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Innovation: An Inaugural Lecture by Professor Helen Shipton

Professor Helen Shipton presented an inaugural lecture at Nottingham Business School.

Helen Shipton
Professor Helen Shipton

Leading to innovate and innovating to lead: Barriers, enablers and opportunities

Achieving innovation is probably the most pressing challenge facing organisations as they deal with competitive pressures, ever more demanding consumers and technological advancements. Although innovation starts with a good idea, many factors in work environments hinder the expression of creative and innovative behaviours. An environment perceived to be overly judgmental, for example, it can simply prevent the first spark of an idea from being put forward. Leadership for creativity and innovation may hinge on two factors:

  1. An ability to draw out and reconcile heterogeneous perspectives in order to capture the diverse potential insights of followers; and
  2. A context that supports, encourages and enables individuals in their quest to enact creative and innovative behaviours.

Helen's lecture raised questions around how we can design organisations to foster creativity and innovation, and any role that leaders, as well as wider Human Resources Management (HRM) systems, might play in this. Helen concluded by highlighting opportunities for the future, as well as suggestions for next steps.

About Professor Helen Shipton

Achieving innovation has become a key policy priority in the UK and elsewhere. Helen's research focuses on the way in which leaders influence employee innovative behaviours as well as the implementation aspects of HR policy and practice, i.e. how HRM systems are perceived and enacted upon by employees. Amongst ongoing projects is a global study looking at HRM, innovation and performance in countries as diverse as Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Indonesia and Tanzania. Helen has published widely in leading peer-reviewed journals such as Human Resource Management (forthcoming), International Journal of HRM, Journal of Organizational Behaviour, Journal of Management Inquiry, Journal of International Business Studies and Human Resource Management Journal.

Helen is Principal Investigator for an ESRC-funded seminar series focused on HRM and innovation drawing on cutting-edge insights from top scholars as well as senior policy bodies such as the CIPD and the CBI. A special issue with Human Resource Management Journal, and an edited book entitled HRM, Innovation and Performance are underway and linked with the series. Helen was delighted to be elected member of Council of the British Academy of Management in September 2012 and as a member of the capacity building group looks forward to progressing a raft of initiatives over the next two to three years.

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Innovation: An Inaugural Lecture by Professor Helen Shipton

Published on 9 July 2014
  • Category: Nottingham Business School

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