Innovation has become the utopian dream for many organisations. Professor Simon Bolton’s Inaugural Lecture will discuss whether innovation actually exists or whether it has just become an interchangeable byword for creativity, growth and change. In doing so, Simon will examine the paradigm shift in innovation and entrepreneurial practices, the battle for methodological supremacy within the innovation and entrepreneurial landscape and the impact of the misuse of language on the successful adoption of innovation in organisations.
Simon will contextualize the discussion by sharing a personal experience as a former industrial designer to an innovation specialist; from practitioner to an academic over a 30-year career.
Professor Simon Bolton joined Edge Hill University in 2016 as Associate Dean of Enterprise and Employability and Professor of Innovation. He is an internationally acclaimed designer, practice-led researcher and innovation consultant specialising in helping organisations to improve and develop their innovation capabilities and business performance. Simon co-developed the ‘Pinch Pull Bag Dispensing Unit’ used in Tesco and Sainsbury’s by over 10 million people a week. In 2012 Procter and Gamble awarded him a Global Business Development Partnership Award for outstanding contribution to their global innovation practices. Simon is also Visiting Professor of Creative Consumer Insight at the Central University of Finance and Economics, China and at the Universidad Icesi, Columbia.
- 5.30pm – Arrival and refreshments
- 6.00pm – Lecture and Q&A
- 7.15pm – Wine and canapés