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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

An article from the Harvard Business Review titled The 4 Types of Innovation and the Problems They Solve categorises innovation into four distinct types, each addressing different kinds of challenges and opportunities within organisations and markets. Understanding these types can help professionals and organisations tailor their innovation strategies effectively. 

Here’s a detailed overview of each type: 

  1. Sustaining Innovation:
  • Description: This type of innovation focuses on making incremental improvements to existing products, services, or processes. It’s about enhancing what already works to add value, increase efficiency, or improve performance without fundamentally changing the core offering.
  • Application: Sustaining innovations are often seen in mature industries where companies strive to stay competitive by refining their offerings. For example, a vocational training provider might update their curriculum with the latest industry standards or incorporate new teaching technologies to enhance learning outcomes.


  1. Breakthrough Innovation:
  • Description: Breakthrough innovation tackles tough problems by merging diverse expertise, like combining marine biology with chip design. This cross-disciplinary approach, inspired by Thomas Kuhn’s paradigms, fosters unexpected solutions by applying knowledge from one field to challenges in another, highlighting the value of open innovation strategies..
  • Application: In the vocational training sector, a breakthrough innovation could be the development of a completely new training methodology that combines AI tools with learning activities, to provide fast, asynchronous responses in learning contexts.


  1. Basic Research:
  • Description: This type of innovation is driven by the pursuit of knowledge without a specific application in mind. It’s about exploring new frontiers and understanding fundamental principles, which can eventually lead to groundbreaking innovations.
  • Application: Within vocational training, basic research might involve studying the underlying psychological principles of adult learning. Although not immediately applicable, such research can lay the groundwork for developing more effective training programs in the future.


  1. Disruptive Innovation:
  • Description: Disruptive innovation refers to a new product, service, or business model that significantly alters the way a market functions. It usually starts by targeting overlooked segments of the market or creating a new market, eventually displacing established market-leading firms, products, and alliances. Unlike breakthrough innovations that can be radical but not necessarily disruptive, disruptive innovations change the competitive dynamics of industries, often by offering simpler, more affordable, or more convenient alternatives to what’s currently available.
  • Application: In the vocational training sector, a disruptive innovation could be the introduction of an online platform that offers micro-credentials in emerging technologies at a fraction of the cost and time of traditional training programs. This platform could initially appeal to individuals looking for quick, flexible learning options and eventually disrupt the traditional vocational training market by setting new standards for accessibility, affordability, and relevance.


Each of these innovation types serves a different purpose and requires distinct approaches, mindsets, and resources. By identifying the type of innovation they are pursuing, vocational training professionals and organisations can better align their strategies, investments, and efforts to achieve their goals and address the specific problems they aim to solve.