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Training the business minds of the future – week-long innovation event in Dundee Business School

13 March 2013

Tomorrow’s business leaders take a major step forward this week with a week-long innovation event – bringing major companies into the University of Abertay Dundee to work directly with students.

Innovation for Global Growth features senior managers from major firms including Axeon, Cairndene, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Harris Tweed, Heineken, Michelin and Stoneridge Electronics, each working directly with students to develop their business innovation skills.

Over four days the students will be mentored in process innovation, product innovation, marketing innovation and organisational innovation, all with a view to improving their practical skills – and boosting Scotland’s innovation potential.

Research from the European Commission (the Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012) found Scotland to be a ‘follower’ rather than a ‘leader’ in business innovation – with levels of innovation falling between 2009 and 2011.

Particularly large falls were reported in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) innovating in-house and collaborating with others, two key parts of developing an innovation economy.

Charlie Malone, event leader from Abertay University’s Dundee Business School, said: “Innovation is the main driver of economic growth for a modern economy, and research has suggested Scotland needs another 5,000 innovating companies to draw level with other European regions.

“By bringing business experts from major companies like Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Heineken and Michelin into Abertay University to work directly with students, we’re challenging these future business leaders to think about how to innovate – and how to solve the complex problems facing companies and the economy.”
Professor Sabine Hotho, Head of Dundee Business School, said: ““At Dundee Business School we are transforming business education. What makes us distinctive is our focus on business and management education that links the classroom with practice to address real business challenges.

“By bringing leading companies into our classroom we’re encouraging these experts and our students to develop solutions that drive business innovation and growth, in Scotland and internationally.”

Over the week, all postgraduate teaching in Dundee Business School is being replaced with a series of morning and afternoon workshops, each led by an industry mentor.


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