How we work
Our Conceptual And Simultaneous Approach
People, Europe and its future are at the heart of our thinking. We target companies developing scientific, technological and business solutions. IDP aims not only to make them innovative but also to ensure their adequacy with challenges of the marketplace and priorities set by European Commission experts.
We will assist your company throughout the project, from the conception until its final phase.
OUR CONCEPTUAL APPROACH
A surprising, creative and fruitful collaboration
Business and management models have been elevated to technological innovation for a long time. The art of organizing and connecting people is the key feature of the value creation models. Some economists go further to ask whether a similar role will not be played by social innovation.
As a number of market-leading companies, our consultancy firm uses design thinking, a conceptual approach developed by Stanford University. We had every reason to adopt that management culture which is at the core of our business. The concept of design thinking is applied to various conditions. It’s based on a user-centered method of innovation (human-centered design). It will involve areas such as services, marketing, strategy, prospecting activities. Design thinking is very clearly in tune with IDP that wishes to make it possible for SMEs, SMIs and research centres to think in new dimensions. Social innovation is therefore one of our central focuses: allowing more interactivity between IDP, members of the IDP team and our clients. It will prove to be of significant benefit to all parties involved.
IDP has therefore introduced a new approach to innovation and management, based on design thinking which is intended as an original synthesis of an analytical way of thinking and a more intuitive practical thinking. The management initiative relies heavily on a co-creation process involving effective interactions among all end users, i.e. our clients and our members.
OUR SIMULTANEOUS APPROACH
The result of a common will
Our strategy is the reflection of our will to put clients at the centre of IDP, our commitments, objectives, decisions and actions. IDP is characterized mainly by a simultaneous approach:
Local Consultants are those established in the region of some clients.Their role is to put existing information together on clients’ projects and present it to European Consultants.
Projects can involve innovation, territorial or organizational development. The goal is for the growth process of the company to take on a completely new dimension.
European Consultants, specialized in Community programmes, have been fully trained in a European Commission agency and have already considerable practical experience and knowledge in this area.
Once European Consultants have the information provided by Local Consultants on clients’ projects, their mission is to choose the most appropriate Community programme and adapt the customer’s project to that programme.
Those first two phases are coordinated with clients.
One of our objectives
Making our network sustainable
IDP is committed to improving complementarity and synergy among all our members, in the direction of more efficient and open management.
Borders have no significance in this context: an EU Consultant can take charge of clients’ projects coming from other EU countries.
Protecting the clients' interests
IDP wants to create a genuine corporate culture that focuses on the development of our clients companies. To transfer this cast of mind to our members, a highly participative management system has been developed by IDP. The goal is for our team to be even more involved, more empowered and more self-sufficient to make decisions in the best interests of our clients.
Relations between IDP and the European Commission
IDP acts as an external member of the European Commission. We view our position in accordance with Article 85 of the Treaty of Rome.
The position should allow IDP:
To create equal conditions of competition on the markets of every Member State in order to prevent the establishment of anti-competitive practices such as the formation of cartels, abuses of dominant positions;
To promote economic efficiency to create an environment conducive to innovation and technical progress;
To protect its clients’ interests.
The European Commission, demanding with regard to European grants
The European Commission is a demanding funder on technical quality of applications and respect for management of grants awarded rules. Providing the necessary resources and skills is the key to success for all organizations in Europe which are looking to diversify and increase their financial resources.