About the Innovator

The BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH is a scientific engineering research institute at the University of Bremen. One of the two research divisions “Application of Information and Communication Technologies in Production (IKAP)“, is headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus-Dieter Thoben. The presented innovation has been developed by its department “collaborative business in Enterprise networks” that develops solutions for inter-organisational collaborations.

What is the innovation

InnoNetScore is a methodology based on the concept of the Capability Maturity Model (CMM). This concept was initially developed for quality assessment in software development, but has been adapted towards collaborative innovation management.

A questionnaire has been designed and tested to rate the maturity of a given innovation management and the distribution of best-practices among the network. InnoNetScore provides individual recommendations on how to improve the collaborative innovation management and the achieved score is visualized in a 5x4 matrix.

A picture of the BIBA team
A picture of the BIBA team

Out of the lab – Into the Market

The idea has been implemented into an online questionnaire that includes 32 questions, each with multiple possible answers. This prototype has been successfully tested in multiple case studies with external partners. Future activities concern the refinement of InnoNetScore based on its test results, so that it can be applied for consulting services and self-improvement on a wider scale. Strategic partners are welcomed in order to facilitate the introduction of InnoNetScore to relevant markets.

Benefits of participation in the Framework Programme

During the framework programme, BIBA conducted multiple successful projects that led to a greater understanding and advances in the research areas of production and logistics, logistics services, automobile, aviation, and wind energy. Our participation to FP7 Bivee project helped to keep in touch with developments across Europe, and prepare for the future.