Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer for Effective Innovation

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Date Thursday, June 21, 2018
Time 8:15 - 10:00
Speaker(s) Georges Haour, Emeritus Professor of Innovation and Technology Management, IMD

In firms, innovation may be defined as “something novel aimed at a success in the marketplace”. It is an element of competiveness. Most innovations constitute small improvements of existing offerings. Others are radical; for example, a new, effective, drug against cancer, or solid state LED-light emitting diodes. The latter ones tend to have a large economic impact, but astute, customer-oriented, small improvements often create much value. Chinese entrepreneurs are remarkably effective in this area.

Innovations may well not involve any technical aspect. An example is self-service, which revolutionised the retail industry, without involving anything technical. The Sony “walkman” was a brilliant product innovation, which did not involve much technical advance. The digital tsunami impacts all areas of activities, so that leveraging information technologies constitutes a key challenge in our time.

Crucially, entrepreneurial spirit provides the vector to get the innovative offering to market. It usually requires effective technology transfer; this process of going from science to business is most arduous (*). 

This workshop highlights the ingredients required to innovate effectively. China, will soon be a crucial source of innovations for the world, according to a recent book by the author (**). The case of China will be contrasted with that of Europe, where, Switzerland is ranked as the world’s best in innovation and technology/knowledge transfer (*).  

(*) From Science to business, Georges Haour & Laurent Miéville (Palgrave, London, 2011; www.sciencetobusiness.ch)

(**) Created in China (Bloomsbury, London , 2016), now available in Chinese (CITIC Publishing, Beijing, 2017)

Please register by 5pm Wed, June 20, 2018. Partners and friends are welcome, if seating permits. Registration will be on a first-come first-reserved basis with priority given to alumni. Please contact our club at [email protected], if you have any problems with registration.

Fee:  $280 (includes breakfast and drinks)

Registration: please register and pay online at https://www.eventbrite.hk/e/entrepreneurship-and-technology-transfer-for-effective-innovation-tickets-45182498068

Event Program:

8:15 - 8:30        Registration
8:30 - 9:15        Talk by Professor Georges Haour
9:15 - 10:00      Q & A, Networking, and Breakfast

Fees IMD Alumni: HKD 280.00
Venue Dot Cod Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar, Central

Dress Code Business Professional
Registration Deadline Thursday, June 14, 2018

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