All-Island Innovation Programme

Innovation Event Highlights

May 2017 Innovation Lecture

12th May 2017, University College Cork

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ellen Enkel is head of the Dr. Manfred Bischoff Institute of Innovation Management of Airbus Group and holds the chair of innovation management at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen/Germany
Overview:

Succeeding in Open Innovation: Solving the €100 million question  

Presentation: Prof Ellen Enkel Lecture presentation (2,017 KB)

 

May 2017 Innovation Masterclass

12th May 2017, University College Cork

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ellen Enkel is head of the Dr. Manfred Bischoff Institute of Innovation Management of Airbus Group and holds the chair of innovation management at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen/Germany
Overview:

Revolutionizing your industry: Harnessing the potential of the ecosystem through effective business models

Presentation: Prof Ellen Enkel Masterclass presentation (1,514 KB)

 

April 2017 Seminar

26th April 2017, National University of Ireland, Galway

Speaker:

Dr Lawrence Dooley, Lecturer of Enterprise and Innovation at the Cork University Business School, UCC

Overview: Innovation without R&D
The SME secrets of competitive advantage
Presentation: Lawrence Dooley Seminar presentation (8,615 KB)

 

April 2017 Innovation Lecture

20th April 2017, University College Dublin

Speaker: Professor Petra Ahrweiler, Innovation Lab, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany, EA European Academy
Overview: Professor Ahrweiler will explore Improving the Innovation process with the firm new insights and methods
Presentation: Petra Ahrweiler Lecture presentation (1,642 KB)

 

April 2017 Masterclass - Innovation in Action

20th April 2017, University College Dublin

Speaker: Professor Petra Ahrweiler, Innovation Lab, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany, EA European Academy
Overview: Professor Ahrw‌eiler will explore with attendees and discuss how these new simulation methods can be used for addressing actual innovation projects using a workshop format.
Presentation: Petra Arhweiler Masterclass presentation (7,399 KB)

 

 

April 2017 Innovation Masterclass

10th April 2017, Queen's University Belfast

Speaker: Professor Jonathan Sapsed, Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Newcastle University Business School
Overview:

'Researching and driving Creative-Digital-IT fusion: Lessons from Brighton and the North East'

This interactive session will explain his experience of leading the Brighton Fuse research projects mapping the creative economy, as well as more practical work with companies developing new digital products and business models.

Through case studies like video games and theatre in both Brighton and Newcastle he will relate the impact of the fusion research agenda and work with you to look for connections to the Northern Ireland context.

Presentation: Jonathon Sapsed Masterclass presentation (3,784 KB)

 

 

April 2017 Innovation Lecture

10th April 2017, Queen's University Belfast

Speaker:

Professor Jonathan Sapsed, Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Newcastle University Business School

Overview:

Breakfast Lecture:    ‘Creative-Digital-Fusion and the new freelancer economy’

In his keynote address, Professor Jonathan Sapsed, will discuss the critical importance of arts and design skills fusing with technology, and how so called ‘superfused’ firms grow faster, especially in clusters. 

He will refer to the findings of the Brighton Fuse project (http://www.brightonfuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/The-Brighton-Fuse-Final-Report.pdf), and to subsequent research in to the freelance sector, in particular those working in the Brighton cluster high growth creative economy. He will present their findings which concluded that contrary to popular belief creative freelancers are not struggling or forced into this mode of work, but are prosperous, innovative and motivated by aspiration.

Presentation: Jonathon Sapsed Lecture presentation (3,656 KB)

 

April 2017 Research Seminar

6th April 2017, University College Dublin

Speaker:

 Dr Lawrence Dooley, Lecturer of Enterprise and Innovation at the Cork University Business School, UCC

Overview:

Dr. Dooley will discuss his research of the innovation processes and routines of more than thirty indigenous SME cases across the dichotomy of lower-tech (LMT) and higher-tech (HMT) sectors. The research highlights differences in terms of the types of innovation engaged in and the strategies pursued to nurture competitive advantage and success. A LMT innovation roadmap is proposed to assist managers develop the innovative capability of their SME’s and support the continued sustainability of Ireland’s indigenous SME sector.

Presentation:

Lawrence Dooley Presentation (2,040 KB)

 

March 2017 Innovation Masterclasses

9th March 2017, National University of Ireland, Galway

Masterclass 1

 Speaker:

 Dr Bettina von Stamm, Founder of the Innovation Leadership Forum

Overview:

Master Class 1: "Why innovation matters more in the 21st century than ever before" - This masterclass looked at information on natural capitalism, changes and leadership styles.

Presentation: Bettina von Stamm (1,024 KB)

 

9th March 2017, National University of Ireland, Galway

Masterclass 2

 Speaker:

 Dr Bettina von Stamm, Founder of the Innovation Leadership Forum

Overview:

Master Class 2: "Thriving in the 21stcentury – collaboration is key"  - this masterclass looked at Personality models and matrix, collaboration in innovation and natural capitalism.

Presentation: Bettina von Stamm MC2 (1,160 KB)

 

9th March 2017, Queen's University Belfast

 Speaker:

Professor John McHale, Professor of Economics and Dean of the College of Business, Public Policy, and Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway

Overview:

A masterclass, aimed particularly at people leading small and medium-sized businesses, will examine how you might help to grow business in the current climate. A foundation of Irish economic development models has been deep integration into international trade and global production chains. However, recent dramatic political events could challenge these outward-focused models. The international economic and financial crisis also led to a shift in emphasis from innovation-driven growth to a more direct focus on job creation.

Professor McHale explored the current state of Irish economic development models and discussed the challenges that recent political events such Brexit and the election of President Trump may bring.

In his presentation Professor McHale explored responses to such challenges. He stated that the international economic and financial crisis led to a shift in emphasis from innovation-driven growth to a more direct focus on job creation, and highlighted the importance of national innovation systems.

Presentation: Professor John McHale (1,938 KB)

 

February 2017 Innovation Masterclass

22nd February 2017, University College Cork

 Speaker:

Professor James Cunningham, Professor of Strategic Management at Newcastle Business School, UK

Overview:

This masterclass focussed on how to use and exploit strategy and innivation in your business to capture effectively collaborative open innovation opportunities in order to sustain and grow your business.  The masterclass provided businesses with a practice based framework to identify key strategic and innovation challenges facing their business and outline some implementation strategies that are essential in growing and sustaining a business as well as some approaches to effectively exploit collaaborative open and disruptive innovation opportunities.

 

Presentation: Prof James Cunningham (1,228 KB)

 

December 2016 Innovation Seminar

 7th December 2016, University College Dublin

 Speaker:

Andrew Parish is an experienced entrepreneur, founder, CEO, Director, fundraiser and business mentor.

Overview: Andrew has over 25 years experience in a variety of areas including Cleantech, Agri-tech, Internet of Things, Marine Innovation, Environmental Services, Innovation Consulting, business management and EU Funding programmes. As an experienced director on a range of corporate, public and university boards, Andrew brings a wealth of experience in strategic direction, fundraising and governance. He has successfully founded five businesses, has raised over $40m personally and has led businesses in Ireland, the UK and the US.  

Andrew's research seminar is entitled 'Development Junctures and Strategies in the Scaleup of High Potential Startups'.

Presentation: ‌‌ Andrew Parish (1,877 KB)

 

November 2016 Innovation Lecture and Seminar and Masterclass

22nd November 2016, National University of Ireland, Galway

Speaker:

Brian McCaul is the Director of Innovation at Queen’s University Belfast and CEO of Qubis Ltd.

Overview:

Start-up and spin-out companies have been feted as the drivers of economic growth: is this a fact or a myth?  Have they been over privileged in government economic policy and should we direct resources to support economic development elsewhere, especially in regions more economically challenged?

In fact, should the State butt-out of trying to influence economic growth via new company creation and support?  Does public money crowd-out private investment—should we leave entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and the market to their own devices, and stop pretending to pick winners? If not, which start-ups are worthy of support?

Or is there a way to make the hard-yards of company start-up easier and less ‘fuzzy’ and to support entrepreneurial eco-systems that can lift all boats?

This seminar is a personal reflection and confession of a Start-up Junkie [or dyed-in-the wool ‘Tech Transfer Johnny”].

Presentation: ‌‌ Brian McCaul Presentation

 

21st November 2016, University College Cork

Speaker:  Dr Oliver Som, Professor for innovation management and innovation economics at the Management Centre, Innsbruck
Overview:

Dr. Oliver Som is the author of the book "Low-tech Innovation: Competitiveness of the German Manufacturing Sector"  . Dr Som's  seminar was entitled Innovating without R&D - effecting strategy and management in 'low-tech' SMEs.  The masterclass focussed on innovation strategies for SME firms operating in traditionally non-R&D-performing industries and provide the audience with practical insights based on German case study evidence.

 

Presentation: Innovating without R&D (1,836 KB) 

 

October 2016 Innovation Lecture and Masterclass

7th October 2016, Queen's University Belfast

Speaker:  Dr Bettina von Stamm, Founder of the Innovation Leadership Forum

Overview: Innovation, Collaboration and Concurrency: 21st Century Necessities?

The context of the 21st century is very different from anything we have experienced before. Processes and structures that have served us well in the past are no longer working, and predicting the future seems next to impossible. These conditions pose unprecedented challenges and uncertainties for government, business and individuals alike.

In her presentation Dr von Stamm explains the key drivers behind the current context in which we operate: the rate of change, connectivity, convergence, changing consumer habits and challenges to humanity. She  examines the implications of each key driver, suggesting that to successfully navigate these turbulent waters, we must embrace innovation and concurrency.

Presentation: Dr Bettina von Stamm Innovation Lecture presentation (1,630 KB) 
   
Overview:

How to thrive through collaboration and innovation

  • How do the conditions of the 21st century apply to my organisation?
  • What are threats and opportunities arising from them?
  • What is so special about collaboration and innovation in this context?
  • What next steps will enable me to embrace innovation in today’s context and ensure that my organisation will not just survive but will thrive?

Guided by and with input from Dr von Stamm, attendees explored these questions in small groups and had an opportunity to develop first steps on how to tackle the 21st century head-on, leaving with tools to help them better manage innovation in their business.

Presentation: 

Dr Bettina von Stamm Innovation Masterclass presentation (965 KB)

 

September 2016 Innovation Masterclasses

23rd September 2016, University College Cork

Speaker: Dr. George Tsekouras, Centre for Research of Innovation Management (CENTRIM), University of Brighton
Overview: 

The title of Dr. Tsekouras’s two master classes was ‘Enabling Enterprise Development through Innovation’.  His first session addressed the innovation enablers and challenges for enterprise development and the follow-on session guided participants through building a roadmap to facilitate enterprise development.

Presentation:

Dr George Tsekouras presentation - Enabling Enterprise Development through Innovation (20 MB)

 

February 2016 Innovation Lecture

3rd February 2016, Queen's University Belfast

Speaker:  

Professor Julian Birkinshaw, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, University of Durham

Overview: 

Fast/Forward:  Building agility into your organisation

In this talk, Professor Julian Birkinshaw will discuss the key ideas from his forthcoming book 'Fast/Forward' where he argues that the current obsession with big data and data-driven decision making is overstated. The firms that succeed in the future will be those that understand the limitations as much as the benefits of information, and in particular it will be the ones that are able to foster a culture of decisive action allied to emotional conviction.

Professor Birkinshaw will argue that to address the changing sources of advantage in the business world, firms need to develop a new organising model, the adhocracy, to complement the traditional emphasis in large firms for bureaucracy and meritocracy.   He will also describe what the adhocracy model means in terms of your style of leadership.  Key take-aways will include:

  • A clear understanding of the potential and limits to investing in information
  • A description of a new organising model, the adhocracy, and when it is useful
  • Advice on how to develop and lead an organisation using a more adhocracy -based approach

Presentation:  Professor Julian Birkinshaw presentation - Building agility into your organisation (6,441 KB)

 

January 2016 Masterclasses

29th January 2016, University College Dublin

Speaker:  

Nigel Biggs, Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Surrey

Overview: 

Nigel delivered 2 masterclasses:

How to Spark Brilliant Innovation in SMEs
This masterclass is geared towards leaders or managers of small or medium businesses who feel that their company's innovation needs improving (or re-starting) including those who feel they are left to do it all themselves.  Each participant learns how to create (or re-create) an innovation culture in their business; how to energise their people to contribute innovative thinking; how to break out of 'innovation creep', and how to turn 'sticky middle management' into a force for good.  Find out further information

Presentation:  Nigel Biggs presentation - How to Spark Brilliant Innovation in SMEs (3,426 KB)

 

How Small Businesses Can Collaborate to Innovate
This masterclass is geared towards leaders or managers of small or micro-businesses who want to learn how to use some modern innovation techniques  (or improve what they have) by using collaboration to grow their business.  Each participant learns, by doing, how to work with other (non-competing) small or micro businesses to benefit each other.  Learn the power of shared creative thinking.  Learn how to innovate with few or no people in your business.  Learn how to give serendipity a chance!  The methods are easy to learn and easy to re-use in their own organisations after the workshop.  New peer groups and friends are often formed as an outcome.  Find out further information

Presentation: Nigel Biggs presentation - How Small Businesses Can Collaborate to Innovate (5,133 KB) 

 

October 2015 Masterclasses

28th October 2015, University College Cork

Speaker:  

Dr Marcel Bogers, Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen

Overview: 

Dr Bogers delivered 2 masterclasses:

New Business Models
Business Models are becoming increasingly as a way to describe the way in which companies create and capture value.  The objective of this master class is to introduce you to the concept of business models and to make you familiar with emerging perspectives on business models.  Building on the theory and practice of business models, you will be able to develop your own understanding about what constitutes a business model and to apply this understanding to practical situations in your company.  As such, the master class offers you the foundations to better understand and develop new business models, which is becoming increasingly relevant both in small and emerging companies and in large and established companies.

Presentation: 

Dr Marcel Bogers presentation - New Business Models (1,091 KB)

  Open Innovation
This master class will introduce you to the notion of open innovation, and it will specifically address the implications for management.  During the master class, you will increase your understanding of open innovation, develop your ability to identify and analyse relevant theories and practices, and improve your analytic and decision making competencies in the context of open innovation.  The master class will allow you to develop an understanding of the opportunities and challenges that your company may be facing in practice, and to apply the underlying concepts and tools to develop your open innovation practices.

Presentation: 

Dr Marcel Bogers presentation - Open Innovation (2,705 KB) 


13th October 2015, Queens University Belfast

Speaker:  
Professor John Bessant, Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Exeter

Overview: 

Professor Bessant delivered 2 masterclasses:

Take the Innovation Fitness Test
This session looked at what we have learned from research about building an effective innovation
system - and give you the chance to assess your own organization against the key question 'how well
do we manage innovation?'

Presentation:  

Professor John Bessant presentation - Innovation fitness (1,907 KB)

 

Exploring innovation space
This session explored the different ways in which your organization could think about innovating
and give you the chance to reflect on your innovation strategy.

Presentation:

Professor John Bessant presentation - Exploring Innovation Space (1,039 KB)


June 2015 Innovation Master Class

18th June 2015, University College Dublin

Masterclass:

Frameworks for Leadership – Change, Innovation and Creativity

Speaker:

Martin Kalungu-Banda, Consultant in Organisation and Leadership Development

Overview:

A fundamental challenge for any company is dealing with change.  As leaders we must develop mechanisms that allow us to operate within the challenging political, economic and education environs.
This masterclass, which will be divided into two sessions, will introduce a range of new and exciting theories to enable participants to practically learn about innovation and creativity in order to facilitate transformation. The masterclass will explore how this transformation needs to occur within leaders, both on a personal level, as well as within the wider organisational context.

With this model you will learn how to sense and seize future opportunities and how to connect to the deeper inner journey of your professional and personal life in order to become a more effective leader and change-maker in your work environment.

Participants learnt about:

  • Practical and easy-to-use frameworks, methods and tools for facilitating and leading profound system changes, innovation and creativity.
  • Horizon scanning: looking to the future in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for your organisation.
  • Practices that enable leaders to operate at the highest level required in order to ensure that they are innovative, change-makers/change-facilitators.
Presentation:    Martin Kalungu Banda presentation - Frameworks for Leadership (4,501 KB)


April 2015 Innovation Master Classes

13th April 2015, University College Cork

Masterclass:

Building a Magnet Business

Lecturer:

Professor Thomas C. Lawton, Professor of Strategy and International Management, Open University Business School

Overview: A fundamental challenge for any company is to construct a value proposition that is both appealing to existing and potential customers and unique to the business. This is what defines a magnet business – being able to attract and retain customers with an offering that others find difficult to imitate or improve on. In this Master Class Professor Lawton explored how a value proposition – or the way in which the customer preferentially differentiates your business from competitors – consists of six distinct but interrelated principles (price, features, quality, support, availability and reputation). You can distinguish your company from the competition through how you uniquely configure and invest in these six systemic elements.
Presentation:  Professor Thomas Lawton presentation - Building a Magnet Business (6,186 KB)

 

Masterclass:

Delivering the Promise:  The Business Model

Speaker:

Professor Thomas C. Lawton, Professor of Strategy and International Management, Open University Business School

Overview: Promising customers the world can be a risky undertaking, as you eventually have to deliver on your pledge. Countless strategies run into trouble at this point, as a gulf can easily open up between good intentions and business realities. A symbiotic relationship exists at the heart of successful strategy between what the customer wants and what the company can deliver. The system for delivering the promise made to customers is commonly referred to as the company’s ‘business model’. In this Master Class, Professor Lawton explored how to configure and improve on an efficient and effective business model and illustrate how it contributes to the realization of a company’s strategic potential.

Presentation
& Handout 

Professor Thomas Lawton presentation - Delivering the Promise (1,941 KB) and Professor Thomas Lawton UCC Masterclass April 2015 workbook (264 KB)

 

All Island Innovation Conference 2014

Disruptive Tendencies:  Harnessing the Innovation Potential of Your Team.

30th September 2014, UCD O'Brien Centre for Science, UCD, Dublin

Keynote speaker: Dr Trish Gorman, academic, author and business strategist

The conference explored how harnessing productive disruption within teams can lead to successful innovation for businesses of all sizes. The keynote speaker was Dr Trish Gorman, a leading academic, author and business strategist and there was also an opportunity to hear from members of the local business community, as well as the latest research in innovation from leading academics.

Click on the following link to view the presentation.  Dr Trish Gorman AIIC 2014 presentation (376 KB)

View the video from the conference below:

 


September 2014 Lecture Series

15th and 16th September 2014, Queens University Belfast

Speaker:  Professor Erik Vermuelen, Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC)

Lecture:  ‘The Globalisation of Innovation and Business Creation’

View the presentation of the lecture here.


Masterclass 1: The Organization and Funding of Early-Stage Businesses

View The Organization and Funding of Early-Stage Businesses presentation here.


Masterclass 2:  New Trends in Early Stage Business Financing

View the New Trends in Early Stage Business Financing presentation here.


Masterclass 3: 
The Truth about IPOs (and Acquisitions) of High Tech Companies

View the Truth about IPOs (and Acquisitions) of High Tech Companies presentation here.


May 2014 Lecture

6th May 2014, Queens University, Belfast

Speaker: Professor Wim Vanhaverbeke, Professor of Innovation Management & Strategy at the Hasselt University  
Lecture: Open Innovation Fails Because Companies Are Not Prepared to Open Up!

 
Overview:

Open innovation - sourcing and co-developing innovations with external partners - has received a lot of attention in recent years. Many companies started to experiment with open innovation but for many of them the switch from closed to open innovation has proven to be more difficult than expected. Why do so many firms with a strong reputation in closed innovation fail in implementing open innovation? Internal organization of open innovation is frequently the major problem.
During the lecture, Professor Vanhaverbeke focused on the most common management problems when companies start open innovation.

This lecture was aimed at members of the business community, policy makers, public sector workers and anyone with an interest in discovering innovative ways to develop a business in the current economy.

 


September 2013 Lecture Series

2 September 2013, University College Dublin and 4 September 2013, University College Cork

Lecture: Secrets of Innovation and the 100 Million € Question
Speaker:      

Professor Oliver Gassman, Chair of Innovation Management

Overview:

Innovation is important, but many innovations fail. The key reasons for such failures include over-engineering, mistiming or inadequate business models. In this innovation lecture Professor Gassmann explained how companies can successfully leverage innovation, using real-world examples from companies such as 3M, Apple, Dell and Nestlé.

He outlined key innovation success factors and explain how companies and organisations can out-innovate their competitors. He demonstrated how cross-industry learnings are one of the strongest drivers for innovation. According to Professor Gassmann companies have to rethink and revolutionise their industry and market by creative imitation, as 90% of all business model revolutions have been re-combinations of existing ideas, concepts and technologies.

All-Island Innovation Conference 2013

'Shaping your Business for Success'

31 October - 1 November, Riddell Hall, Queen's University Belfast

Keynote speaker: Professor Robert Simons, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

The conference explored how innovation can stimulate economic recovery. The keynote speaker was Professor Robert Simons from Harvard Business School, and there was also an opportunity to hear from members of the local business community in a panel discussion chaired by BBC journalist Willam Crawley, as well as the latest research in innovation from leading academics.

View the video from the conference here.

 

April 2013 Lecture

Date: 22nd April 2013
Lecture:

Innovating With ‘Hard Constraints’: How Low Cost Innovation is Changing What We Do

Speaker:

Professor Gerard George -Vice Dean, Imperial College Business School

Venue: The Courtyard, Riddel Hall, Stranmillis Road, Queen’s University Belfast
Details:

Areas of Research

Organisation Design and Business Models especially coherence in how components of a business model fit together and its impact on performance. 

Capabilities and Innovation in new ventures and technology-intensive firms. Research addresses the processes of capability development in organisations and the effects of timing, structure and pattern of capabilities on value creation. Projects include university technology transfer, scientist entrepreneurs, and innovation in start-ups.

Entrepreneurship and Resources. This area examines issues associated with the accumulation of resources during firm formation as well as the performance impact of resource utilisation patterns in firms. This research is conducted in different contexts, including in India and Africa. 

The focus of many of these projects is on the impact of innovation and entrepreneurship on "inclusive growth".

View the video here  

October 2012 Series of Lectures and Masterclasses

Guest Speaker :  Hanadi Jabado 


April 2012 Series of Lectures and Masterclasses

Guest Speaker : Professor Christopher Tucci

Lectures

Managing Technological Change Through Innovation: What's an Incumbent to Do? (1,548 KB) 

Masterclasses

Open Innovation: Best Practices (720 KB)

Exploiting Web 2.0 to Boost Innovation (4,782 KB)

2012 Innovation Conference, NUI Galway

Guest Speaker : Professor Donald Siegel, State University of New York

Conference

Research on Academic Entrepreneurship in the U.S. and Europe: Lessons Learned and a Research Agenda (226 KB)

Economic Growth and Academic Entrepreneurship: Lessons Learned and Implications for Industry, Academia, and Policymakers (308 KB)

Book of Abstracts from the paper presentations on day 1 which were hugely interesting and diverse.

Watch the DVD:

Conference video