The Welsh Government funded Open Innovation Community of Practice (OICoP) project supports businesses to collaboratively develop new products and services and thereby jointly increase productivity across South Wales. The OICoP programme facilitates knowledge sharing amongst the businesses to enhance their knowledge sets and support the Foundational Economy in Wales. OICoP builds on the Developing Innovation Performance of Firms and Supply Chain Clusters (DIPFSCC) pilot (SMART Expertise funded). OICoP extends the DIPFSCC methodology to include companies across different sectors, thereby extending the benefits of open innovation to a much wider audience, building a community of practice (CoP) support mechanism which is underpinned by a proven, repeatable methodology based on contemporary academic pedagogical research.

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  • Enhance participating businesses innovation knowledge and skills to develop new products, drive productivity and meet WFGA Goals.
  • Support businesses to create intra-organisation CoP to create, embed and sustain innovation management systems (enhanced dynamic capabilities).
  • Facilitate the creation of inter-organisation innovation CoPs to enable businesses to co-create products and enhance their (absorptive capacity).
  • Facilitate the creation of inter-organisation innovation implementation networks to drive regional demand for R, D& I support and enhance regional TRLs.
  • Enhance Circular Economy knowledge of businesses to support the move to sustainable economic growth and a regional foundational economy (address the challenge of our generation).
  • Leverage the knowledge and resources within Universities to support sustainable businesses growth.


  • Experiential workshops to build a collaborative CoP that takes managers through innovation models and CE knowledge.
  • Creation of inter and intra CoP of business managers that provide peer support and challenge to facilitate and sustain innovation.
  • Co-creation of new products and service solutions within the networks that leverage the economies of scale available to the network with support of WG and Co-Innovate.


  • 9 month facilitated programme that forms an Open innovation Community of Practice that involves workshops, site visits, action learning, peer learning and support, expert support and collaborative NPD/SS.
  • Development of a handbook of ‘what works’ for businesses looking to develop new products and services.

To receive our programme information pack with more information about our programme, workshops and the skills you’ll develop please contact Programme Director, Gary Walpole at g.l.r.walpole@swansea.ac.uk

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Case studies of pilot project

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Listen to participants talk about why they have engaged with the programme, what they have learned and how this has had an impact in their organisation:

The testimonials provided in the videos that appear on this web page are from participants in the Developing Innovation Performance of Firms and Supply Chain Clusters programme, a predecessor of this programme -