Collaborative innovation strategy program

The Collaborative Innovation Strategy program (CISp) was launched in September 2007. 

The aim of this program is to facilitate the development of broad innovation capabilities throughout the whole supply chain leading to:

  • accelerated adoption of R&D outcomes
  • a more strategic focus in innovation initiatives
  • greater impact derived from investment in innovation by companies 

The program involves the co-development of comprehensive innovation strategies with individual enterprises which meet their commercial imperatives as well as focusing on the implementation of key industry and government innovation priorities.

The development of collaborative innovation strategies involves a structured facilitation process, developed and delivered by MLA, with individual enterprises.

All of MLA's activities aim to bring benefit to the wider Australian red meat industry, including the CIS program. This is done through a number of channels including:

  • open days
  • dissemination of final reports
  •  facilitated adoption and commercialisation plans for new technologies

There are two stages of the Collaborative Innovation Strategy program.

Collaborative Innovation Strategies Program Phase 1

Phase 1 of the Collaborative Innovation Strategy program involves the partner company being engaged in the program for a period of three years. Phase 1 of the program includes:

  • a foundation program of innovation strategy and KPI development and documentation
  • support for enterprise-based innovation resources
  • capability development
  • change management

Throughout the program there is also the opportunity for MLA and the partner company to collaborate on a range of targeted R&D and adoption projects.

A number of companies within the red meat processing sector, as well as companies working in the value adding sector and breed societies have particpated in Phase 1 of the Collaborative Innovation Strategy program to date. The companies involved in the program have reported it to have been valuable to their companies in terms of:

  • building relationships and gaining enterprise commitment
  • increasing the level of investment in innovation by individual enterprises
  • building capability to manage R&D and innovation initiatives
  • enabling more effective and efficient engagement with MLA 

Collaborative Innovation Strategies Program Review

To ensure the Collaborative Innovation Strategies program remians current and the Australian red meat industry gains maximum benefit, an external review of the CISp program is currently being conducted by the Univeristy of Queensland business school.

The review will include a number of case studies to evaluate the effectiveness of the program both from MLA and the participating companies' perspective and will provide insights and recommendations for the program going forward. 

It is anticipated that the review will be completed by mid 2012.