Australian Innovation Research Centre

Research Week 2016

Research Week 2016

For Research Week 2016, AIRC will  be presenting the results of our recent survey on Management and Service Innovations in Australian and New Zealand Universities.

The Australian Innovation Research Centre (AIRC) at University of Tasmania and the LH Martin Institute, University of Melbourne have collaborated in undertaking a world-first survey on managerial and administrative innovations in 39 Australian and 6 New Zealand universities. Responses were obtained from 573 senior managers.

The presentation covers results on the types of strategies that assist these types of innovations (‘what works’) and the factors that are linked to abandoned or underperforming innovations (‘what doesn’t work’). A significant factor in both outcomes is whether or not the senior executive “support a positive innovation culture that includes all professional staff”. Other important factors include the use of collaboration and ‘design-thinking’ or ‘co-creation’ methods to innovate. The presentation is designed for all audiences and will be of interest to anyone that is active in universities or other types of public sector organisations.

Professor Anthony Arundel will present results from the survey on Thursday, 1st September, starting at 3.00pm in the Harvard Lecture Theatre, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay.

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For more information about other events being held as part of Research Week 2016 visit the Research Week website.

Further information about this project including the report of preliminary results and a copy of Professor Anthony Arundel's presentation are available here.