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School of Business seminars to focus on innovation

The challenge of managing innovation in industry is the focus of two seminars being hosted by the University'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.

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 realisation in physical form. 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.

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

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.

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