I&E Conversation 2016: Organizing for Innovation
Venue: The Royal Society, Carlton Terrace, London
Find out more about the conference with our feature article on the Intelligence Hub.
The theme of this year’s conversation was “Organizing for innovation”. How firms can best organize themselves to achieve innovation is a question at the very core of innovation management research. At this two-day workshop we showcased early stage work and submitted papers that approach this question from a variety of different angles and at different levels of analysis. Approaches include the individual level, considering how firms manage their R&D staff to best harness their creativity, the firm-level looking at how firms organize their knowledge sourcing activities to leverage both internal and external expertise, and the institutional and field level with the institutional constraints and enablers of innovation.
13 papers were presented in six thematic sessions, held at the Royal Society for researchers at different stages of their career, from early-career Faculty to Professors. The format involved individual paper presentation followed by detailed analysis by assigned discussants and audience Q&A.
‘The setting of the Royal Society, as one participant pointed out, was a wonderful environment to engage in a high-level scholarly exchange, where the academic peer-review system was conceived, and to share in the history of an organisation that includes Captain Cook and Isaac Newton. The annual Innovation & Entrepreneurship Conversation is fast establishing itself as key event’ in the department’s dissemination calendar and plans for 2017 will appear here in due course.
Day 1: 9 June 2016
|Session 1: Learning from Failure
|Session 2: Corporate Structure and Individual Innovativeness
|Session 3: Creativity in Teams
|Session 4: Cognition and Change
Day 2: 10 June 2016
|Session 5: Building Meaning in Creative Contexts
|Session 6: Networks and Influence