Rethinking Innovations in Water

We know that our future world will be very different from today’s in many ways.

With key trends in climate change, society, technology and resources, there is an imperative to be designing for the long – as well as the short term – to progressively help cities, communities and clients get ready for the future – and to embrace new ways of doing things.


In challenging the status quo, infrastructure projects can often fail in terms of budget, scope and time due to the inability to respond to new circumstances arising throughout the project. Some causes of the failure can be attributed to ineffective Knowledge Management (KM) and Innovation Management (IM) that may hamper project outcomes.


Lee Foster, Technical Executive of Water Treatment will be presenting at the International Public Works Conference in Hobart on Tuesday 27 August. She will share a knowledge-based innovation process that she has developed based on a case study, demonstrating how organisations could gain a competitive edge through improved innovation outcomes by utilising better knowledge and innovation management. Lee will describe a strategy and tools that she believes will help you implement a change in your business that is new and will add value – whether it is a product or a process.


Lee says, “Adopting a design-thinking approach, I developed this knowledge-based innovation process to help managers create the right environment to develop and implement new ideas that add value to their business to deliver better outcomes for our future communities.”


“The framework describes the process of innovation from the inception of the idea, knowledge development, transfer and implementation. The key aspect is about understanding the importance of feedback as well as trust and energy, to ensure the process continues until the innovation is fully embedded within the organisation or community. This step-by-step framework contains measures that can help managers formulate a strategy and monitor progress and thus, increase the likelihood of innovations succeeding.


“By empowering people to develop new ways of thinking about knowledge and embedding new ways of doing things, creates a melting pot for innovation. The case study I’m sharing demonstrates the importance of improved innovation and knowledge management systems to help businesses adapt to changing circumstances, such as droughts and floods, for a sustainable future for all.”


To find out more, please contact Lee Foster.


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