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Innovation for Societal Impact: A Process Perspective

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Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative (NARTI) Developmental Workshop
Innovation for Societal Impact: A Process Perspective
Professors: Raghu Garud, Joel Gehman, and Krsto Pandza
Thursday, 26 September 2013
Leeds University Business School, Leeds, UK

We invite advanced Ph.D. students and junior faculty to present their research at a developmental workshop on innovation processes.

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Innovation for Societal Impact: A Process Perspective

  1. 1. Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative (NARTI) Developmental Workshop on: INNOVATION FOR SOCIETAL IMPACT: A PROCESS PERSPECTIVE Professors: Raghu Garud, Joel Gehman, and Krsto Pandza Thursday, 26 September 2013 Leeds University Business School University of Leeds Room TBC Leeds, UK We invite advanced Ph.D. students and junior faculty to present their research at a developmental workshop on innovation processes.1 Innovation has become increasingly important for the continued vitality of firms and regional, national and global economies. At the turn of the 19th century, innovation was driven by advances in manufacturing, and accelerated exponentially by its end because of the advent of information technologies. Now, we believe that innovation in the 21st century will be driven by responses to large societal challenges such as sustainability, population growth, climate change, energy, poverty and access to healthcare. We would particularly welcome projects on innovation that address such issues, although such a focus is not essential. We are also very interested in research projects that investigate cultural, institutional and organizational aspects of the changing nature of innovation processes. The innovation process itself has many components including invention (the emergence of an idea), development (the elaboration of the idea), and implementation (the widespread acceptance of the innovation) as they unfold across firms, networks, and communities. In addition, there are complexities associated with innovation processes including evolutionary complexity (e.g. path dependence involved), relational complexity (e.g. the entanglements between social and material elements that occur), temporal complexity (the asynchronies and diachronies that are involved), and cultural complexity (differences in the meanings associated with innovation across cultural systems). Proposals can cover any of these issues or related topics.2 Programme This one-day workshop is designed to facilitate intensive interactions between experienced and junior faculty so as to advance research projects that centre on investigating innovation processes in firms, networks and wider communities. Each participant will have the opportunity to: (a) make a short presentation of their research, (b) give and receive feedback and (c) engage in a group discussion on the progress of the field of innovation studies.                                                                                                                           1 If you are a member, NARTI will contribute towards your travel costs to the workshop. Please ask the organisers for an expense claim form on the day. 2 For more on these themes see: Garud, Tuertscher & Van de Ven. (2013). “Perspectives on Innovation Processes.” Academy of Management Annals; Garud & Gehman. (2012). “Metatheoretical Perspectives on Sustainability Journeys: Evolutionary, Relational and Durational.” Research Policy, 41; Pandza & Ellwood (2013). “Strategic and Ethical Foundations for Responsible Innovation.” Research Policy, 42.
  2. 2. To assure productive discussions, we request participants to submit an extended abstract (5-7 pages, references included) that lays down the core arguments, theoretical positioning, methods applied, and summary of findings (to the extent that they are already available). These extended abstracts will serve as the basis for roundtable discussions that will generate feedback for participants on their projects. Each participant will have an opportunity to make a short presentation at a designated roundtable. And, each participant will be requested to read two of the proposals to provide some feedback that will also serve as the basis for discussions. The deadline for submitting the extended abstract is Monday 2nd September 2013. We will inform you of your acceptance to workshop soon thereafter. AGENDA 09:30 - 10:00 Coffee and registration. 10:00 - 10:25 Perspectives on Innovation Processes: Opportunities and Challenges. Raghu Garud 10:25 - 11:25 1st roundtable discussion; 3 parallel roundtables. Focus on participants’ research projects 11:25 - 11:30 Break. 11:30 - 12:30 2nd roundtable discussion; 3 parallel roundtables. Focus on participants’ research projects 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch. 13:30 - 13:50 Sustainability Journeys. Joel Gehman 13:50 - 14:50 3rd roundtable discussion; 3 parallel roundtables. Focus on participants’ research projects 14:50 - 15:05 Break. 15:05 - 15:15 Summary of Roundtable discussion. Krsto Pandza 15:15 - 16:00 Plenary discussion with the panel. Raghu Garud, Joel Gehman, Krsto Pandza
  3. 3. About the Organizers Raghu Garud Raghu Garud is Alvin H. Clemens Professor of Management & Organization and the Research Director of the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Pennsylvania State University. Raghu’s research explores the emergence of novelty and its adoption. Specifically, he is interested in understanding how new ideas emerge, are valued, and become institutionalized. He has written extensively on these topics offering concepts such as path creation, economies of substitution, technology entrepreneurship, bricolage as a collective process and the socio-cognitive bases for technology emergence. Raghu is currently organizing a workshop on the emergence of novelty at Crete, Greece. Joel Gehman Joel Gehman is Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Organization, and H.E. Pearson Faculty Fellow at the University of Alberta School of Business. He studies the strategies and practices organizations pursue in response to emerging cultural concerns related to sustainability and values, and the impact of such cultural concerns on technology innovation and institutional arrangements. His work has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Studies, Research Policy and others. Ongoing research examines these issues in the context of shale gas drilling, hydraulic fracturing patents, nuclear power plants, multinational divestitures, climate change, social benefit corporations, and organizational codes of conduct. Krsto Pandza Krsto Pandza is Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the Leeds University Business School. His research interest centres on understanding the role of technology innovation and organizational capabilities in creating and sustaining competitive advantage in companies from technology and engineering-driven industries. More precisely he explores the role of managers in creating and strategically shaping innovation capabilities in complex organizations. His interest in emerging technologies inevitably leads him to explore high-tech start-ups, industry-university collaboration, and development of transnational research policy and ethical aspects of technology innovation. Krsto currently leads a multi-million EU project focused on management of emerging technology for societal impact. His work has been published in British Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Research Policy, Technovation and International Journal of Operations & Production Management. Krsto serves on the editorial advisory board of Journal of Management Studies. WHO SHOULD APPLY? We encourage anyone who is interested from Europe to apply. If you are a member of NARTI, the initiative will contribute towards your travel costs to the workshop. Please ask the organisers for an expense claim form on the day. The following link provides details for travelling to Leeds: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/20014/about/157/how_to_find_us The following link provides accommodation searches for Leeds: www.booking.com HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP: Please complete the booking form that appears and return to Joanne Garrick (details below) by no later than Monday 2nd September 2013. Places are limited. Participants will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  4. 4. BOOKING  FORM     Innovation  for  societal  impact:  a  process  perspective   Thursday  26th  September  2013   Leeds  University  Business  School     Name:       University/Organisation:       Level  of  Research:       Doctoral  Student     Early  Career  Researcher     Staff   Area  of  Research:         Any  specific  interests,  issues   and/or  questions  you  wish  to   discuss:       Email:     Any  dietary  requirements  (e.g.   vegetarian,  Halal)     Disability  requirements         Please  return  this  booking  form  to  Joanne  Garrick  at:  narti@lubs.leeds.ac.uk  

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