About GIM Institute

The World's Largest Innovation Professional Organization

  • Founded in 2009 by innovation practitioners and leaders
  • Not-for-profit educational institution
  • Driving a global standard for business innovation
  • IMBOK,  peer-reviewed Innovation Management Body of Knowledge
  • Running the annual global innovation summit in different locations

Increasing Impact of Innovation

Business innovation has continued to gain meaningful significance in organizations as a way to grow. This is evidenced by the increasing number of publications on innovation, innovation management, business innovation strategy and the creation of diverse roles required to manage innovation. However, many efforts to date, to both certify and study innovation, have left the discipline of innovation fragmented and overly diverse.

History of
the GIM Institute

Founded in 2009, the Global Innovation Management Institute, GIM Institute or GIMI (pronounced as ˈji-mē) in short, is the global nonprofit standard certification board for innovation and innovation management. GIM Institute was initiated by a group of chief innovation officers, innovation executives, academics and consultants from around the world. GIM Institute’s worldwide advocacy for making innovation a professional business discipline is reinforced by our globally recognized standards and certification program, extensive academic programs, communities of practice, and professional development opportunities.

Vision &


GIM Institute is aspired to make innovation a professional business discipline that can be taught in academic institutions, professional organizations, and corporate and government academies, and transferable across organizations.


To lead the innovation and innovation management profession globally by:

  • Spreading and increasing the adoption of innovation standards and best practices in innovation.
  • Helping individuals, companies, training organizations, and regions develop world-class innovation capabilities through global standards, testing protocols, and innovation certification.
  • Building a community of innovation practitioners that is active and vibrant in the design and execution of building to the vision of GIM Institute.

Certification in Innovation & Innovation Management

Over 800 organizations have participated in developing competencies in innovation based on the innovation frameworks and processes of GIM Institute. Companies such as Johnson Controls, Cigna, Natura, Verizon, EmiratesNBD, BAE Systems, Bunge, P&G, Eastman Chemical, Alibaba and many others around the world have been trained.

Over 10,000 innovation experts worldwide have developed mastery of innovation through the structured courses and manuals of the GIM Institute. We have delivered innovation training at top universities globally such as Yonsei University, Rotman School of Management, Singapore Management University, Thunderbird School of Global Management and Hult International Business School.  The innovation frameworks are developed, approved and endorsed by innovation experts, leading management consulting firms, academia and industry practitioners. 


Learn more about who GIMI is and what we do

Thought Leadership

GIM Institute provides a number of trusted thought leadership sources in various formats: innovation articles, top 10 lists,  books, webinars, etc.

Board of Directors

The collective wisdom around innovation of the GIMI Board ultimately sets and executes GIM Institute’s vision, mission and strategies


The executive team is composed of volunteer members who manage their respective divisions and work in conjunction with the Board of Directors

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