Company takeover: How does it affect innovation?

How has DuPont's takeover of Danisco changed the practical and strategic approach to innovation? Hans Elbek Pedersen, Senior Vice President, Danisco/DuPont, will provide insights into this intriguing question when he visits Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences on Friday 21 September.

2012.09.06 | Mia Balle Laursen

Yet another valuable seminar on innovation management is added to the seminar series ’Practitioners in Innovation’ about innovation management. On 21 September Hans Elbek Pedersen, Senior Vice President (SAFI Innovation DuPont Nutrition and Health) presents at the fifth seminar in the series. This time focus is directed to the important issue: How has DuPont's takeover affected innovation in Danisco?

- Danisco was quite successful in terms of innovation before the takeover. Therefore, it will be interesting to learn about how DuPont has developed and exploited this, says Lars Frederiksen, Professor of Innovation Management at Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences, and one of the initiators behind the seminar. He continues:

-  Before the takeover, Danisco excelled, among other things, in the development of new products and compounds, and the takeover has therefore offered DuPont the opportunity of leveraging the ongoing innovation as well as linking it more closely to the company's existing activities in order to generate valuable advantages.

Hans Elbek Pedersen's seminar is entitled ’DuPont’s takeover of Danisco – part of the future innovation towards feeding a growing world’. The seminar series ‘Practitioners in Innovation’ aims to create a platform for dialogue, knowledge sharing and new partnerships in the cross field between research, the business community and students. The next seminar in the series takes place on Friday 12 October and features a presentation by Erik Hansen, Senior Director, Technology & Open Innovation, Lego. 

Time and place:
The seminar is open to everyone and is held on Friday 21 September 2012, from 15:00-17:00, in lecture hall M1, building M, Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V.


15:00: Welcome and introduction by Lars Frederiksen

15:10: Presentation by Hans Elbek Pedersen, Senior Vice President, SAFI Innovation DuPont Nutrition and Health

15:50: Reflections on the presentation by Morten Rask, Associate Professor of International Business, Department of Business Administration, Business and Social Sciences

16:00: Discussion and comments from the audience 

16:30-: Networking and refreshments



Lars Frederiksen, Professor in Innovation Management
Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences
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