Successful piloting of assessment tool for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) the ability to grow sustainably and flexibly adjust to changes of the market, is a continuing challenge for both German and Australian companies. The Organization innovate SA, which is explicitly dedicated to the needs of Australian businesses, provides for this purpose already for a long time a diagnostic instrument under the name business diagnostic “on. In the context of Australian German cooperation this instrument was expanded now innovation and sustainable keitsaspekte, so can businesses in addition to your current business development in detail check now also their sustainability and appropriate optimization identify potentials. This establishes the base for a company-wide process of learning and change. The newly designed loading rating tool bundles innovate SA’s many years of experience in the field of business development and the expertise of the Fraunhofer IAO. The Institute has helps many companies in recent years including new strategic to align itself, to streamline their r & d processes and to bring greater flexibility and to create the necessary IT-environment. The project is supported by the South Australian Ministry of trade and economic development, as well as by an Australian Bank (Bank SA). Topics such as the innovation strategy, the innovation process and the results of the company are in the focus of the innovation aspects.
In the area of sustainability the three aspects under the microscope are taken in common policies such as the GRI index (global reporting initiative) be considered: economic, ecological and social sustainability. Methodology the assessment based on maturity issues and performance indicators. In the future, it should be done by a consultant in a half-day workshop on the spot in the company. In May 2011, the assessment with five Australian small – and medium-sized companies has been successfully piloted and optimized. The test with companies from various sectors carried out (tooling, software development, food production and contract manufacturing), to guarantee a wide applicability in the future. In a second phase of the pilot in October the assessment with 15 South Australian company is checked again before it against the end of the year will be finally ready for the market. More information: Fraunhofer IAO Tobias Hug, Fraunhofer IAO