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This document describes the fundamental concepts, principles, and vocabulary of innovation management and its systematic implementation. It is applicable to:

a) organizations that need to improve their ability to effectively manage innovation activities;

b) organizations implementing an innovation management system, or performing innovation management assessments;

c) users and other interested parties (e.g. customers, suppliers, partners, funding organizations, investors, universities, and public authorities) seeking confidence in an organization’s innovation capability;

d) organizations and interested parties seeking to improve communication through a common understanding of the vocabulary used in innovation management;

e) providers of training, materials, assessment, consultancy, or advice in innovation management;

f) developers of innovation management and related standards.

This document is intended to be applicable to:

a) all types of organizations, regardless of type, sector, maturity, or size;

b) all types of innovations, e.g. product, service, process, model, method innovations, from incremental to radical innovations;

c) all types of innovation approaches, e.g. internal, collaborative, user-, market- or technology-driven innovation.

This document specifies the terms and definitions applicable to all innovation management and innovation management system standards developed by ISO/TC 279.