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OPPRG Annual Lecture 2021 - The role of municipalities (and management academics) in catalysing innovation

When: Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Online, Zoom

Speaker: Professor Rick Delbridge

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The OPPRG Research centre invites you to attend their annual lecture on Wednesday 14 April from 5:30pm-7pm on Zoom, with a presentation by Rick Delbridge, Professor of Organizational Analysis at Cardiff Business School on The role of municipalities (and management academics) in catalysing innovation: the Cardiff Capital Region Challenge Fund.


In this presentation Rick will reflect on his experiences as part of an inter-disciplinary team designing and delivering the CCR Challenge Fund in collaboration with the Cardiff Capital Region. The presentation will both reflect on the initiative as an example of the challenge approach to public innovation and local economic development and its context as a city deal-led project within the regional and national context of Wales and the implications for devolution and UK innovation policy. Rick will also consider his motivation for getting involved in a context where people are increasingly questioning the (lack of) ‘real-world’ roles played by management scholars while academics at the end of their careers appear to be having regrets about spending their time in the ‘theory cave’.