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Innovation Masterclass

Note: This event has already taken place and cannot be booked.

“Organisational Innovation; a survival imperative?”

Location: Cumberland Hotel, London W1. Click here for map and directions.

15 November 2012.

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 how innovation can be fostered at all levels within an organisation.

A separate but complementary evening event will be hosted by the Dean of the Business School, Professor Rebecca Taylor with guest speakers Evan Davis and Ken Keir, Executive VP, Honda Motor Europe.



Elvin Box,

Associate Director of Mace, Open University MBA



Ken Keir OBE,

Executive Vice President of Honda Motor Europe


Evan Davis,

Visiting Professor and presenter of The Bottom Line


Adrian Simpson,

Chief Technology Officer for SAP UK & Ireland


Sukhvinder (Win) Dhat,

UK Practice Leader, Kates Kesler Organisation Consulting


David Harrison MBA,

Entrepreneur and Founder & Managing Partner of True Potential


Imran Razzaq,

Central Eastern Europe Cloud Lead, Microsoft


Professor Rebecca Taylor,

Dean of  the OU Business School


Professor James Fleck,

Professor of Innovation Dynamics at the OU Business School


Dr Leslie Budd,

Reader in Social Enterprise at the OU Business School 

Daytime innovation masterclass

In challenging economic times, innovation is in demand; every organisation needs ‘it’ at a strategic, operational and product level, but how do you attain it?

This CPD masterclass illustrates the elusive mix of people, culture, process and technical elements that combine to deliver success through innovation and will provide techniques and case studies that can be applied to your own context during the action learning sets.

  • 10:00 - Arrival, registration, coffee
  • 10:30 - Welcome, overview, objectives
  • 10:45 - Innovation in organisations. A research perspective on innovation and an overview of the nature of innovation - Professor James Fleck
  • 11:15 - Leveraging Technology to Drive Organisational Innovation. A business perspective - Adrian Simpson, Chief Technology Officer, SAP
  • 11:45 - Over to you. Group work relating the research and business insights to own challenges and experiences.  Facilitated by Professor James Fleck
  • 12:45 - Lunch
  • 13:45 - Expert Panel. Business and research experts give their views and personal experiences of success factors in innovation in organisations. Chaired by Professor James Fleck

          Win Dhat - Organisation Design and Change Consultant, KatesKesler

          David HarrisonEntrepreneur and Managing Partner, True Potential

          Dr Leslie Budd  - Reader in Social Enterprise, OUBS

  • 15:00 - Over to you. Group discussion and facilitated work responding to opinions from the Expert Panel.  Followed by Q&A. Facilitated by Professor James Fleck
  • 16:30 - Maintaining an innovative brand. A business perspective - Imran Razzaq, Eastern Europe Cloud Lead, Microsoft
  • 17:00 - Reflections, Learnings and Close - Professor James Fleck
  • 17:30 - Day event closes

Evening programme

  • 18:00 - Registration
  • 18:30 - Welcome by Professor Rebecca Taylor, Dean Open University Business School
  • 18:40 - The importance of innovation in economic recovery - Evan Davis, Visiting Professor & presenter of BBC Bottom Line
  • 19:00 - How innovation drives our business - Ken Keir, OBE, Executive Vice President Honda Motor Europe
  • 19:30 - Q & A
  • 20:00 - Buffet  and networking
  • 21:00 - Close

Event information and booking

The inaugural Business Perspectives event is now fully booked!

If you would like to register your interest for a place should one become available please emaill:

You may also be interested to know that we will be holding a webinar, on Tuesday 4 December for OUBS students and alumni,  with edited highlights from the event.  We will be promoting this event in the coming weeks and further details of how to register will be available here. 

Why not join our online community and share your thoughts in our Business Perspectives blog site.

Innovation insights – real world views required

Alongside our event, ‘Organisational innovation; a survival imperative?’  We are conducting a survey which has been produced by Prof James Fleck to inform the Innovation theme and other activities this quarter.

The role of the survey is to get a snapshot of practising managers’ views innovation in the workplace now. A final report, containing analysis by James and other researchers will be due in December.
We would really value your insight.  To take part in the survey please, click here.

Event details

Note: This event has already taken place and cannot be booked.

Start date: 15 November, 2012 at 10:00
End date: 15 November, 2012 at 21:00

UK region: London

Contact details

Name: Janet Barker
Phone: +44 (0)1908 659262