New publication in the Academy of Management Journal by Prof. Schubert and Dr. Tavassoli on innovation and diversity in teams

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After all the passion and attention the new publication in AMJ is here! Congratulations!

Product Innovation and Educational Diversity in Top and Middle Management Teams

Diversity is seen as a basic prerequisite for firms to be highly innovative. Nevertheless, the empirical literature provides rather mixed evidence for the postulated innovation-AMJ in press.pngpromoting effects. On the basis of a linked employer-employee data set for Sweden, in this paper the authors demonstrate that diversity, especially interdisciplinarity, in management teams leads to higher innovativeness of the firm. However, the effects depend on which management teams are considered. Interdisciplinarity in top management teams (exclusively) increases the probability of innovation activities being initiated as well as the level of innovation expenditure as measured by turnover. Interdisciplinarity in middle management teams (exclusively) increases the probability of successful product innovations and their degree of novelty.

Enjoy the insights!

 

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Launch of Prof. Borrás and Prof. Edquist’s new book “Holistic Innovation Policy –Theoretical Foundations, Policy Problems, and Instrument Choices”

We congratulate and are happy to announce the launch of an important new book by Prof. Susana Borrás and Prof. Charles Edquist “Holistic Innovation Policy – Theoretical Foundations, Policy Problems, and Instrument Choices”

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The book …

  • Focuses on innovation policy, a topic that is often overlooked in academic literature, providing a valuable resource for policy-makers
  • Brings forward a theoretical basis for the analysis and design of innovation policy, providing a method to identify problems that should be addressed by public action
  • Presents a holistic view of innovation policy and considers a range of possible unexpected consequences of policy itself

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FIND THE PUBLICATION HERE   where it will become available on the March 14

The book launch event was held at CIRCLE. After the presentation and the speeches, guests could ask questions, discuss the topics of the book and mingle to celebrate the achievement. Unfortunately, Susana could not attend the event herself, but we look forward to seeing her soon again.

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CIRCLE Seminar with Susanne Boethius & Christopher Mathieu, Lund University, on Workplace Innovation in Hospitals

susanneboethius-224.jpgSusanne Boethius, Department of Sociology, Lund University was Project Manager and a senior researcher in the Horizon 2020 project QuInnE – Quality of Jobs and Innovation Generated Employment outcomes. Together with Chris Mathieu she carried out the Swedish case studies for the QuInnE project on innovation, job quality and employment in hospital environments. She is also PI on the FORTE financed project “Ringa polisen? En undersökning av det sociala nätverkets responser på våld i nära relationer”

Christopher Mathieu, Department of Sociology, Lund University was PI and project chrismathieu-224.jpgcoordinator on the QuInnE project and involved in the Hospital and computer games case studies. Since 2014 he has been involved in a project examining selection to Specialist physician training programmes in Sweden, resulting in among other things the current publication “Identification of warning signs during selection of surgical trainees”. It will be published in June 2019 in the Journal of Surgical Education. Together with Chris Warhurst and Rachel Dwyer he is also currently editing The Oxford Handbook of Job Quality (OUP, 2019).

The title of the seminar: “Workplace Innovation in Hospitals”
Date: Wednesday 6th of March 2019 at 12:15
Place: Sölvegatan, 16, MNO-huset, CIRCLE, M213

Abstract: Hospitals have long been seen as environments that receive innovations from the external environment at best, and at worst are highly resistant to change and innovation. A variety of explanations have been used to establish and explain this understanding, usually based on characteristics of hospitals as organisations or on their wider institutional setting. However, more recent research sees hospitals as dynamic actors in innovation networks and processes, as well as settings for innovation. This talk lays out some of the theoretical approaches to innovation in hospital settings, as well as providing recent empirical research findings from the QuInnE project, with a primary focus on Workplace Innovation (Oeij, Rus & Pot, eds, 2017 – Springer).

Practical: The seminar is held in CIRCLE Seminar Room, it is open for everyone and there is no need to register. In case you don’t have the access card to our building, please let us know (or simply ring us on the entrance doorbell).
Contact: 
Claudio Fassio (claudio.fassio@circle.lu.se) 

Very Welcome to the seminar!

P.S. Look out for more events in the Circle calendar

 

Insights from Swedish National Innovation Council and a debate article on innovation policy by Prof. Charles Edquist

First out this year is a new debate article entitled “Rätt innovationspolitik kan försvara välfärden” that was published in “Ny Teknik”. It contributes to the debate on the importance of a different innovation policy that impacts many more actors than those involved in the basic research. Please find it here
(Available, unfortunately, only in Swedish. Google translate may be of help)

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The debate draws on the article published earlier in the Research policy which gives insights from the work of the Swedish National Innovation Council. It is a rather unique type of council for any nation and that focuses on processes that support Innovation. 

Please find it here: Edquist, C. (2018, October). Towards a holistic innovation policy: Can the Swedish National Innovation Council (NIC) be a role model? Published on October 24, 2018 by Research Policy. Alternative link here

Happy new debates 2019!

prof. Charles Edquist gives a seminar at the OECD in Paris on innovation policy

You are welcome to join on November 21, 2018 (11:00 – 12:00), when prof. Charles Edquist gives a seminar with the title  “To develop a Holistic Innovation Policy should be self-evident – for all countries and regions!” at The Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI), OECD, (room MB5122 in the Marshall Building, 2, rue André Pascal, Paris). Charles has been asked to present an overview of the conclusions reached in four separate (but interrelated) research areas – each based on recent publications.

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Photo: OECD Forum 2017: Ambiance by OECD cc

The areas are:

  1. Why must innovation policy necessarily be holistic (and not partial/linear) to make the policy efficient, and how can such a holistic policy be developed?
  2. The Swedish National Innovation Council is a unique form of governance of innovation policy and has had a role in the transition towards a more holistic innovation policy in Sweden.
  3. Innovations can be enhanced by public procurement (which is 15-20 % of GDP). But it requires that the functions to be fulfilled by the products bought are specified – the product to be bought shall not be described at all.
  4. Measuring innovation is crucial for the design of innovation policy. However, the yearly published Summary Innovation Index of the EU is flawed and directly counterproductive to the development of efficient innovation policies.

In the presentation Charles will focus on the research results achieved. In the discussion he will present details underlying the conclusions. If there is not enough time, the arguments can be found in publications, see http://charlesedquist.com. In particular, the following publications, related to the four topics, are relevant:

  1. The book entitled “Holistic Innovation Policy: Theoretical Foundations, Policy Problems and Instrument Choices” by Susana Borrás and Charles Edquist is now advertised by Oxford University Press. Table of Contents and Chapter 1 can be downloaded here.
  2. Edquist, C. (2018, October). Towards a holistic innovation policy: Can the Swedish National Innovation Council (NIC) be a role model? Published on October 24, 2018 by Research Policyhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.10.008 Alternative link here.
  3. Edquist, C. (November 2017). Developing strategic frameworks for innovation related public procurement – Thematic Report Topic A of the Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) Innovation related public procurement.Published by European Commission, DG Research & Innovation,  September 2017. Click here for the MLE Overview report page, click here to download the final report.
  4. Edquist, C., & Zabala-Iturriagagoitia, J.M. (2018, June 22). Viewpoint: The latest EU innovation index is out. It’s flawed. Debate article in Science Businesshttps://sciencebusinesnet/viewpoint/viewpoint-latest-eu-innovation-index-out-its-flawed (Based on Edquist, Zabala-Iturriagagoitia, Barbero and Sofio (2018). On the meaning of innovation performance: is the synthetic indicator of the Innovation Union Scoreboard flawed?, Research Evaluation, pp 1 – 16, https://doi.org/10.1093/reseval/rvy011, June 2018. Alternate link.)

Welcome to join the seminar next week, this time in Paris!

CIRCLE Seminar with Dr. George Tsekouras, dir. of CENTRIM, on Connecting SMEs to the research base: An agency-approach to policy making

Dr. George Tsekouras currently leads the research centre CENTRIM (Centre for Change, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management), University of Brighton, UK. He leads research in diverse aspects of knowledge sharing such as organisational development of the pertinent processes IT capabilities, learning George-Tsekouras-1-Cropped-260x320.jpgnetworks in less developed regions, knowledge sharing in the context of emerging sectors. George has also worked in various other innovation management fields such as benchmarking, business processes, mobile services and regional development. He has a first degree in mechanical engineering, a DPhil from SPRU. He has presented his work to various international conferences, has delivered several executives seminars and university lectures in the UK and overseas. He is also reviewer for international journals such as Research Policy, Organization Science and Industrial and Corporate Change.

The title of the seminar: “Connecting SMEs to the research base: An agency-approach to policy making”.
Date: 24th of October: 13.30-14.30
Place: Sölvegatan, 16, MNO-huset, CIRCLE, M213

Practical: The seminar is held in CIRCLE Seminar Room, it is open for everyone and there is no need to register. In case you don’t have the access card to our building, please let us know (or simply ring us on the entrance doorbell). Contact: Claudio Fassio (claudio.fassio@circle.lu.se) 

Welcome!

P.S. Look out for more events in the Circle calendar

 

CIRCLE Seminar with Prof. Wolfgang Sofka on international and innovation strategy of firms

Dr. Wolfgang Sofka is Professor in Strategic and International Management at the Department of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School. He currently also holds a professorial appointment as Chair in International Business (part time, permanent) at the University of Liverpool Management School. sofka

Wolfgang’s research focuses on topics in international and innovation strategy. He investigates how firms search for innovative ideas and commercialize them successfully. This includes the strategic choices of multinational companies (MNCs), the hiring of strategic human capital as well as value capturing strategies. Wolfgang’s research has appeared in leading journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Research Policy or the Journal of Product Innovation Management.

Date: 16th of October: 15.00-16.00
Place: Sölvegatan, 16, MNO-huset, CIRCLE, M213

Practical: The seminar is held in CIRCLE Seminar Room, it is open for everyone and there is no need to register. In case you don’t have the access card to our building, please let us know (or simply ring us on the entrance doorbell). Contact: Claudio Fassio (claudio.fassio@circle.lu.se) 

Welcome!

P.S. Look out for more events in the Circle calendar