Professor Jon Sundbo, who heads the Innovation in service and experience institute at Roskilde University, has received the international researcher award “Lifelong achievements and contributions to service-related research.
The award is given by the international research association “European Association for Research on Services” (RESER). The award is given to researchers who have done particular outstanding and prolonged international work within research in service and service-business.
The award is given to Jon Sundbo, due to his work within service research, especially his highly cited publications and his efforts to gather international research groups.
Jon Sundbos interdisciplinary approach to service and service-business was also highlighted.
The award was handed over at the yearly RESER conference on the 12th of September in Helsinki.
The GRO initiative has an important value, because it exemplifies how it is possible to draw on a variety of different actors in society such as university, public and business. In order to try to achieve a common goal of creating a strategy for growth and jobs in the future. In order to carry out such a strategy, there must exist a living and dynamic network, in which businesses and people help each other and themselves to develop and innovate their business.
As described in the ‘Vision’ blogpost, researchers from Roskilde University suggest, that the strategy for regional Zealand’s food sector, should focus on the specialized gastronomic experience sector. This strategy begins in the experience economy, where you cook less food yourself, order on the internet, buy finished meals and visit restaurants and cantinas. Initially this may stir some general thoughts concerning the quality of ready meals and restaurant foods, compared to what you may cook at home. There is however, according to this research, plenty of healthy and environmentally conscious foods currently being produced in animal friendly ways.
Green Regional Food Experiences (GRO) is the translated name for ‘Grønne Regionale madOplevelser’ or ‘GRO’. GRO is a project which aims create growth in the Zealand region in Denmark, by innovating and educating within the food sector. GRO is a concerted effort to create business opportunities, development and growth through new ways of thinking about the food sector. The Innovation in Service and Experience research group at Roskilde University played an influential role in determining which areas have the most potential. Jon Sundbo who works within experience economy research, has been the leading spokesman on behalf of the ISE group and has been involved in the release of a new handbook.
A new research paper by Ada Scupola looks at Company Innovation Culture, and how a method such as Enterprise Crowdsourcing can be valuable for improving an organizations innovation culture. Crowdsourcing draws on the collective intelligence of the crowd to collect new ideas for innovation purposes. Crowdsourcing has the potential to influence the innovation culture, and this potential is examined from a case-oriented perspective in this paper, the case is an engineering consulting firm in Denmark.
In this case, a crowdsourcing platform called “Idébørsen” (“Idea-exchange”) was used to facilitate innovation ideas within the company. This crowdsourcing platform gave employees the possibility of raising their own voice and listening to their colleagues voices. The crowdsourcing platform provided an outlet for innovation ideas, that was previously not available due to the organizational hierarchy. It broke with traditional project-related innovation processes and was therefore able to explore new possibilities for innovation within this company.
How was this received in the company and what value can this have for an organization?
Prof. Antonello Zanfei from Urbino University, Italy will be visiting the ISE research group sponsored by Velux Foundation from the 27th of May to the 20th of June 2014. Prof. Zanfei will give a talk entitled “The role of technology, organization and contextual factors in the development of e-Government services in Italy” in relation to ISE meeting 3rd of June 12.00 – 14.00.
For further info please contact Ada Scupola, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are currently joined by guest PhD student Marit Engen from Lillehammer University College at Roskilde University in the Innovation in Service and Experience research group, until the 30th of May.
Marit’s research focuses on innovation processes in service organizations. The PhD project is in particular looking at frontline employees’ role and contribution in these innovation processes.
How do people engage in innovation processes? How do they act and why do they act? What could follow from these innovative actions? These are some of the questions, that Marit seeks to answer in her research within Service Innovation.