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Innovation is universally regarded as a key route to prosperity and societal development. Businesses and individuals spend considerable time, effort and money to develop new innovative products, services or solutions to maintain and improve their prospects.

Although organisational innovators are relatively more successful in achieving their objectives, the success rate for turning new ideas into innovative solutions is generally considered to be lower than expectations. Experts have been pursuing different routes to develop systematic approaches to simplify and increase the success rates of turning ideas into innovation.

This seminar is an opportunity to share and discuss different perspectives, ideas, opinion, expertise and experience by innovation professionals from academia / research, industry / commerce, education and the government. It is anticipated that such exchanges in this forum would lead to the development of a comprehensive Systematic Innovation approach that can be adopted by all stakeholders interested in innovation. Furthermore, development of effective systematic approaches could lead to higher rates of success for practicing innovators and promote innovation by attracting new innovators through development of efficient training programs.


11:30 Registration
12:00 Introduction and Welcome – Prof B Yazdani
12:10 Evolution of human problem solving from hunter gatherers to modern day innovation – Dr R Ghaffari
12:50 Innovation and Ethics – Prof AG Hessami
13:30 Innovation and its role in education and potential impact on students’ future – Dr D Kaur

14:10 Break & Refreshments

14:40 The role of Systems Engineering in Innovation – Prof MJ Henshaw
15:10 Innovation management systems and the enabling conditions for serial innovation success – Dr B Watson
15:50 Systematic Innovation, complex systems & capability maturity: not getting the venue so far ahead of the parade no-one knows you’re in the parade anymore – Mr K Cilliers
16:30 Interdisciplinary vision of Systemic Innovation, its application and the potential role of the IEEE SISIG in ‘democratising’ innovation – Dr F Fassihi

17:10 Discussions
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This seminar is the inaugural meeting of the Systemic Innovation Special interest group (SISIG) of the IEEE UK and Ireland and is jointly sponsored by the Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University.

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