath the surface of innovation and understand the role that HR and L&D professionals play.
In this research series we explain how HR helps to support the human, social and organisational capital that fuels innovation and transformation and how the various dimensions of innovation manifest themselves in organisations. We explore how innovation happens in networked organisations and how local government and to some extent the public sector have taken on the innovation challenge. We also look at how creative firms have developed the tension between customer needs and the innovation imperative. We reflect on the critical role of employee involvement and trust in building the foundations for innovation, and briefly outline some contextual issues around the role of government. Finally, we have developed five innovation profiles describing different approaches to innovation that organisations adopt.