Globalisation has brought many markets together and presently, the competition does not just rest within a single country. Products and services from various enterprises located across the world are competing on a single platform. In times of such competition, the success of any particular company is gauged by the speed at which it can innovate goods and bring them to the forefront.
What is innovation?
Innovation defines the ability of any agency to benefit from the breakthroughs of scientific achievements and convert it into practical solutions for marketing. A combination of efficient flow of technology, ready supply of finance and adequate business skills are the three pillars which can boost an SME.
Many SMEs keep on repeating their processes and often fail to innovate and thus eventually lose to competition. SMEs have a huge potential to innovate and are well aware of their market. They are familiar with their manufactured product and user expectations and can utilize the opportunity to innovate. Lack of funds is also another deterrent for many SMEs.
Engage relevant talent
To improve their status, SMEs can even hire an innovation coach who would share his expertise to prepare the innovation process. They can also hire exclusive R & D professionals for new product developments and dedicate an entire wing for the same. They can outsource the research work at a much cheaper rate. Many low end SMEs may not be able to innovate as per their requirement. They should improve their efficiencies in HR, finance and customer management systems to support themselves.
It has been proved that firms which invest a good amount of their profits in developing innovation or R & D turn out to be at the top of their list in production. SMEs also need to understand the various SOPs offered by the government or policies which can be utilised by them to fund their R & D projects.
Spread good humour
For bringing innovation one has to understand its benefits and also venture into new collaborations to initiate innovation. An SME has to invest in promising innovators who can boost and contribute with greater ideas in the existing set-up. A work culture suitable for innovation has to be cultivated and results are expected to show with the passage of time. It has to be reflected in various segments within the agency including in its management. It is a group phenomenon and never an individual attempt, thus, the team has to be nurtured to express their views and encouraged to be creative.
Innovation also demands a certain dedication in terms of manpower, resources and finances. SME needs to prepare their employees by sending them to workshops, seminars and conferences where they can pick up handy tips. Senior staff are often found to be antagonistic towards innovative ideas and implementations and they also need to be kept in the loop regarding new processes. Ideas have to be worked upon in a collaborative manner and supportive people are required within an agency to support new initiatives. Fostering innovation is hard, but innovative SMEs are cut out for a larger canvas.