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26 March 2020

POSTPONED: KIN Innovation Summit 2020

Free Event • Registration Required

This year’s Summit focuses on how successful disruptors make innovation happen. Building on the success of last year’s edition on "The future of Work", we will ask: how can you imagine a different future? How do you reinvent an organisation around a new business model? How do you make innovation happen and stick?

Come and learn from authors who imagine the future for a living; from leading academics who have researched and consulted some of the biggest disrupting organizations in the world; and from companies that use innovation processes to put humans on Mars, make cities more sustainable and workplaces more liveable and productive.

Live the Dream

Nick Harkaway – Science Fiction writer

Nick will start the Summit with a talk relating to how he creates totally new environments using his imagination. Nick will talk about how to make stories and story worlds, and about how we all end up living in the dream: the real world as reimagined by people like novelists, designers, politicians and technologists. We know that ideas change - and build - the world, so what does that mean for those of us whose job is to come up with them? What are the boundaries and ethics of dreaming the next big thing? And what is it?

Why Mavericks Matter

Loizos Heracleous, Professor of Strategy, Warwick Business School

Loizos will talk about the strategic evolution of NASA and then go in more detail on the "pirates" and their role in innovation for the new mission control in the face of organisational and cultural resistance. How do managers cope with mavericks?

Collaboration and Innovation, Sending Nasa Into Space

Carlos Westhelle, Chief Technology Officer, NASA Johnson Space Center

Carlos will explain how innovation works at NASA, how NASA builds collaborative teams to accelerate innovation, why this is so important and how leadership acts as a catalyst.

From Open Innovation to Open Strategy

Christian Stadler, Professor of Strategic Management, Warwick Business School

Christian will be discussing why secrecy is no longer a backbone of strategy. Barclays, The US Navy, and BASF are just a few examples of organizations that started to open up their strategy development process to let in technologists, customers, front-line employees and even competitors. Doing so, they readied themselves for big disruptions.

The rise of the platform business model, breaking the definition of the Corporate

Pinar Ozcan, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Saïd Business School, Oxford University

Pinar’s topic will be digital disruption and the rise of platform business models which require collaboration across organisations. Pinar will be focusing on examples from mobile payments, applications, sharing economy, and banking. 

Innovation across cultures

Lucy Caffery, Head of Product Management, National Physical Laboratory

A journey through innovation in very different corporate cultures. Experiences of the impact of company culture on the success of innovative teams, products, skills and staff motivations. Whether start-up, corporate giant or public sector organisation, there are common aspects of innovation that hold true regardless, and many learnings to be had from bringing experiences from one culture into another.    


The day is specifically aimed at innovation strategists, internal innovation catalysts and institutional disruptors. Open minded managers who are interested to learn how they can make innovation happen in their organizations are also very welcome.

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KIN membership notice

KIN Corporate member organisations have 4 free places at this event. Registration for the KIN Innovation Summit is through your organisation's KIN Key Contact. If you do not know who this is, contact

KIN Business member organisations have 1 free place at this event and can add 2 further Pay As You Go (PAYG) places at a cost of £890 per person.

Due to the nature of the network and the sensitive nature of our discussions we need all participants to become a member of KIN. Your first event as a KIN PAYG delegate, at a cost of £890, will not include your membership fee but if you feel you would like to join the Network you will be charged a £100 membership fee with your next event.

If you are interested in attending this event please contact

// With

  • Debbie Lawley, KIN facilitator.
  • Author Nick Harkaway
  • Chief Technology Officer, NASA Johnson Space Center Chief, Carlos Westhelle
  • Professor of Strategic Management, WBS, Christian Stadler
  • Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Said, Pinar Ozcan
  • Professor of Strategy, WBS, Loizos Heracleous


// Where

Reception area, 17th Floor, The Shard
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// When

Thursday 26 March 2020, 09:00 - 17:30

// Contact
024 765 23914

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