School of Business Innovation Symposium

You are invited to this specialist research seminar organised by the University of Leicester School of Business in conjunction with the UK Academy of Marketing.

Innovation in a Material WorldInnovation Workshop - AM logo

Date: Friday 21 April 2017

Time: 9:30am - 4:30 pm

Venue: Council Suite Room 1, Fielding Johnson Building, University of Leicester, University Road, LE1 7RH

The theme will explore the tensions and complementarities between the intangible aspects of innovation and its realization in physical form. The role of the immaterial, digital and intangible inputs to innovation such as know-how, data and skills are regarded by many authors as key elements contributing to the value and organisation of product development in the future. Nevertheless, the delivery and customer utilization of even the most intangible innovations necessarily occur in the material world of things.

The one-day event will comprise of three-four international keynote contributions, a creative participatory exercise and plenty of opportunity for group discussion in order to explore the future challenges involved in managing these elements of the innovation process.

The seminar is free to attend and refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Part of the Leicester Innovation Accelerator, part-funded by ERDF and the University of Leicester.

Keynote speakers

John K Christiansen is a professor at Copenhaen Business School. He is researching the design, implementation, and effects of management technologies for innovation and project management.

Christer Karlsson is a professor of innovation and operations management at Copenhagen Business School. He is concurrently professor and vice-president at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) in Brussels and a professor at Stockholm School of Economics.

Professor Pascal Le Masson is Deputy-director of the Centre for Management Science, Chair of Design Theory and Methods for Innovation, Chairman of the Design Theory SIG of the Design Society of the European Academy of Management. His research interest is innovation and design theory, in particular formal models of design reasoning, design and decision, and new forms of collective action.

School of Business organising team

Professor Michael Saren

Dr William Green

Dr Marta Gasparin

Dr Steve Conway

Dr Helen Goworek


Registration is free but numbers are limited so pre-booking is required.


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