First event hailed a big success

Did you miss the inaugural Business Perspectives event at the Cumberland Hotel in London last week? Do not despair as we intend to bring highlights and insights from the day at a webinar on 4th December. Full details of the webinar and how to sign up will be posted here shortly. The event itself wasContinue reading “First event hailed a big success”

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Is preaching innovation to drug makers more relevant than ever?

Guest blogger: Ourania Koumi, The Open University Business School MBA student A rich pipeline of potentially marketable drug compounds is the lifeblood of the pharmaceutical industry and the first thing that used to come to mind, when as student, I was applying to companies for jobs. When I was labouring day and night against aContinue reading “Is preaching innovation to drug makers more relevant than ever?”

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Innovation or innovators?

David Harrison, Managing Partner of True Potential LLP, The Open University MBA alumnus Edited transcript of Business Perspectives Video: Innovation or innovators? “Most of the organisations I see, they train everybody” “I have observed first hand that it’s about selection. I’m not necessarily a nature versus nurture addict if you like, but if I was,Continue reading “Innovation or innovators?”

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Bounded Innovation – the limitations of organisational reality

Guest blogger:  Fiona Beukes, The Open University MBA, UK Marketing specialist, BNY Mellon   Innovation in some respects is like the Holy Grail of business – How do you do it: disruptive or continuous? How do you foster it in your organisation: Incentives? Creative downtime? Hire the right talent? Although these are obviously worthy avenues toContinue reading “Bounded Innovation – the limitations of organisational reality”

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The Middle East Could Be a Cradle of Innovation

Guest blogger:  Christopher M. Schroeder, Washington, D.C.- and New York-based entrepreneur, venture investor, and former CEO of the online content and social platform start-up healthcentral.com  This article was first published on Harvard Business Review, October 16, 2012. We in the West tend to think of innovation as the next, new, shiny, tech, globally-accepted thing. ButContinue reading “The Middle East Could Be a Cradle of Innovation”

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Engineering the future

Why large scale infrastructure should not be too technologically innovative. Evan Davis explains the reasons and shares  his views of the challenges to refreshing the UK infrastructure, reflecting on his research for Built in Britain, an OU/BBC co-production. To learn more about Built in Britain series and explore What Makes Britain? timeline, visit OpenLearn website.

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Welcome to the world of innovation!

“Innovation has certainly moved to centre stage recently. It seems that almost everyone now has a view, and at times anything goes. But there is a very solid foundation of excellent theoretical and empirical analysis that often gets lost in the current fashionable buzz around the topic. This goes back to Schumpeter (who popularised theContinue reading “Welcome to the world of innovation!”

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Business Perspectives event: Innovation Masterclass

“Organisational Innovation; a survival imperative?” 15 November 2012. Location: Cumberland Hotel, London W1. The theme of this event is ‘Innovation’, a subject area identified as critical to ongoing professional development in recent research findings from the OUBS alumni. As a result we have developed a masterclass combining industry-leader and academic perspectives that will explore howContinue reading “Business Perspectives event: Innovation Masterclass”

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“It’s the culture, stupid!”

Guest blogger: David Mayle, Lecturer in Management and a member of  The Open University’s Centre for Human Resource and Change Management. Talking of quotes, I’ve always been fond of Nick Negroponte (he of MIT Media Lab fame) and his “The best way to guarantee a steady stream of new ideas is to make sure thatContinue reading ““It’s the culture, stupid!””

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