Global Business Innovation

With the GBI ECP, RMIT will be "Leading and harnessing research-driven change to unlock the value and impact of innovation within Australia and worldwide".

It will deliver impactful research aimed at increasing the innovation capabilities of private and public sector firms, through a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach with external stakeholders, combining excellence and relevance, and promoting RMIT as an innovation hub.

This involves addressing a broad range of topics, including organisational forms, governance mechanisms, business model and partner selection for innovation, managerial practices conducive to innovation, innovation adoption and diffusion, individual characteristics of innovators, as well as innovation’s regulation, performance and impact – and illuminating innovation in all its facets with insights from a wide range of business fields including Economics, Strategy, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Organisational Behaviour, Sociology, Psychology, Human Resource Management, Logistics, Information Systems, Finance, Law, Accounting and Design – and incorporating STEM subject matter expertise as needed.

The research skills and competencies within this ECP can be applied to any sector or organisation, regardless of size or stage of development. The primary areas where our expertise will be directed are indicated below.

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Our Vision

Anne-Laure Mention, Director, RMIT Global Business Innovation ECP

Together with our public and private sector partners, we will generate research-driven change to unlock the value and impact of innovation in Australia and worldwide. 

Our impact

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ECP Post-COVID-19 Restart Initiatives

Along with harnessing existing research networks and projects to respond to COVID-19, RMIT’s Enabling Capability Platforms (ECPs) launched five cross-platform initiatives in June 2020 to address various key areas for post COVID-19 recovery. 

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GBI Conversation Series

The Global Business Innovation ECP Platform in collaboration with RMIT’s College of Business has launched the ‘Global Business Innovation Conversations’. This is a series of research-driven events showcasing the latest technology and innovation predicted to propel the future of business across industries. You can expect provocative and forward-thinking conversations among leaders in the field, backed by experimental and project research findings from global innovation hubs.

GBI Research Networks

Concept Paper Series 2019

The Enabling Capability Platforms initiated Concept Papers aimed at supporting the development of ideas for major interdisciplinary projects to address significant challenges requiring a truly interdisciplinary team to make substantial progress.

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Dr Serene Ho’s Concept Paper titled ‘Thinking About Treaty Spatially’ is now available to view. The paper explores spatial implications of treaty for land and geospatial professionals for building a shared future.

Key application areas

Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Knowledge-intensive firms across manufacturing and services
The tech-economy
Research translation hubs
Government bodies and agencies

Research and innovation priorities

Collaborative design approaches for innovation

Gathering together the competencies and skills required to engage in an open and collaborative innovation process.

Focus areas include:

  • designing innovation ecosystems and platforms
  • stakeholder engagement
  • co-creation
  • creativity and design thinking
  • business models
  • foresight
  • user experience and lead user innovation, and
  • value constellations and ideation

Organisational transformation and innovation capabilities enhancement

Embracing the range of capabilities needed to organise and implement innovation, including:

  • leadership and human resource management
  • technology and processes management
  • ICT-enabled innovation
  • knowledge and change management
  • engaging communication
  • quality management, and
  • supply chain management and optimisation.

This priority area also examines changes in work practices due to digital transformation.

Innovation performance and governance

This area addresses:

  • the interplay between innovation, regulation, law and intellectual property
  • management control and performance measurement
  • governance for innovative systems
  • the conditions needed for innovation to thrive
  • mechanisms and systems that support the diffusion of innovation, and
  • business ethics

Innovation valuation and impact measurement

This area focuses on measuring, valuing and evaluating innovation at all levels, from studying teams, projects and organisations, to entire nations.

It also studies innovation-related objects such as brands.

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This increased understanding of how to be more innovative, will enable our University and the Australian public and private sectors to translate our shared research findings into innovative products, services, systems and models that lead to world-changing economic, social and environmental benefits.

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If you're not sure how you can best work with us, our team can explain what's possible and put you in touch with the right person. 

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer