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29 January 2020

Why Corporate Entrepreneurship is essential!

Free Event • Registration Required

There has been much mention of Corporate Entrepreneurship over the past few years. What exactly is Corporate Entrepreneurship and more importantly, why is Corporate Entrepreneurship essential and can it impact performance?

We look to consider these questions from both a scholarly and practitioner viewpoint.

We will address this topic from both viewpoints, and examine these questions collectively through an expert panel and audience Q and A session.


1730 Registration, refreshments and networking

1800 Welcome (Professor John Lyon, WBS)

1805 Professor James Hayton, ProDean (External Relations), WBS

1845 Sophia Nadur, Marketing & Innovation Director, Advanced Mobility Unit BP plc

1905 Andy Elphick, Innovation Execution Director, Barclays Rise

1925 Q & A Panel

1945 Networking and refreshments

2030 Close & Depart

Speaker Biogs:

James Hayton, Pro-Dean (External Affairs) & Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, WBS.

James' research focuses on how human resource management practices foster organizations' capacity for entrepreneurship and strategic renewal. In a second stream he focuses on the influence of cultural and psychological factors on entrepreneurial behavior. His research has been published in scholarly outlets such as the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Human Resource Management, Organizational Research Methods, Multivariate Behavioral Research, R&D Management and several other journals and books.James serves as Editor-in-Chief at Human Resource Management, included in the Financial Times shortlist of influential management journals. He is also an Editor at Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, and a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management Studies, Human Resource Management Review, and the Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, and an active member of the Academy of Management. In 2009, he received a Distinguished Service Award from the Human Resources Division.

Andy Elphick, Innovation Execution Director, Barclays Rise

Responsible for identifying and developing innovative products and or solutions to problem statements by using Design Led Thinking techniques with groups of up to 80. Working with FinTechs across our global ecosystem to identify solutions to solve these problem statements. Leading Intrapreneurship across the group including development of a framework to support colleagues to develop their ideas and where commercially viable help them to spin out of the bank. Management of relationships with business stakeholders, FinTechs, government bodies, universities and industry partners. Regularly speaking internally and externally on disruption and open innovation. Host the Rise Radio podcast.

Sophia Nadur, Marketing & Innovation Director, Advanced Mobility Unit, BP PLC.

At BP, she is helping to create consumer-focused businesses that enable more sustainable movement of people, goods, & services using EVs, CAVs, and related transport-linked tech platforms. The tech is cool – really cool - but she cares more about what the tech can enable to help democratise advanced mobility services and delight cities & citizens. Through focusing on understanding deeply met/unmet needs and then translating them into (branded) mobility products and services, she believes it will nudge more folks to adopt EVs and new cleaner transport modes. She sits on the AMU Leadership Team. Before BP, she worked for 25+ years as a global marketer & innovator in the consumer goods & services industry across the globe (Coca-Cola, Mars, Kraft/Mondelez, Unilever). She also ran her own award-winning startup and even found time to qualify as a lawyer (both beneficial mid-life crises). She holds a Warwick MBA as well as degrees in science (McGill) and law (London).

This event is organised by WBS CareersPlus and the Warwick Entrepreneurship Professional Network.


// Where

Lecture Theatre 0.004, WBS Scarman Road
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// When

Wednesday 29 January 2020, 18:00 - 20:30

// Contact
024 765 23810

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