Gandhi

Leading innovation in British and global companies

The Gandhi Centre for Inclusive Innovation launched in December 2007 and was established to help companies across the globe improve performance in innovation management. 

We thrive on our inherent values of developing thought leadership through research, technology, education and next generation innovation models.

The integrated and multidisciplinary approach of the Centre, together with Imperial’s world class expertise in applied research, provides a unique vehicle for corporate sector engagement – for undertaking research projects, executive education, corporate venturing, and the dissemination of next generation innovation practices.

The Gandhi Centre seeks to act as a principal catalyst for linking innovation and entrepreneurship within, and between, companies and institutions globally.

Themes 

In addition to promoting College-wide collaborative interests, the Centre itself has a thematic focus on “innovation for inclusive growth”, which has emerged as the main theme for intellectual contribution to energy, infrastructure, health and digital platforms. The Centre provides research and executive education, and forms partnerships with global companies to develop best practice in innovation and entrepreneurship. The Centre aims for the full involvement of its partners and students in its activities, in order to facilitate interaction between British and Indian executives to build business relationships.

Activities

Research

  • Evidence based testing of prevailing technological and business ideas
  • Understanding UK and European business practices and the investment environment
  • Understanding Indian business and India's role in the global economy
  • Understanding global research on technology transfer and international market entry
  • Understanding Intellectual Property protection and strategy
  • Studying problems of globalisation and global supply chains

Education

  • Forging links and developing programmes with Business Schools and Research Institutions
  • Offering electives and teaching cases on global business
  • Offering student projects on business and technology issues
  • Developing and conducting executive education internationally
  • Developing a visiting speaker series
  • Teaching about Intellectual Property using a variety of models
  • Conducting and delivering technology venture projects
  • Instituting a PhD Scholarships scheme
  • Developing a Visiting Scholars Programme

Practice

  • Evidence based testing of prevailing technological and business ideas
  • Understanding UK and European business practices and the investment environment
  • Understanding Indian business and India's role in the global economy
  • Understanding global research on technology transfer and international market entry
  • Understanding Intellectual Property protection and strategy
  • Studying problems of globalisation and global supply chains

Sponsors and partners

Imperial’s Institutional Partners in India

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
  • Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC)
  • Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
  • i2india
  • Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore
  • Indian Institutes of Management (including their EU alumni chapter, IIM EU)
  • Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) (including their UK alumni chapter, IITLC)
  • Indian School of Business (ISB)
  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)

Founding partners