The Innovation Management Body of Knowledge


The Innovation Management Body of Knowledge is the sum of the knowledge within the profession of innovation and innovation management. As with other professions such as law, medicine and accounting, the body of knowledge rests with the practitioners and academics who apply and advance it. The complete Innovation Management Body of Knowledge includes proven practices that are widely applied, as well as practices that are emerging in the profession, including published and unpublished materials. As a result, the Innovation Management Body of Knowledge is constantly evolving.


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The primary purpose of IMBOK Guide is to identify that subset of the Innovation Management Body of Knowledge that is generally recognized as good practice. “Good practice” means that there is general agreement that the correct application of these skills, tools and techniques can enhance the chances of success over a wide range of different innovation initiatives. Good practice does not mean that the knowledge described should always be applied uniformly on all projects; the innovation project team is responsible for determining what is appropriate for any given project.

The IMBOK Guide also provides and promotes a common language for discussing, writing, and applying innovation and innovation management. Such a standard language is an essential element of a profession.

The GIM Institute uses this document as a foundational, but not the sole, innovation or innovation management reference for its professional development programs including:

  • Innovation Management Professional Certification
  • Innovation management education and training offered by GIM Institute Certified Education Providers
  • Accreditation of educational programs in innovation management

As a foundational reference, this standard is neither comprehensive nor all-inclusive. This book does not address all details of every topic. Topics that are not mentioned should not be considered unimportant. The organization or the innovation project team must decide how those activities are going to be addressed in the context and the circumstances of the project for which the IMBOK Guide is being used.


This standard provides a foundational reference for anyone interested in the profession of innovation and innovation management. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Senior executives
  • Innovation program managers, project managers or other innovation initiative project teams
  • Members of an innovation management committee
  • Managers and team members under Business Development, Strategy, or R&D
  • Consultants and other specialists in innovation and innovation management, and related fields
  • Educators teaching innovation management
  • Trainers developing innovation management education programs