Course Content
Establish Work Practices
1.1 Identify relevant stakeholders 1.2 Identify organisational objectives and practices 1.3 Evaluate current work conditions 1.4 Determine working conditions that allow innovative practices according to organisational policies and procedures 1.5 Identify organisational resources relating to innovation 1.6 Build and lead team and maximise opportunities for innovation
Create and Implement an Innovative Environment
2.1 Evaluate the impacts of changing work environment 2.2 Collaborate with stakeholders and develop ideas for enhancing work environment 2.3 Identify and select resources required for enhancing work environment 2.4 Assess the ability of the workspace to support innovation 2.5 Assist team members to adapt and perform in new work environment 3.1 Encourage creative mindsets, collaborative working and development of positive workplace relationships 3.2 Reinforce the value of innovation according to organisational vision and objectives 3.3 Take risks to open up opportunities for innovation 3.4 Select ways of celebrating and encouraging innovation 3.5 Encourage and support evaluation of innovative ideas
Share and Evaluate Your Innovative Ideas and Work Environment
4.1 Share relevant information, knowledge and skills on innovative practices with stakeholders 4.2 Provide and encourage formal and informal learning opportunities to develop skills required for innovation 4.3 Create opportunities where individuals can learn from the experience of others 4.4 Seek and respond to suggestions, improvements and innovations from all team members
BSBSTR501 Establish innovative work environments
About Lesson

Two management styles that might inadvertently stifle innovation within organisations are autocratic management and micromanagement. These approaches can create an environment that discourages creative thinking and risk-taking, essential components of innovation. Here’s how each style could hinder innovation:

  1. Autocratic Management:
  • Description: Autocratic management is characterised by individual control over all decisions, with little input from team members. Autocratic managers typically make choices based on their own ideas and judgments and rarely accept advice from followers. This style is often associated with a clear, top-down decision-making process.
  • Impact on Innovation: In an autocratic environment, the lack of team involvement in decision-making can lead to a decrease in creative input from team members. When individuals feel that their ideas and opinions are not valued or considered, they may be less likely to contribute innovative solutions or engage in creative problem-solving. For instance, in a marketing agency, an autocratic manager might dictate campaign strategies without consulting the team, potentially overlooking fresh, innovative ideas that could have emerged from a more collaborative approach.
  1. Micromanagement:
  • Description: Micromanagement involves excessive control or attention to details by managers, leaving little autonomy or decision-making power to team members. Micromanagers closely observe or control the work of their subordinates or employees, often focusing on minor details and not seeing the bigger picture.
  • Impact on Innovation: This management style can significantly hinder innovation by stifacing individual initiative and creativity. When employees are constantly monitored and their every move is scrutinised, they may feel less inclined to experiment or propose new ideas for fear of criticism or failure. This can create a risk-averse culture where maintaining the status quo becomes the norm. For example, in a software development team, a micromanaging leader might insist on approving every line of code, slowing down the development process and discouraging developers from trying out innovative programming solutions.


Both autocratic management and micromanagement can create a work environment that is not conducive to innovation. By limiting team member involvement and autonomy, these management styles can suppress creative thinking and discourage the kind of risk-taking that is often necessary for innovation to thrive.