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InterTradeIreland Innovation Lecture with Professor Wim Vanhaverbeke

May 8, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: CA118, Cairnes Building, NUI Galway Galway Ireland

Speaker(s): Professor Wim Vanhaverbeke

Affiliation: University of Hasselt, Belgium

Organised by: Whitaker Institute

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InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme

Open Innovation Fails

Because Companies Are Not

Prepared to Open Up! 

Professor Wim Vanhaverbeke
Professor of Strategy and Innovation

University of Hasselt, Belgium


Numerous companies have started to experiment with open innovation but for many of them the switch from closed to open innovation has proven to be more difficult than expected. Why did so many firms with a strong reputation in closed innovation fail in implementing open innovation? During the lecture, Professor Vanhaverbeke will focus on the most common management problems when companies start open innovation.



About Professor Wim Vanhaverbeke

Professor Wim Vanhaverbeke is Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the University of Hasselt. He is also visiting professor at ESADE Business School and the National University of Singapore.

He has been published in several international journals such as Organization Science, Research Policy, California Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Small Business Economics, Journal of Business Venturing, and Technovation. He is co-editor with Henry Chesbrough and Joel West of the book “Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm” (OUP, 2006). He is a dedicated open innovation researcher collaborating with different partners in universities and companies around the globe. His current research is focused on open innovation in SMEs, innovation ecosystems and on the implementation of open innovation practices. 

In 2012, he established the European Innovation Forum with Henry Chesbrough (Haas Business School, University of California Berkeley and Faculty Director, Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation and Center for Open Innovation).

He consults and organises workshops for multinationals and technology companies, and he was recently recognised by the International Association of Management of Technology (IAMOT) as one of the top 50 authors of technology and innovation management over the last 5 years (2008-2012).


About the InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme

The InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme aims to promote and encourage innovation across the island of Ireland. It brings international expertise in innovation to Queen’s University Belfast, NUI Galway, University College Cork and University College Dublin. Best international practice is shared with business leaders, students, academics, knowledge transfer professionals and policy makers in each region via innovation lectures, seminars and master classes. This Programme is organised by InterTradeIreland, Queen’s University Belfast, University College Dublin, University College Cork and NUI Galway.

For more information about the InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme please visit www.intertradeireland.com/all-island-innovation-programme