Competences needed to make it succeed
Meiju Räsänen, Ari Putkonen and Liisa Kairisto-Mertanen
Higher education represents a critical factor in innovation and human capital development on society, curricula and individual levels. As a learning outcome individual competence consists of knowledge, skills and attitudes. However, we have limited or even mysterious ideas how creative individuals utilize their competences during innovation processes and what kind of demands they meet. The aim of this exploratory study is to demonstrate how the different phases of an innovation process call for different kinds of innovation competences to produce successful results. The exploratory study considers the theories of innovation processes and innovation competences together and builds linkages between them. In the final contribution the integrated model of innovation process and competences will be introduced. This model helps education planners and teachers to develop higher education and pedagogical practices and students to understand the importance of innovation competences when they participate real development activities and innovation processes in working life.