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10. Skills and capabilities for Australian enterprise innovation

It is widely accepted that Australia needs an innovative, flexible and creative workforce with the capabilities to enable the country to maximize its opportunities. While technical and scientific capabilities are recognised as critical, there is a growing awareness that innovation also requires people who understand business, systems, culture and the way society uses and adopts new ideas. Business innovation and productivity therefore requires the interaction of a broad range of technical and non-technical capabilities. International studies have found that while building capabilities is a high strategic priority for companies and the required capabilities have evolved, the methods for building those capabilities have not. This project seeks to examine the way that Australia’s high-performing enterprises identify, manage, build and mix the capabilities to succeed.

Final report

Skills and Capabilities for Australian enterprise innovation, launched by Dr Alan Finkel AO FTSE at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne on Thursday 21 July 2016, is now available:


Expert working group

Prof Stuart Cunningham AM FAHA (Chair)
Prof Peter Gahan (Deputy Chair)
Mr Ken Boal
Prof Victor Callan FASSA
Prof Tam Sridhar AO FAA FTSE
Ms Christine Zeitz

Project Manager

Dr Kylie Brass Australian Academy of the Humanities

Project services provided by AAH on behalf of ACOLA.