Early Career Researcher Workshop: New Frontiers in Innovation

Event :  Early Career Researcher Workshop: New Frontiers in Innovation

Date :  13/09/2010

This was an intensive 1.5 day workshop for early career scholars working on the frontiers of innovation research which took place at Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge on 13th and 14th September 2010.  The event, organised by  UK~IRC Research Fellows Dr Cher Li (Imperial) and Dr Joanne Zhang (Cambridge), welcomed researchers from as far field as Tsinghua and Melbourne, as well as various European institutions. 

Attendees benefited from feedback, discussion and comments from leading UK~IRC researchers and eminient scholars including Research Director Ammon Salter , UKIRC Director Alan Hughes, Knowledge Hub Director Michael Kitson and researchers Martin Kilduff, Bruce Tether, Andy Cosh and Nelson Phillips. Between them, the discussants had extensive experience of innovation research and have edited top journals.

Each delegate was given detailed feedback on their paper as well as an opportunity to exchange ideas with their fellow researchers. The informal nature of the group allowed this model to work effectively and all participants were happy with the level of feedback they received and the opportunity to meet potential future colleagues.  Topics included:

  • Management practices and open innovation
  • Services innovation
  • Organisational and financial innovation
  • Social networks and innovation
  • Innovation in emerging industry
  • Innovation policy
  • Innovation in the public sector

 Further details of this event including the programme and participants can be found at the Timetable Page.  

We hope that the participants will use this opportunity to stay in touch and find ways to work together or meet at future events.

We hope that the participants will use this opportunity to stay in touch and find ways to work together or meet at future events.

This event has fufilled a key Knowledge Hub aim as outlined in our original centre bid, and as intended attracted a number of researchers from world-wide institutions. It has not only promoted the brand and the work of the UK~IRC amongst the delegates, but given them the opportunity to have detailed feedback from senior respected innovation scholars, giving the workshop a mentoring approach.

In addition, the network which we hope has been formed by this workshop will aid the academic development of our Research Fellows, Dr Cher Li and Dr Joanne Zhang, who organised the session and given them experience of managing a workshop-style event. Discussing their work and the role of the UK~IRC in innovation studies has been a valuable experience, and the collaborations will be potentially valuable as the Centre evolves.

 This event has fufilled a key Knowledge Hub aim as outlined in our original centre bid, and as intended attracted a number of researchers from world-wide institutions. It has not only promoted the brand and the work of the UK~IRC amongst the delegates, but given them the opportunity to have detailed feedback from senior respected innovation scholars, giving the workshop a mentoring approach.

In addition, the network which we hope has been formed by this workshop will aid the academic development of our Research Fellows, Dr Cher Li and Dr Joanne Zhang, who organised the session and given them experience of managing a workshop-style event. Discussing their work and the role of the UK~IRC in innovation studies has been a valuable experience, and the collaborations will be potentially valuable as the Centre evolves.