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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Innovation and Scale: A Tough Balancing Act

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Session Description

Organisations are increasingly expected to innovate on a continuous basis. To realise the potential of innovations they are also expected to scale. Continuous innovation thus creates a difficult balancing act for organisations to integrate both experimentation and focus. Building on our own research and insights from participants, we will explore how relationships with funders, employees and the communities they serve challenge organisations to balance innovation and scale more productively. Together, we will generate ideas on how to overcome these complex challenges.

When | Where

13:15 - 14:30 Wednesday, April 10 Lecture Theatre 5

Session leaders

  • Academic Visitor, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
    Christian the Leo Tindemans Chair of Business Model Innovation at KU Leuven, visiting scholar at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and researcher at the Skoll Center, Uof Oxford.. Previously he directed the IESE Platform for Strategy and Sustainability as faculty in the Strategic Management Department at IESE Business School. He teaches MBA and executive courses in “International Business”, “Strategic Management”, “Social Innovation”, “Social Entrepreneurship”, and “Strategy and Sustainability”. His research on business models and organizational innovation in the social sector was recognized by the Strategic Management Society (Best Paper Award for Practice Implications, 2007) and also won him the Gold Price, 2008 of the IFC-FT research competition on private sector development. He is the author together with Prof. Johanna Mair, of the forthcoming book: Innovation and Scaling: How effective social enterprises create impact. In the 1980s and early 90s he was Associate Professor for Molecular Biology and Cancer Research at the University of Vienna. He published more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals in the natural- and social-sciences. He also held several positions in the private industry that included Director at FSG Social Impact Advisors in Geneva, Senior Contract Director at British Telecom Global Services, BT Ignite Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Senior Strategy Consultant at Siemens and Vice President for Portfolio Strategy and Product Development at Transclick Inc. In the mid 1990s, he served as Senior Adviser to the Executive Chairman of UNSCOM and led a number of missions as part of the disarmament of Iraq’s biological weapons program.
  • Johanna Mair Speaker
    Academic Editor, SSIR, Stanford University, Professor, Hertie School of Governance
    Johanna Mair is a Professor of Organization, Management and Leadership at the Hertie School of Governance. She is the Hewlett Foundation Visiting Scholar at the PACS and the Academic Editor of the SSIR. For 10 years Johanna served on the Strategic Management faculty at IESE Business School. She also serves as Vice-Chair of Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation of the World Economic Forum and carries out advisory and board work for multinational companies, the United Nations, governments, foundations and social venture funds.