An innovation pipeline is
|“||a framework for organizations to achieve corporate objectives through the systematic and sustainable application of innovative processes and methods. . . . The methodology is appropriate for a variety of innovation-related activities, from new product development, process development, strategic alliances, and corporate venturing, through the implementation of IT systems and human resource programs.||”|
An innovation pipeline may include some or all of the following:
- Academic and industry researchers develop new concepts and technologies.
- Exploratory efforts made in partially realistic settings by industry, academia, and government agencies co-develop concepts and technologies to identify promising new solutions that combine innovations in technology and business practices.
- Vendors and tool suppliers develop software and hardware components and provide them to system integrators or to the agencies directly.
- System integrators, vertical suppliers, and vendors respond to requests for proposals (RFPs) and build (and sometimes operate) systems for government agencies.
- Government agencies develop and modify programs, issue RFPs for information systems, select vendors, procure IT systems and services from them, and operate IT systems.
- "Overview" section: Information Technology Research, Innovation, and E-Government, at 96.