Managing knowledge spaghetti - challenges on the innovation frontier

Recent years have seen a rapid expansion of 'open' approaches to innovation, with emphasis shifting from knowledge production, to ways of enabling extensive knowledge flows on, and out of, organisations.

Three converging trends can be seen underpinning extensive experimentation around this:

  • Opening up research and development to a wider range of external players.
  • Opening up innovation to a wide range of internal players (via innovation contests, etc.)
  • Opening up innovation to a wider range of user inputs.

This seminar will explore some of the emerging issues, as we move into a world where the old innovation management challenge of creating value from knowledge, is taking place in a significantly new context.

In particular it will look at some of the key new capabilities organisations need to develop and add to their repertoire, in order to work effectively in this space.

This free event is one of a series organised for the ESRC funded ABLE Project.

Background of speaker

Originally a chemical engineer, John Bessant has been active in the field of research and consultancy in technology and innovation management, for over 25 years.

He is currently holds the Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Exeter and has visiting appointments at the universities of Luxembourg, Erlangen-Nuremburg, Queensland University of Technology and the National University of Ireland.

In 2003, he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy of Management, and served as a Panel Member in the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercises in the UK.

He has held Fellowships from the Advanced Institute for Management Research in the UK and the Schoeller Foundation in Germany and has acted as advisor to various national governments and international bodies, including the United Nations, The World Bank and the OECD.

This forum was held on 15 October 2013.

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