Innovation and Design Thinking @ QUT

Thanks to ACE researcher Dr. Judy Matthews attracting her to QUT, we could enjoy a speech by Jeanne Liedtka at the Vice-Chancellor’s Forum on Monday, 26 September 2016. Jeanne is Professor at the Darden Graduate School of Management, University of Virginia.

Her speech was on “design thinking”, especially in the context of innovation. The design thinking movement challenges social scientists not to stop at academic publication of their findings, but to translate them into a toolkit that practitioners actually can and will use. Liedtka has previously promoted this approach in her books The Catalyst, Designing for Growth: A design thinking tool kit for managers, and Solving Business Problems with Design Thinking: Ten Stories of What Works. At the closing of the event ACE Director Per Davidsson took the podium to deliver the thanks to Professor Liedka. Per exemplified the impact design thinking can have with the Business Model Canvas—which may do not even know is an academic product—and reminded about the recent visit to QUT and ACE by one of its creators, Professor Yves Pigneur. Some of the background of this success story is revealed in this conversation between Yves, Per, and ACE Deputy Director, Professor Paul Steffens. While being self-critical on behalf on mainstream social science in his concluding remarks, Per also pointed out that input from such research are an important building block in performing the low cost experiments that can lead to a design-based solution that works.

The links to Jeanne Liedtka’s presentation can be found here:

Part 1 link is https://youtu.be/2fEIG-M8oUo

Part 2 link is https://youtu.be/Fcswyx5PvyY

Former ACE postdoc wins research award

Former ACE researcher Rene Bakker, now an Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at Indiana University, has won the 2016 Kelley School of Business Research Award. The award recognizes Rene’s research performance over the past year, culminating in a set of publications in the leading management journals. The award is in part based on the work on the Australian mining industry which Rene undertook during his time at ACE.  Rene was with ACE from 2011 to 2015 first as a postdoc and later as a senior research fellow. You’ll find out more about Rene and the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research in this ACE Spotlight Interview conducted by Annelore Huyghe.

Links to some of Rene’s key articles can be found below.

Pull the plug or take the plunge: Multiple opportunities and the speed of venturing decisions in the Australian mining industry.   RM Bakker, D Shepherd.   Academy of Management Journal (Forthcoming)

Stepping in and stepping out: Strategic alliance partner re‐configuration and the unplanned termination of complex projects.   RM Bakker.   Strategic Management Journal 37 (9), 1919–1941