IDEAS at Daresbury

Collaboration for Innovation in Knowledge Exchange

The IDEAS programme aimed at improving and maintaining economic performance of participating businesses by delivering new and specifically tailored knowledge to 40 high-tech SMEs situated at Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus and its wider network of companies in the region and incite the exchange of knowledge between companies.

This was achieved through a close collaboration and sharing of expertise between three leading universities in the North of the UK: Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester business and management schools and ImaginationLancaster, the creative research and design lab at Lancaster University.


While the whole programme comprised three series of workshops, the last workshop series, Beyond Networking, consisted of five workshops that were centred around topics related to the innovation process like effective network management and creative methods to improve invention capabilities.


As part of the IDEAS programme for business engagement, during the Beyond Networking workshop series, innovative methods and mechanisms for knowledge exchange were explored, developed and implemented.

Project Team

CruickshankCruickshank Leon Cruickshank Open Design and Innovation, User Centred and User-Led Design, Interactive Design, Technology and Society, Design Methodology, Design Theory and Philosophy
HerfurthHerfurth Lorenz Herfurth Innovation, Knowledge Exchange, Design Research, Design Management for Sustainability, Design Thinking
WhithamWhitham Roger Whitham Human-Computer Interaction, Collaboration, Tools, Visualisation, Virtual Work Environments, Facilitation

Updates

Innovation in the Exchange of Knowledge Exchange

Innovation in the Exchange of Knowledge Exchange

Engaging with the EUs experts in meta-knowledge exchange (to knowledge exchange to and between knowledge experts), we find exciting areas to collaborate.

My colleague Tom Clark from (the Storey Creative Industries Centre) and I have just spent the last two days in a seminar run by Interact EU...Read full update

Spreading the Net - ImaginationLab with Senior Managers from Huddersfield University

Spreading the Net - ImaginationLab with Senior Managers from Huddersfield University

Building on the ImaginationNets approach to promoting innovation through networks we developed and delivers this workshop and toolkit in a the Imagination facilitation space.

ImaginationNets is a series of tools we have developed over the past 3 years, and in particular with the IDEAS...Read full update

The Innovation Dimension: Designing in a Broader Context

OutcomeJournal Paper

The term “innovation” has become increasingly prominent in debates in government policy through the establishment of the new UK government department, Department for Innovation, Universities, and Skills (DIUS) and through reports such as “Innovation Nation.”1 National funding bodies, such as...More information

High-Tempo Innovation

High-Tempo Innovation

Like an elastic band, I keep returning to issues around innovation. I am in the process of writing a large bid (with many other academics) about the Digital Economy and we want to talk about innovation without repeating the rather stale, well-trampled ground of open innovation, user focused bah blah...Read full update

Innovation vs. Design

Innovation vs. Design

There are many people, even colleagues who talk about innovation without any relationship to design at all (literary examples of this include the 600 page Oxford Handbook of Innovation and the 500 page Diffusion of Innovation) in this world innovation is a function of business activity.

There...Read full update

Workshop Series: Next Generation Sustainability in Civil Engineering

Workshop Series: Next Generation Sustainability in Civil Engineering

Embedding new sustainability thinking into day-to-day activities of civil engineering can result in substantial social, economic and environmental benefits for all stakeholders, but, to date, sustainability in consulting engineering is still more of a reactive activity than a proactive one. Through...Read full update

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