I’m privileged to be able to travel to conferences — literally around the world — to see and talk with speakers who have done research on some areas in management that I find interesting, or who have written a book or some articles.
Since 1998, I’ve been posted digests — personal notes, taken in real time during the meeting — on the Systemic Business web site, and on the ISSS web site. We’ve recently migrated the latter web site to a more modern architecture (Drupal), but sadly, the Systemic Business web site was static content and a chore to maintain.
Since I’ve had some catch-up time at home, I’m now happy to announce the Coevolving Innovations digests. Working down the backlog, I’ve posted four digests:
- Service Engineering and Management Summer School 2006 (Helsinki University of Technology, August 28 – September 2, 2006)
- HUT/TKK has some of the world’s leaders in researching services. I came to this conference both in a role associated with my day job, and as a Ph.D. student. (I’ll be attending the 2007 version this fall).
- Services Science, Management and Engineering “Education for the 21st Century” Conference (IBM Executive Conference Center, Palisades, NY, October 6-7, 2006)
- IBM Academic Initiatives and the Services Research team at the Almaden Research Center brought together researchers from around the world to talk about what they’re doing to change their education programs for the new economy. I was there in support the Rendez research project, with Taina Tukiainen giving a talk on the Master’s Programme in Industrial Management at Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia.
- UC Berkeley – Tekes Innovation in Services Conference (Haas School of Business, Berkeley, California, April 26-28, 2007)
- In contrast to the Palisades educational agenda, the Berkeley event was mostly oriented towards researchers. Henry Chesbrough led the event, and had David Teece as the lead-in speaker. Following the Services Science, Management and Engineering agenda, I was the closest member of the Rendez research team to Berkeley, so I was elected to attend.
- Rotman School Lifelong Learning Conference (Four Season Hotel, Toronto, June 1, 2007)
- I’ve attended other Rotman events in the past, but this one had exceptionally great speakers: Thomas Stewart (intellectual capital), Howard Gardner (multiple intelligences) and Ellen Langer (mindfulness). I’m an alumnus of the U. of Toronto B. Comm. program, so I get a few privileges.
I have MP3 audio recordings of these talks — contact me for a link, and I’ll point you to the private server in my basement. The digests are more helpful as a quick read, and/or to gauge whether you really want to spend the time to listen to the digital audio in real time.