Prof. Shaofeng Liu, University of Plymouth, UK
Dr. Shaofeng Liu is a Full Professor of Operations Management and Decision Making at University of Plymouth, UK. She is currently the Associate Head of School for Research and Innovation for Plymouth Business School. Her main research interests and expertise are in product and service value chain management, knowledge management, decision support systems, business digitalization and e-commerce. She obtained her PhD degree from Loughborough University, UK. She has undertaken a great number of influential research projects funded by UK research councils and European Commission with a total value of over €40M. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator for three Horizon 2020 projects funded by European Commission. She has published over 180 peer-reviewed research papers and 2 books. She sits on the Management Board for Euro Working Group on Decision Support Systems, an international professional society dedicated to decision making and decision support systems. She has been the Senior Editor and Associate Editor for a number of international journals. For more details, please refer to her professional website: http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/sliu1
Title: Agri-food Business Digitalisation: Virtual Knowledge Networks and Global Communities of Practice
Abstract: Business world has been transformed by emerging technologies. We have now entered a brand new era of business digitalisation. E-business is the organised effort of individuals and organisations to produce and sell products and services that satisfy consumers’ needs by using digital technologies. Digital technologies such as Internet of Things have opened up new commercial opportunities in unforeseen pace. In the context of agri-food industry, benefited from e-business, consumers can now get food delivered straight to their doors without visiting supermarkets, local convenience shops or open-market stores, let alone meeting any producers or whole-sellers. More extraordinarily, the food on ordinary consumers’ tables can be coming from all around the world and without having to be restricted by local or regional seasons.
This talk will discuss two intertwined emerging techniques that underpin today’s agri-food e-business: virtual knowledge networks and global communities of practice. A real case study is taken from an EU Horizon 2020 project, RUC-APS (standing for Agricultural Production Systems under Risk and Uncertain Condition). A holistic framework for agri-food e-business digitalisation will be presented for future development.
PROF. NURAN ACUR, University of Glasgow, UK
Nuran is currently Professor of Innovation Management
in the Adam Smith Business School. Nuran previously worked at
Strathclyde University (UK), Ozyegin University (Turkey), Aalborg
University (Denmark), and Bilkent University (Turkey). Nuran has also
held Visiting Scholar positions at the Sloan School of Management at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), at the London Business
School (UK) and Trinity College Dublin (Ireland).
Nuran has published award winning, theory-driven, policy - and practice - relevant articles across the fields of technology innovation, open innovation, digital innovation and innovation strategy. Exploring aspects of technological, open business collaborative models at organizations, Nuran pursues a mainly curiosity driven, yet theoretically rigorous, empirically grounded and practice-relevant, research agenda. She has published more than 60 articles and papers, edited numerous books and publications and has won several awards such as ‘Most Inspirational Conference Paper Award’ and ‘3rd Best Conference Paper Award’ by European Academy of Management Conference (2016), BAM conference Best Development Paper Award’ (2015), EmeraldLiteratiNetwork, Highly Commended Paper Award (2005), EurOMA-POMS Best Conference Paper Award (2003). She is on the editorial Boards of two respected academic journals in innovation research (Journal of Product Innovation Management and Creativity and Innovation Management). Maintaining a consistently upward trajectory of funded research projects, she has secured more than £ 2 million of research funding from: European Space Agency, Britsih Council, Global Challenge Research Found, The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), ESRC, Innovate UK, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and Scottish Enterprise. Nuran is also a sought after speaker for academic conferences and practitioners’ events. Just as importantly, she has established extensive international networks with British, European and American scientists, business people and policy makers.
Title: Managing Grand Challenges through Innovation: An Innovation Ecosystem Approach
Abstract: Digital innovation constitutes one of the most central issues in the management of the grand challenges. Recent developments in digital innovation indicate its benefits beyond boosting productivity and competitiveness; digitization may also help to address the grand challenges of including and integrating otherwise marginalized communities (e.g., poor, rural or ageing populations). Grand challenges include macro-societal problems such as healthcare, clean water, homelessness and ageing, where opportunity exists to tackle and manage same through a digital innovation. To what extend could digital technologies develop and implement to address grand challenges? The Grand Challenges provides opportunity for a greater critical mass of diverse resources to nurture the discovery digital innovation and novel solutions but also poses management challenges in co-ordination, governance and exploitation of collective efforts to impact societal benefit.