Brown Bag Lunch: Recent insights in innovation thinking

Professor Jim Utterback, MIT Sloan School of Management

We are pleased to invite our contacts in the technology related industry and academic environment to listen and exchange experiences with guestspeaker James (Jim) Utterback, Professor of Management and Innovation and professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management  at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Jim Utterback will be in Leuven to receive a honorary doctoral degree from the KU Leuven as part of the inaugural Leuven International Forum: a premier networking and leadership event to be held in Leuven on 1 June. Seven honourees will be recognised for outstanding leadership and contributions in the fields of politics, culture, sports, innovation and research.
More information can be found via this link.


Prof. Utterback  wants to give his view on and share with the audience recent insights in innovation thinking, based on his long time experience.

Professor James (Jim) Utterback is one of the pioneers of innovative research and spin-off businesses. Since the early 80's he has published extensively on the phenomenon of academic spin-offs. His research is among the most cited in the field of innovation and technology transfer. His later research focuses on how new scientific findings are transformed into technological applications and eventually find their way to the market and business. He is one of the pioneers of the Technology & Innovation Management research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the MIT Industrial Liaison Office, which has since become an international role model for cooperation between universities and industry. His work has strongly influenced KU Leuven's own activities in the field of technology transfer and innovation, inspiring KU Leuven's technology transfer office, Leuven Research & Development.


  • 12h00 : Welcome participants (drinks and sandwiches available)
  • 12h30:  Introduction by prof. Koen Debackere, former student of Professor Utterback
  • 12h45 : Recent insights in innovation thinking by prof. Jim Utterback
  • 13h30 : Questions and answers
  • 14h00:  End of the session

Practical details

Date: Monday June 4, 2012 (from 12h00 to 14h00) 
Location: The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven (Conference 1 room)


Participation is free but registration is required. Limited places and priority to Leuven.Inc members.
Registrations  before 29 May 2012, preferably via the online registration form (use the "Register" button) or by e-mail to admin@leuveninc.com

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