Mar 4, 2015
The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) is interested in innovation models and the ways in which they can be used to better harness and absorb innovation from external sources. To this end, the MOD commissioned RAND Europe to conduct a study of innovation models and make recommendations on changes the MOD could make.
The research considered different innovation models and developed a framework that describes innovation systems in general and is applicable to defence in particular. The analysis was built around this framework, with four recommendations being developed for changes the MOD should make internally. These recommendations are based on how the MOD engages with external actors, how it should create and participate in innovation networks and how it could create and use spaces for innovation.
This report has been prepared for the Defence Science and Technology (DST) staff in the MOD and for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). It will be of interest to those working in innovation, science, and technology policy more generally and those with a specific interest in defence research and technology development.
Scene setting: a narrative for the potential future of innovation in the MOD
Study objectives and methodology
An analytical framework for understanding innovation
Recommendations for the MOD: four levels of change
The feasibility and impact of the proposed changes
Harnessing innovation from academia
Literature review methodology
List of stakeholder interviews
Interview protocol for stakeholder engagement
First expert workshop
Options for action derived from the framework
Second expert workshop
Measuring innovation in the MOD