EURAM Annual Conference 2012 (June 6-8)



EURAM 12th Conference Theme: Social Innovation for Competitiveness, Organizational Performance and Human Excellence Innovation is considered to be the primary driving force of progress and prosperity. Consequently, much effort is put in developing new technological knowledge, new process technologies and products. However, evidence from both large firms and SMEs shows that successful innovation is not just the result of technological inventions, but is also heavily dependent on what has been called “social innovation”. Social innovation consists of changing a firm’s organizational form, its management principles, practices, processes and the organization of work in a way that is new to the firm and/or the industry, and results in leveraging the firm’s technological knowledge base and its performance in terms of innovation, productivity and competitiveness. 
How to enhance social innovation and its leverage of technological innovation
The aim of EURAM 2012 Conference is to discuss the various ways in which social
innovation and its leverage of technological innovation can be enhanced within a firm; between firms through open innovation networks; and during interaction with institutional stakeholders, as well as through overall better measurement and monitoring. In comparison to technological innovations, social innovations in terms of outstanding managerial capabilities, management practices and organizing principles of innovation are more difficult to assess and quantify. However, fundamental understanding of social innovation and its influence on technological innovation will increase productivity, firm competitiveness and quality of work of future generations. We invite EURAM participants to reach new understandings of social innovation and to gain new insights into the tensions felt to realise social innovation at various levels such as teams, organisations, partnerships, institutions, and countries.
The EURAM 2012 annual conference, with the theme: “Social Innovation for Competitiveness, Organisational Performance and Human Excellence” will bring together at least 5 confirmed Distinguished Keynote Speakers, along with 71 SIG related Tracks, 8 Conference General Tracks, 5 Symposia, 7 Development Working Groups and a Doctoral Colloquium.
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