Open Seminar: Innovation in Practice – The Grundfos Example

On 18 November, Lars Enevoldsen, Group Vice President for Global Research & Technology at Grundfos, will provide examples of lessons learned with regard to strategic innovation at Grundfos. Furthermore, there will be ample opportunity for a debate between the business community, researchers and students.

By Daniel Jørgensen

On Friday 18 November, Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences will arrange a seminar on innovation management. This time, the keynote speaker will be Lars Enevoldsen, Group Vice President for Global Research & Technology at Grundfos. He will give the presentation The Grundfos Example; Radical Innovation within the Core Organization: Strategy, Governance and Working Methods.

- Grundfos is a world leader in its field. But this is only because the company has been incredibly successful in remaining innovative – not only in terms of product development but also in terms of organisational structure and design, says Lars Frederiksen, innovation researcher and one of the initiators of the seminar.

After Lars Enevoldsen’s presentation, which will briefly be reflected on, the participants will have the opportunity to take part in an open debate.

Debate between researchers and business community

This is the second seminar in a series of seminars entitled Practitioners in Innovation. The aim of the seminars is to create a platform for dialogue, knowledge sharing and new partnerships at the intersection between business, research and students. The platform seeks to be an inspiration to researchers as well as entrepreneurs, policy makers and small and medium-sized companies.

- In addition to introducing students to the field of innovation and innovation management, we hope that some researchers will choose to participate in the seminar, so that we can have a broader debate. Companies often say that researchers tend to focus on the wrong components, mechanisms and dynamics; and researchers complain when companies ignore the results of their research, says Lars Frederiksen.

Over the past several years, Lars Enevoldsen has been heavily involved in the innovation activities at Grundfos. He was also responsible for the establishment of Grundfos’ development department in China.

- This is indeed very interesting. Suddenly we see that some companies are moving their knowledge-intensive departments out of the country, while other companies are moving their production units back home. It seems as if companies are making some illogical restructuring decisions. But it may be possible to learn more about this particular matter by participating in the seminar, says Lars Frederiksen.

Time and place

Everyone is welcome to participate in the seminar, which will take place on Friday 18 November 2011 at 15.00-17.00, in auditorium M1, building M, Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V.

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15:00: Welcome – introduction by Lars Frederiksen
15:10: Presentation by Lars Enevoldsen, Grundfos
15:50: Professor Poul H. Andersen, Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences, among others, will reflect on the presentation
16:00: Debate and comments from the audience
16:30-: Networking and refreshments

Further information:

Lars Frederiksen, Visiting Research Fellow

Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences
Department of Business Administration

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