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InterTradeIreland – Open Innovation with Henry Chesbrough

March 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: NUI Galway
Galway, Ireland

Speaker(s): Prof Henry Chesbrough

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The Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway and the InterTradeIreland All Island Innovation Programme partners are delighted to host a forthcoming online lecture followed by a live Q&A session with Professor Henry Chesbrough; a  leading scholar in open innovation management. Professor Chesbrough coined the term ‘open innovation’ and developed the concept in his 2003 book, ‘Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology’. Since then he has become a leading scholar and practitioner internationally in the open innovation paradigm, which centres around the need for companies to use ‘outside-in’ and ‘inside-out’ ideas and paths to market.

In this lecture, which specifically addresses SMEs on the island of Ireland, Professor Chesbrough will explain why engaging in open innovation is an imperative more than ever in response to the COVID pandemic. In particular, his lecture will address the three key steps to deal with Covid-19 via open innovation:

Step 1: Stop the disease

Step 2: Start the recovery

Step 3: Manage the reoccurrence

In so doing, Professor Chesbrough will offer insights into what areas of the economy and workplace will be different after the pandemic and in the ‘new normal’. He will also discuss the requirement of companies to build an infrastructure to effectively respond to the pandemic and thereby build resilience. Specifically addressing SMEs, Professor Chesbrough will discuss the capabilities that SMEs have for engaging in open innovation whilst also offering practical lessons and opportunities for SMEs.

Immediately following the lecture, there will be a live interactive Q&A session where you will have an opportunity to ask questions or share your comments live with Professor Chesbrough.

The event will be structured as follows:

·         Lecture: 4pm – 4.30pm

·         Live Q&A via the chat function: 4.30pm – 5.00pm

This event will be of interest to SMEs, industry associations, policymakers, students and academics. The online event will take place on Wednesday 3rd March 2021



Professor Henry Chesbrough is educational director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation at Berkeley Haas. His research focuses on technology management and innovation strategy. He also teaches at Esade Business School at Spain’s University Ramon Llull. He has been an adjunct professor at the Harvard Business School and previously served as product manager and vice president of marketing at Quantum Corporation, a manufacturer of data storage devices and systems. He earned a BA in economics from Yale University, an MBA from Stanford University, and a PhD in business administration from Berkeley Haas.




The InterTradeIreland All Island Innovation Programme

The All-Island Innovation Programme is funded by InterTradeIreland which aims to promote and encourage innovation across the island of Ireland. A series of free innovation lectures, seminars and masterclasses are held throughout the year to share international best practice in areas of innovation. The Programme is delivered in partnership with InterTradeIreland, Queen’s University Belfast, NUI Galway, Dublin City University and University College Cork.


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