The full day workshop will be held in the Technology Innovation Centre at Birmingham City University, on 19th March 2009.
View the full agenda (pdf, 91kb).
What will the workshop cover?
This workshop has been organised as part of the Observatory’s role in supporting the West Midlands and local partners as they seek to steer the regional economy through these difficult times.
As part of the State of the Region 2009 project, the Observatory has commisisoned leading academics to outline their views on the key challenges that face the West Midlands in terms of innovation. The results of their work will be presented at this workshop and delegates will have the opportunity to contribute to the discussions and inform future research.
How do I register?
Evette Jayatilake, Administrator
Innovating during a recession
The current economic recession has brought into sharp focus the vulnerabilities that exist across national and regional economies. Recent economic growth, driven principally by the services – financial, property and business, public sector and consumer focused services – has stalled and a prolonged period of contraction is underway.
It is at these points in the cycles of economic change that innovation has a fundamental role in shaping the future course of economic growth. While the immediate response by firms may be to seek short term efficiencies through reduced investment and innovation activity, history proves that those that emerge the strongest are those that are the most adaptive.
About the keynote speaker
Patrick Harris is formerly Director of Creativity for the Orange Group. Working for the executive board, Patrick co-designed and managed the corporate strategic thinktank that underpinned the company’s group-wide strategy during the octane-fuelled period of 1998–2002.