Archivo del June, 2014

Taking research from Academy to Business: ESADE 10th Research Day debate

How to make managers interested in academic research? What expect private funds when they pay for academic research? Should researchers focus on concrete company problems to attract their funds? These are some of the questions proposed at the 10th ESADE Research Day, celebrated yesterday at the EGarage and with the relation between academy and business as the main topic.

The debate was opened by Dr. Lluís Comelles, Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation of the Universitat Ramon Llull, Alfons Sauquet, dean of ESADE Business School and Jonathan Wareham, Vice-Dean of Research at ESADE. They agreed on highlighting the great pace taken by ESADE researchers and the challenge of attracting more private funds in a context of crisis and public spending shortage.

The first workshop of the day was about private fundraising and the best way to attract companies to finance academic research. Ignasi Carreras, director of the ESADE Institute for Social Innovation, Esther Gimenez Salinas, Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at ESADE Faculty of Law, Iñaki Irisarri, Associate Director of corporate Relations and Fundraising at the ESADE Foundation, Ian McLoughlin, Director of Career Services at ESADE Business School and Albert Serra, Director of the Institute for Public Governance and Management at ESADE, exposed their experience in private fundraising and debated on the need of understanding the companies point of view on research.

The second workshop, preceded by Jon Bárcena’s speech  about breaking cultural barriers between researchers and managers from its experience as partner at Accenture, presented ESADE professors Thomas Maak, Roberto Ragozzino, Marco Bertini and Ivanka Visnjic, joined by Jonathan Wareham. With the participation of the public, they debated on how to make academic research more attractive for managers.

The day was closed by Sergio Llebaría, Vice-Dean for Research at the Faculty of Law at ESADE.

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Open Innovation Toolkit ready for SSL-erate partners

One of the key points of the SSL-erate project is its adoption of Open Innovation to foster implementation of LED lighting and promote green business. This is one of the main contributions of ESADE professors participating in the project, Wim Vanhaverbeke and Henry Chesbrough, who first proposed Open Innovation concept in 2003.

Now, project partners and companies interested in developing new applications of SSL technology have a Toolkit to improve their performance and promote their creativity through collaboration. The development of this toolkit was one of the first steps of the project and the base for further collaboration and research.

The Toolkit, that is still a first version and will be reviewed and improved by partners involved, starts outlining the objectives of the SSL-erate project and defining the Open Innovation concept, also exposing its advantages and disadvantages and offering an example of successful application.

“Companies or organizations that participate in Open Innovation may face several challenges or problems”, alerts the Toolkit before offering some guidelines to improve management and focus efforts on exploring the advantages of these practices.

Therefore, the Toolkit deals with issues like relationships and cohesion, trust between partners and how to create a climate that permits creativity. On a more structural side, the Toolkit makes recommendations about selection of appropriate partners, contractual agreements and strategy and goals of collaboration.

Focusing on the practical problems organizations and companies may have to face, the Toolkit develops each issue with a brief introduction and a checklist of questions to take into consideration for a successful collaboration.

The Toolkit has been edited by Marc Steen from TNO with the collaboration of Pepijn Vos, Joyce Zwartkruis, Reine Karlsson, Håkan Lagerquist and Wim Vanhaverbeke, from the IIK at ESADE.

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KIC InnoEnergy start-ups at BIZ Barcelona

The KIC Innoenergy space at BIZ Barcelona

Two of the KIC InnoEnergy’s supported ventures, Nnergix and Tecnoturbines, participated last week at BIZ Barcelona fair, attended by more than 12.000 visitors interested in entrepreneurship and business solutions.

Both companies, based at ESADE Creapolis, were accompanied by a KIC InnoEnergy Iberia delegation, who shared its space at the fair and helped them to promote their business and get in contact with potential investors, clients and other entrepreneurs.

Ramón Molera, Co-Founder of Nnergix, and Josep-Miquel Torregrossa, Business Creation Officer at KIC InnoEnergy Iberia participated in a conference titled “Barcelona loves enterpreneurs”, where they spoke on the services that KIC InnoEnergy offers in the area of business creation.

Nnergix has developed a service to forecast renewable energy production and offers data mining for energy markets. On it’s side, Tecnoturbines develops innovative microturbines for small-scale energy generation.


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Henry Chesbrough awarded Honorary Doctorate at Universitat de Vic

Henry Chesbrough holding its Honorary Doctorate next to Jordi Montaña, UVIC’s rector. Image:UVIC

Henry Chesbrough, member of the institute of Innovation and Knowledge Management at ESADE, received on the 22th of may an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Vic – Central Catalonia University for its research on innovation and entrepreneurship, especially for its Open Innovation concept.

After receiving the honorary title, Chesbrough defined Open Innovation as “greater use of external ideas and technology in a business’s innovation process. Likewise, open innovation encourages businesses to allow their own unused internal ideas and technology out for others to use in their innovation processes”. This concept, coined by Chesbrough, has been widely embraced throughout Europe and the world.

For the innovation expert, receiving this recognition is a great honour. “I have been coming to Barcelona for nearly a decade. This honorary degree shows that Catalans are paying attention to new theories of innovation”, he said.

Chesbrough was also invited to participate in the International Advisory Board the university is preparing to promote its international reputation.

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