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Talk for Ausbiotech Breakfast
September 23, 2009, 2:41 pm
Filed under: events

I had the pleasure of presenting to the Brisbane biotech industry this morning, during one of their regular breakfast sessions. Here are my slides (no audio unfortunately!)

Tim Kastelle also presented, on how firms should strategically manage their position within networks. His talk was insightful and engaging – although it did imply that I might not have a personality that lends itself to social networking (based on analysis of my Facebook page).

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Having an impact on UK innovation policy
September 23, 2009, 1:18 pm
Filed under: policy

Jason Potts, Principal Research Fellow at CCI, and Kate Morrison, of Vulture Street Innovation, have achieved direct influence on the evolution of innovation policy in the UK. Their paper, Nudging Innovation, was published earlier this year by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) as a theoretical framework to examine the role of creative innovation services in stimulating innovation in the wider economy. The paper sets out an argument that behavioural biases can make it difficult for SMEs to adopt best practice innovation processes. It further argues that innovation services provided by creative businesses can help address these behavioural failures to improve the innovation performance of firms in non-creative sectors.

One of the conclusions of the paper is that vouchers can be used on a one‐off basis to ‘nudge’ firms towards increased use of innovation services. NESTA has now launched a world-first programme, known as Creative Credits, to test this hypothesis as a rigorous policy experiment. Creative Credits helps Manchester-based small businesses to develop their ideas by offering vouchers (or credits) to the value of £4,000, supplementing an investment from the business itself of £1,000. Firms use the credits to purchase creative services from local providers, showcased in an online gallery. Data will be collected on the innovation performance of both the firms that receive the credits and those that are unsuccessful (as a control group) so the impact of the increased use of creative services can be measured. This experiment will help UK policy makers decide whether innovation vouchers should be made more widely available.



Seeking reports from the frontline on collaborative innovation
September 3, 2009, 12:56 pm
Filed under: journals

One of Vulture Street’s core principles is to stay involved with the latest research and thinking in academic areas that are relevant to the jam process, including economics, innovation management, business strategy and advances in web technology.

Part of staying up-to-date is Kate’s associate editorship of the journal Innovation: Management, Policy and Practice, which was founded by Professor Mark Dodgson over ten years ago.

In order to try to build greater insight into how processes of collaborative innovation (such as jamming) are evolving in organisations (both private and public sector), we’ve launched a special issue of the journal on Collaborative and Challenge-led Innovation. As described in the call for papers, we are especially looking for reports from practitioners working ‘at the coal face’ and those involved in introducing and embedding these new innovation practices into real organisations.

The deadline for papers is 1st March 2010, however we are more than happy to discuss potential submissions and provide advice on content prior to this – contact Kate or co-editor Tim Kastelle.