UK~IRC Innovation Summit 2011 – Growing Through Innovation

Event :  UK~IRC Innovation Summit 2011 – Growing Through Innovation

Date :  25/11/2001

Missed the Summit? A summary report from the day is now  available to download

The Innovation Summit , our annual one day conference for practitioners, policy-makers and academics, took place on 25 th November at IBM Hursley. It was a chance to debate ‘hot-topics’ in innovation and share best practice. This year’s event, entitled Growing Through Innovation, united the latest academic research with real-world business concerns, to provide evidence-driven discussions on using innovation to sustain growth.

As R&D investment in the private sector is coming under increasing pressure, how do organisations manage their innovation processes to ensure continued growth? How can R&D budgets be used more strategically to prepare organisations to seize opportunities? How can the possibility of open innovation be realised? How can innovators successfully implement platforms and ecosystems strategies?

The 2011 UK~IRC summit brought together leading innovators and academics to share their experiences of the opportunities and challenges of growing through innovation. Speakers were drawn from a variety of international firms including IBM, GSK, Microsoft, Boeing, Pfizer, and Vestas, as well as representatives from government and academia.

The event was designed to foster interaction between organisations and individuals currently working in different sectors with a view to maximising exchange of knowledge and learning.

Confirmed industry speakers were:

  • Virginia Acha, Pfizer
  • Morten Skifter Andersen, Vestas
  • Sir Roger Bone, Boeing UK
  • Roger Burt, formerly IBM
  • Andrew Fitzgibbon, Microsoft
  • Roland Harwood, 100% Open
  • Paul Isherwood, GSK
  • Kevin Lee, GSK
  • Claudio Marinelli, Nokia
  • Sean Phelan, Multimap Founder
  • Caroline Taylor, IBM
  • David Watson, IBM
  • Jeremy Watson, Arup

Academic speakers included UK~IRC members Professor Bruce Tether, Professor Jonathan Haskel, Dr Andy Cosh, Professor Erkko Autio and Professor Bart Clarysse.

The day involved two plenary sessions, the first looking at how Arup, IBM and Microsoft have used innovation in their business growth plans. The second plenary session, sponsored by the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE), considered how to enhance the value of UK research including speakers from Boeing and GSK:

  • Open Innovation – making use of internal and external pathways for value creation (chaired by Dr Tim Minshall)
  • Platforms Innovation – looked at frameworks for analysing, designing and implementing platform and ecosystem strategies, illustrated with cases  (Chaired by Professor Erkko Autio)
  • Servitisation – considered the way companies successfully move from manufacturing to services (Chaired by Professor Bruce Tether)
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship – explored strategic renewal and globalising innovation (Chaired by Professor Bart Clarysse)

Download the final programme for the day.