Upcoming event: Taste of Knowledge, 30 November 2012

The Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) strives to build learning environments in which participants are challenged to further develop their ability to reflect on work experience and to translate these reflections into action.

In order to give professionals and organizations a chance to get a taste of what the school has to offer, SBE organizes “Taste of Knowledge” events twice a year.

The next Taste of Knowledge event will take place on 30 November 2012 with the  following programme:

13.15 – 14.00 hrs Introduction and opening

14.00 – 17.00 hrs Seminars

17.00 hrs Conclusion of the programme with informal reception

The themes of this 6th edition are:

1. Innovation in Business Services (by Prof. dr. Paul Iske, English)

This workshop focuses on several principles concerning (open) innovation, from a perspective of business services development, and on business model innovation.

Innovation can only prosper in a suitable climate. Some aspects of a successful innovation climate will be discussed with respect to an analogy between evolution and innovation, guided by Darwin’s principle: ‘Survival of the fittest’.

Taking calculated risks is a vital part of innovation. This makes experimenting a crucial part of innovation.

Failures are, in that sense, not only possible, but they must be accepted as significant teaching moments. According to Einstein: ‘If we knew what we were doing, we wouldn’t call it innovation’.

Therefore, serendipity (the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it) is a serious company/innovation-process in which all participants are offered the opportunity to share and analyze their own experiences and failures.

Especially in service innovation more and more combinations are made, including product-service innovations (like Apple and iTunes). Another trend is the increasing level of customer involvement in the development and delivery of services.

Next year, Maastricht University School of Business and Economics starts together with Rotterdam School of Management an executive master in business services. Within this master, business services innovation is a core topic.

Please note that this seminar is already fully booked. It is only possible to register for the waiting list.

2. Effectuation; What managers can learn from entrepreneurs (By Dr. Gert Poppe, in Dutch)

3. Risk Management for non-profit organisations (By Prof. dr. Dennis Bams, in Dutch)

4. The Euro crisis (by Prof. dr. Joan Muysken, in Dutch)


Location: Tongersestraat 53, 6211 LM Maastricht

Fee: Participation in the workshops is free of charge.

For more information and registration: Taste of Knowledge


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