Welcome to South Africa’s first State of Innovation Report on Capabilities 2018–2019.

The Creative Leadership Collective and University of Stellenbosch Business School partnered on this pilot report with the goal of helping South African leaders better understand the practical steps they must take to make innovation repeatable and impactful.

By undertaking this research annually, greater benchmarking information will emerge to guide these innovation leaders along their way.

After all, only by knowing where we are, can we move forward to where we want to be.

Paul Steenkamp
Co-Founder at the Creative Leadership Collective | Member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation

Dr Awie Vlok
Stellenbosch University | Department of Business Management, USB

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

  • South African executives are good at developing, aligning around and communicating their organisation’s innovation strategy, well done.
  • The bad news is that our innovation practices are immature. We need to innovate the way innovation is funded, as well as make more funds available for the process.
  • We also need to work more closely with the education system to deliver the skills we need to embed continuous innovation in our organisations.
  • The ugly news is that politics, turf wars and lack of alignment are the dominant innovation obstacles.

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The Capabilities

Using a six-point scale, The State of Innovation Report measured six general innovation management routines used before in other studies, with some customisation for local conditions.

Download the report to get the highlights or drill down for the details.

THE CREATIVE LEADERS WE SPOKE TO

This report provides a snapshot of where South Africa is at in its development of an innovation ecosystem and who forms part of this process in the corporate and broader organisational spaces.

A total of 119 participants contributed to this pilot survey representing several companies and industries across South Africa. Although this is a small sample, we were inspired to move quickly by Innovation Made Tangible, a similar study which had 112 respondents.

Getting this show on the road

In the spirit of lean innovation, this pilot survey was designed and launched as a punchy, low-risk first iteration.

Our goal was to get moving on a successful pilot to start the process of generating a comprehensive and longitudinal dataset via an ongoing annual survey. These findings are therefore tentative.

However, we’re excited that these emerging patterns are resonating strongly with leaders and intrapreneurs on the ground – those driving innovations that matter to our companies, country, continent and world.

And the thanks goes to

This first State of Innovation Report was made possible by the selfless contributions of several people whom we would like to thank, including Dr Tendayi Viki, Prof Mugendi K M’Rithaa and many others, whose inputs helped us to refine and consolidate other surveys, expert views and state of innovation reports.

We would also like to thank every participant for taking the time to complete this survey. Without you, quite literally, this report wouldn’t be possible.

Our intention is to repeat this survey every year for a five-year period to monitor and report progress. There may be interim surveys conducted at the request of members.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR IF YOU HAVE SURVEY QUESTIONS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE REPORTS FROM THE CREATIVE LEADERSHIP COLLECTIVE (CLC) PLEASE EMAIL PAUL STEENKAMP AT paul@clcafrica.com.