Conference Focuses on Innovation

It will cover the business and technical aspects of innovation and the human factors that foster or impede it

8 July 2008

“Technological innovation alone does not always win in the market place,” says IEEE Member Chai Kah Hin, organizing committee chair of the IEEE International Conference on Management of Innovation & Technology. “It is now widely recognized that the management aspect is at least as important and that nontechnological innovation can also help organizations in the marketplace.”

The biennial conference—the fourth ICMIT—will be held 21 to 24 September in Bangkok, Thailand. It will cover the business and technical aspects of innovation and the human factors that foster or impede it. ICMIT was home grown in Singapore, conceived and operated by the Singapore Chapter of the IEEE Engineering Management Society and cosponsored by the IEEE Singapore Section and the IEEE Technology Management Council (formerly the IEEE Engineering Management Society).

The emphasis will be on global markets in an era of rapidly proliferating trade agreements and alliances between multinationals, and on the importance of innovation in an era of global competition.

CONTENT With more than 500 submitted papers, ICMIT 2008 will have six parallel session tracks covering such subjects as fostering innovation in R&D and elsewhere; knowledge management; organizational culture and dealing with country-to-country cultural differences in multinational companies; cost effectiveness; and financial benchmarks. Other topics will include supply-chain and project management, policy issues affecting innovation, business models, and other aspects of technology management.

The mix of attendees will include engineers and researchers interested in management, as well as participants without an engineering background.

OTHER ACTIVITIES IEEE Senior Member George F. Farris, editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, will present a workshop on how to get papers published in international journals like his.

“There’s been a tremendous increase in submissions from Asia,” Farris observes, “but people there are just getting familiar with what makes research publishable and what it takes to get it published in international journals.”

Pete Bonee, a partner in the venture capitalist company Insight Ventures, based in Singapore, will be a keynote speaker. He will speak on why disruptive innovation is important for growth in global markets.

Chai predicts that the increased enrollment in engineering schools in Asia as well as a growing emphasis on university research will lead to an increase in the number of papers from that continent and the number of conferences held there. That could also lead to ICMIT becoming an annual event—but only if there are enough IEEE volunteers to organize it properly. “We do not want to compromise ICMIT’s quality,” he says.

Also planned are postconference visits to the Royal Grand Palace, built in 1781, and to Thammasat University, both in Bangkok.

For more information, visit the conference website.

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