University of Leicester School of Business seminars to focus on innovation

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Business owners are invited to attend two free events to hear from leading international speakers on 19 and 21 April
Issued by the University of leicester Press Office on 12 April 2017
  • Academics to offer insight on managing and living with ‘dilemmas’ in the innovation process: from idea to product, and the place of know-how, data and skills in the delivery and customer utilization of innovations
  • Innovation in a Material World symposium in conjunction with the UK Academy of Marketing and hosted in partnership with the University of Leicester Innovation Accelerator project (part-funded by ERDF), offering heavily subsidised innovation support for qualifying SMEs from the University of Leicester

The challenge of managing innovation in industry is the focus of two seminars being hosted by the University of Leicester’s School of Business.

The seminar and symposium includes contributions from international speakers and underlines the University’s ongoing commitment to build on academic expertise, enable innovation and deliver greater productivity.

On Wednesday 19 April, Professor John Christiansen, of Copenhagen Business School, will look at the difficult choices that have to be made in the innovation process and how best to manage these situations.  His seminar ‘Dilemmas in management of projects, innovation and product development’ will take place from 3.30pm to 5pm in the Ken Edwards Building, University main campus.

Professor Christiansen says: “The presentation will depart from the observations that management of product development and projects is an area filled with a lot of normative advices on what to do - and not to do.  My observation is different, as there seems to be a number of dilemmas in the innovation processes moving from idea to product, and that these dilemmas are not just wiped away by reading more textbooks or adding another process model on top of the existing ones.

“Management in these situations requires the ability to deal with the dilemmas and learn to live with them - accept them - and be able to do what some have called a “bricolage” of the available options - with a vision.”

The seminar discussant will be Dr Steve Conway, Associate Professor in Innovation, University of Leicester School of Business.

On Friday 21 April, a specialist research symposium organised by the University of Leicester’s School of Business in conjunction with the UK Academy of Marketing and Leicester Innovation Accelerator will explore the intangible aspects of innovation in the material world.

The day-long event – ‘Innovation in a Material World’ - 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 event will include insights from three international keynote contributors, a creative participatory exercise and plenty of opportunity for group discussion to explore the future challenges involved in managing the innovation process.  The event will be held in the Fielding Johnson Building from 9:30am to 4:30pm.

Keynote speakers on the day will be Professor John Christiansen, Professor Christer Karlsson, Professor of innovation and operations management at Copenhagen Business School, and Professor Pascal Le Masson, from  MINES ParisTech, deputy-director of the Centre for Management Science.

Professor Michael Saren, Professor of Marketing, University of Leicester, School of Business, said: “Innovation is a core research field of expertise for the University of Leicester involving departments in science, technology, social science, business and the humanities.

"New technologies and processes can disrupt companies, industries and economies.  These seminars and workshops will explore the tensions and complementarities between the intangible aspects of innovation such as know-how, data and skills and their application for users in the physical world.

"Leading academic experts from Europe will present their latest findings and ideas in discussion with researchers in the School of Business and seminar participants.”

These two events complement recent major initiatives which highlight the University's commitment to developing the local economy. Last month the University announced its plans for the Space Park in the City, which recently was awarded £12.87 million in funding from Local Growth Fund as part of the Government's Midlands Engine Strategy.

And the University has also applied for £5 million of Government funding to launch a dedicated Life Sciences Innovation Centre at Charnwood Campus, Loughborough which has just been designated the UK's first Life Sciences Opportunity Zone.

These events are also part of a number of initiatives being launched by the School of Business which focus on innovation. For example, the School is set to launch CPD (continuing professional development) opportunities in the coming year.

The ‘Innovation in a Material World’ seminar is the first event organised by the School of Business which is affiliated with the Leicester Innovation Accelerator.  One hundred innovation vouchers are available for qualifying SMEs from Leicester and Leicestershire through the Leicester Innovation Accelerator project (part-funded by ERDF) from the University of Leicester for qualifying SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises) interested in accelerating innovation-led product and service development in collaboration with the University of Leicester.

For more information contact Ms Anjuu Trevedi at the University of Leicester at anjuu.trevedi@le.ac.uk or on 0116 252 3354.

• ‘Dilemmas in management of projects, innovation and product development’ seminar presented by Professor John Christiansen takes place on Wednesday, 19 April 2017 from 3.30pm to 5pm in room 501 of the Ken Edwards Building at the University of Leicester, University Road, LE1 7RH. The event is free and will be of interest to the business community.

• ‘Innovation in a Material World’ takes place on Friday 21 April 2017 from 9:30am to 4:30pm in Council Suite Room 1, Fielding Johnson Building, University of Leicester, University Road, LE1 7RH. Registration is free but numbers are limited so pre-booking is required via Eventbrite.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

For more information and to book contact: Dr William Green, Associate Dean, University of Leicester School of Business w.green@leicester.ac.uk

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