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Nothing like an engaging conference

A week from today I will be headed to Helsinki School of Economics for the Center for Knowledge and Innovation Research workshop. From their website, this is the focus of the conference:

The workshop focuses on LEADERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE INNOVATION. The ongoing profound transformation of the world economy calls for new ways to lead and govern collective action in companies, actor networks and broadly in society. The old governance models and structures do not sufficiently guide and support us in our aims for sustainable life, well-being and long-term wealth creation in the transforming economy.

Prior to this conference, I’ll be attending the NITIM doctoral consortium, giving and receiving feedback from other doctoral students on our dissertation topics. I am excited to meet some great people, and hear some great ideas.

Open Innovation in the news

Mentions of Open Innovation continue to appear in diverse places. Here are a few mentions in the past day or so.

A FastCompany expert blog tells how PetMD is choosing not to adopt Open Innovation blindly, to differentiate itself from its competitors.

Jeong Kim, President of Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs tells how the new joint research lab with Institut Telecom “represoecdents another important step forward for us  in realizing our open innovation strategy”.

Science Archived links to an OECD study which lists Open Innovation as a recent trend in the innovation process.

Post Doc Opportunity in Open Innovation

luleaI saw on the AOM TIM Newsletter that there is a post doc opportunity in Open Innovation at Luleå University of Technology. I have not been looking much, but this is the first time I have seen a post-doc position specifically for Open Innovation research. Here it is:

The research division Entrepreneurship & Industrial Organisation at Luleå University of Technology (Sweden) focuses upon scholarly study of business development in commercial companies, especially development based on innovative products, services, process solutions or new ways of organising business activities. Its research team, consisting of 13 members (nine seniors and four PhD candidates) and three associated visiting professors/researchers, now announces a:


Your background
We believe you have successfully completed and defended your PhD dissertation during the last three years in fields such as entrepreneurship, business administration, product development or innovation management.  You are curious to learn more about a Swedish academic environment and looking forward to cooperate with ambitious members of the division’s team in Luleå. Maybe you also would like to experience “a productive sabbatical” at Sweden’s northernmost university, close to the Arctic Circle.

Your field of research
Your main topic is technology management, product innovation and/or innovation system research, where we would like you to specifically contribute in projects aiming at developing our understanding of open innovation theory and/or network-related arrangements for business development. An option is to divide the scholarship into two parts, addressing (1) open innovation principles and practises, and (2) regional innovation systems and indicators for measuring the dynamics of innovation. This links to ongoing research at both the Entrepreneurship team and at the Industrial Organization team. 

Your skills and competences
We expect you to work within our team at the university for at least a period of six months. We require candidates to demonstrate high analytical skills as well as significant skills in research methods employed in the social sciences. You should be fluent in English, and enjoy both self-organized and team-based work tasks.  International publication in scholarly journals relevant to your research filed is highly valued. 

Position conditions
This is a scholarship position for one year (2009). It may also be divided into two positions with a six months contract for each position. Definitive terms for the position(s) will be negotiated.

Your application should be sent to Luleå University of Technology, IES, Entrepreneurship & Industrial organisation, Att: Håkan Ylinenpää, SE-971 87 Luleå, Sweden, incoming before the December 15th 2009. Attach your full CV, at least two academic persons who may provide references, and possibly earlier work that could be of relevance. 

More information
Contact the head of division, professor Håkan Ylinenpää (phone +46-920-491210, e-mail [email protected]) for more information. Dr Johan Frishammar (phone +46-920-491407 e-mail [email protected]) will also be at your service for information.