Project dates: 01/09/2018 - 31/05/2021
Innovation adoption and diffusion in mining firms
This research project, funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE), developed a set of business tools to assist mining and METS firms in the implementation of step change innovations. The tools are designed for complex mining environments with the aim to achieve mining innovation and community development objectives. The tools were validated with the practitioners.
“Developing business and eco-system management tools to support technology diffusion and overcome organisational and behavioural barriers to change”
Three tools were developed to assist mining and METS professionals to implement radical innovations.
- An innovation culture assessment tool (iCAT) and an organisational process model for technology adoption in mining (OPM-4-TAM) that together diagnose the strengths and areas for development, and propose practices that support innovation and technology adoption, and
- A Strategic Framework for Sustainable Community Development Programs (SCDP) that identifies the practices required for the co-creation of community development programs with sustainable positive impact.
The tools are framed in the language used in the mining industry, as such they are more relevant and actionable than currently available generic managerial tools, and therefore more readily useable by mining professionals.
Organisational culture assessment tool (iCAT)
An innovation culture assessment tool (iCAT) diagnoses the strengths and areas for development in a company’s or a workgroup’s innovation culture based on six innovation culture factors and three innovation culture enablers.
Introducing the iCAT tool:
How to use iCAT:
The Organisational Process Model for Technology Adoption in Mining
The OPM-4-TAM sets out a three-phase process of technology adoption that reflects the approach taken in the mining sector. It offers a range of practices that support successful technology adoption in each phase.
The organisational process model for technology adoption in mining (OPM-4-TAM):
iCAT and OPM-4-TAM are best used together to highlight strengths and opportunities for development across the six innovation culture factors and select suitable enablers for strategic focus.
How to use iCAT and OPM-4-TAM together:
Sustainable community development outcomes
A Strategic Framework for Sustainable Community Development Programs (SCDP) identifies practices required for the co-creation of community development programs with sustainable positive impact. In current practice, development of such programs is rarely done collaboratively and their success is often evaluated based on immediate outcomes rather than their long-term impact. SDCP highlights the importance of co-creation of the community programs and recommends evaluation of the long-term impacts of such programs.
If you would like to know more about this project, please contact us:
Phone: +61 7 3138 1242 or +61 7 3138 9210
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Brisbane, QLD 4001
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Funding / Grants
- CRC ORE (2018 - 2021)
Other Team Members
- Dr Alireza Javanmardi Kashan
- Dr Amali Nisansala Ediriweera
- Ms Michelle Smidt