R&D Management Symposium


Join us virtually in Vancouver at our R&D Management Symposium, where we will discuss and debate research, experience, and pedagogy on the theme of Invention to Innovation: Creating the Conditions for Impact.

The 2020 R&D Management Symposium will be hosted by Simon Fraser University's Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship and the SFU Beedie School of Business.

This symposium is affiliated with the R&D Management Conference, an international gathering of academics and practitioners interested in the study of research, development, technology management and innovation. The conference provides a valuable means of communication and exchange of ideas among academics and practitioners.

Date: August 4 and 5, 2020

Time: 7 a.m. ‐ 12 p.m. PDT

Thanks to the support of Fulcrum, SFU Innovates, and Discovery Foundation, registration is complimentary

Some of the topics discussed at this event include: How do we create innovation policy, educational programs, mentorship and accelerators to enable more breakthrough science to move beyond university labs and make positive impact in the world? What can universities, research institutes, hospitals, and innovation ecosystems do better to help solve the global problems of climate change, Covid‐19, food production, neglected diseases? How can we create more knowledge economy jobs regionally around universities? What strategies can help science‐based ventures create and capture value from university research?

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Keynote Speakers

Professor Scott Stern
MIT Sloan School of Management

Scott Stern is the David Sarnoff Professor of Management and he explores how innovation and entrepreneurship differ from more traditional economic activities, and the consequences of these differences for strategy and policy. His research in the economics of innovation and entrepreneurship focuses on entrepreneurial strategy, innovation‐driven entrepreneurial ecosystems, and innovation policy and management. Recent studies include the impact of clusters on entrepreneurship, the role of institutions in shaping the accumulation of scientific and technical knowledge, and the drivers and consequences of entrepreneurial strategy.

Stern has worked widely with practitioners in bridging the gap between academic research and the practice of innovation and entrepreneurship. This includes advising start‐ups and other growth firms in the area of entrepreneurial strategy, as well as working with governments and other stakeholders on policy issues related to competitiveness and regional performance.

Professor Ashish Arora
Duke University - Fuqua School of Business

Ashish Arora is the Rex D. Adams Professor of Business Administration at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

His research focuses on the economics of technology and technical change. Arora's research has included the study of technology intensive industries such as software, biotechnology and chemicals, the economics of information security, and the role of patents and licensing in promoting technology startups. He has studied the rise of the software industry and the pharmaceutical industry in emerging economies. His current research focuses on the management of intellectual property and licensing in corporations, and innovation based entrepreneurship.

He serves as departmental editor, Management Science, served as an editor of Research Policy between 2008 ‐ 2014, and is on the editorial board of Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Information Economics and Policy, Journal of Evolutionary Economics. In the past, he has served on advisory panels to the Secretary of Commerce, the National Academy of Sciences, and The Association for Computing Machinery.

Symposium Co-Chairs

Elicia Maine, PhD

W.J. VanDusen Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Academic Director, Invention to Innovation (i2I)
Beedie School of Business
Simon Fraser University

Dr. Sarah Lubik

Director of Entrepreneurship
Executive Director, Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship
Co-Champion, Technology Entrepreneurship @ SFU
Beedie School of Business

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