Capability based research initiatives are required to transform the industry by defining new capabilities to be adopted.
These new capabilities will enable Organisations across the Public and Private sector to implement and capitalise on the Centre findings.
1. Safe Harbour (Legal Construct)
Currently Industry has limited freedom to share their unique ground breaking ideas and intellectual property with Government.
This is because probity and procedure requires total transparency and equal opportunity to compete on a fair level playing field.
This constrains innovation because it doesn’t reward it, in fact it effectively penalises innovative organisations.
‘Safe Harbour’ provides a legal haven where the supplier can engage openly and candidly with their Government Client with total confidence that their ideas, copyright and intellectual property will remain confidential and protected.
2. Option Evaluation & Selection Apples & Oranges (Business Management)
Currently Government procurement decisions are generally made by comparing ‘apples with apples’ (E.g. Lowest cost provider evaluation)
This is because decisions made upon common data elements with detailed requirements and specifications are transparent and can be easily justified.
This constrains innovation because it effectively eliminates ambiguity and ‘ambiguity is where innovation is born’.
‘Option Evaluation & Selection’ welcomes and harnesses ambiguity. Ambiguity brings ‘freedom of thought’ and breakthrough ideas. The challenge with option evaluation in ambiguity is the necessity to consider wildly varying concepts and ideas. That is; the necessity to evaluate ‘apples with oranges’ in fact, ‘apples with aeroplanes’.
3. Accountability in Uncertainty (Management Theory)
Currently procurement contracts and delivery agreements are often based on detailed requirements and specifications.
This is because an audit or compliance based governance model is easy to measure, track and score.
This constrains innovation because a detailed ‘tick-a-box’ approach assumes a high degree of certainty and simplicity.
‘Accountability in Uncertainty’ provides the flexibility for Leadership to shape the direction and craft the solution without cause for reverting to outdated pre-conceived expectations. It empowers the team to respond to shifting environments and emergent issues the way they need to, particularly when executing a large, complex, multi-faceted, highly contextual and ambiguous initiative.