DABEI-Innovation Climate-Index 2011 How does Germany get from “Eureka!” to “Hooray!”? (2 pages)

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The Deutsche Aktionsgemeinschaft Bildung-
Erfindung-Innovation e.V. (DABEI) was founded
more than 25 years ago as a reaction to the
Japanese challenge to increase the innovative
strength of Germany. For DABEI an innovation
is the realization of an invention as a product or
service which is successful on the market. In the
survey at hand we from DABEI deal with the
following questions: Which innovation
resistances exist in Germany? And how can we
overcome these resistances to release our
innovation potential?

To answer these questions we combined
quantitative and qualitative


As preliminary studies we analyzed freely
available surveys which allow conclusions
about the importance of innovation and the
significance of innovation resistances. Within a

public-opinion poll we conducted an inquiry
about the DABEI-Innovation Climate-Index as in
the last year. We complemented these results
with interviews with experts for Germany and for
each continent of the earth. This way we could
evaluate the innovation climate in Germany
from an inside-out- and an outside-in-
perspective as well as determine innovation
strengths and weaknesses. The survey was
conducted in cooperation with Deckert
Management Consultants GmbH and the
Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production
Engineering of RWTH Aachen University.

shows that the innovation climate has slightly
improved and is now in a neutral area. This
reflects the general cautious economic

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DABEI-Innovation Climate-Index 2011

DABEI-Innovation Climate-Index 2011

How does Germany get from “Eureka!” to “Hooray!”?

In a ranking of the innovation resistances the following resistances were in the
top five from which we drew the conclusions written underneath:






Short-term economic activities / shareholder value-concept

Protection of acquired possession / lobbying

Too much bureaucracy

Fear of change

Unflexible organisation / departmental egotism

Innovation is an investment into the future.

Innovation means creative destruction.

Innovation means to create, not to administrate.

Innovation needs readiness to assume risk, not a mentality of
comprehensive coverage.

Innovations works other than production.

The two innovation resistances “not enough
entrepreneurial spirit” and “deficits of education,
research & transfer policy” were relegated from
the top five, but are still in the top ten and are still
evaluated as important hurdles by the
participants of the survey.

The highest upward climbers of the innovation
resistances - of course in a negative sense - are
“bad leadership” climbing twelve ranks and

“missing sense of responsibility” climbing nine
ranks. Our conclusion:

The biggest

of Germany

are a good infrastructure, a high degree of
knowledge and creativity, no moral decline and
a low rate of corruption, a sufficient patent
system as well as enough market development

Innovation needs

entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

innovation strengths

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