Launch of Entrepreneurial Spark

Over the last few weeks Peter, Anne and Ed (Clack) have been in contact with Jim Duffy who is CEO and Founder of the recently launched Entrepreneurial Spark.  From their Web site: “Entrepreneurial Spark™ is a not-for-profit social enterprise engine that is geared to drive entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviours in and from Scotland.”

To view an article and video of the launch in November 2011: click here. [NB Once you are at the webpage, click on the word ‘Video’ in the video box to make the video ‘live’; then ‘Play’.]

We hope to invite Jim to meet with our students in early 2012.

Wikis, Wikis and more Wikis!!!!

We have been developing innovative teaching and learning practices using Wikis for a few years now.   Anne, Pete and Keith have this year been testing  usage (of Wikis) with international students.  Recently there has been some acknowledgment of the benefits that can be gained from this popular Web 2.0 application.  Science Daily recently (3/12/2010) commented on our work: click here for more details.  We have lots of exciting examples if anyone would like to see how we have used Wikis.  Our usage has allowed us to develop some typologies such as the process Wiki, the principles Wiki and the research Wiki. We also have examples of Wikis as an assessment tool.  Wikis are a great way to improve group and team collaboration and do help monitor student contribution.

Our work with entrepreneurs has led us to develop Wikipreneurs which is funded through the RealWoRLD initiative. The plan is that the Wikipreneurs site will be live around September 2011 and will be available as a teaching tool.  Lots more to come on that one as it develops.  We are happy to disseminate our work – feel free to contact us. 

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Business Models – book

Recently I came across a book called Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur.  It provides an interesting (and readable!) take on thinking about business models across nine dimensions.  From the blurb, the book was a ‘collaborative effort involving over 400 strategy practitioners from around the world’ so some substantial co-creation there!  Click  here for more about the book, including a downloadable 72 page preview.  You can also sign up for the iPad app when it come out!

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INNOVATE Project working meeting at GCU 24-25 June

INNOVATE is a two year ERDF funded project (€2.2m) that investigates methods of increasing partner authorities’ capacity to manage and promote economic growth and consolidation of new activities in the development of the knowledge economy and creative industries in the Atlantic Area of the EU. The project consists of six partners: Glasgow Caledonian University (Glasgow, Scotland), PRIMUS (Porto, Portugal), IDS (Lisbon, Portugal), CAMARA (Seville, Spain), Agglomeration d’Economique (Pau, France), MWRA (Limerick, Ireland) and the lead partner, the City of Aviles (Aviles, Spain).

The kick-off meeting of the partners was held in Aviles, Spain on 3-4th March, 2010. The meeting consisted of the formal signing of the partnership agreement that set out the work activities for each partner. The activity allocated to Glasgow Caledonian University is to design, implement and coordinate a methodology to evaluate previous literature on regeneration programmes featuring the knowledge economy and creative industries in each of the partner regions. The activity will be led by Dr Colin Combe of the Department of Management at GCU.

Glasgow Caledonian University hosted the first INNOVATE working meeting on 24-25th June. The meeting was an opportunity for Dr Colin Combe to present a template for evaluating previous literature and to provide an overview of regeneration programmes in Scotland, particularly the Clyde Waterfront projects. Other issues discussed at the meeting included an outline model of investigation for the policy toolkit presented by Norbert Guichard (Pau, France) and budget arrangements and financial claim procedures presented by administration support partners Fernando Navia Mendez and Judit Pierero of Dex Europe. The partners were also taken on a visit to the Innovation Centre at Hillington Industrial Park where Innovation Advisor Mr Ronnie Scotland delivered a presentation on the role of innovation in regeneration and entrepreneurial activity in Scotland. The partners also enjoyed a Scottish bagpipe lesson from Dr Peter Duncan of the Department of Management.

The next meeting of the INNOVATE project is scheduled for 18-19th November 2010 in Aviles, Spain.

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New programme: MSc Management of IT Innovation

What do Amazon, Dell and Easyjet have in common?   They all make innovative and effective use of information technology (IT) to support, and drive, their business success.

In June we had a new programme approved: MSc Management of IT Innovation.  The programme will prepare students for a career in management, where their distinctive competence is an ability to identify, exploit and manage innovative and value-adding IT solutions for achieving organisational objectives.  As might be expected from its title, ‘innovation’ is a key dimension of the programme – most obviously within the Trimester 1 module ‘Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise in Markets’.  The first intake of the programme will be September 2010 (there is also the possibility of joining a January 2011 cohort).

For more details see:  Or contact Pete (Duncan) directly at

Consultancy Masterclass – a student’s view

The following piece, written by MSc Management of Information Systems student Georgianna Tsokana, gives a flavour of the Consultancy Masterclass held on 19th March 2010 (see previous post):

The presentation looked at the components and characteristics of consultancy and gave examples of implementing consultancy in several organisations.  There were tasks for the audience to ‘get them thinking’ about consultancy.  The session ended with a question and answer session.

The importance of business change, innovation and transformation was highlighted.  According to both Directors, organisations seek advice from consulting firms in order to improve.  The independent insight and expertise of consultants may be required, as organisations are not always able to see the value and benefits that can be gained through change.

The word ‘change’ was mentioned several times, as change leads to business transformation and is also the main factor determining whether a project succeeds or fails.  When initiating a project, one of the first areas for consultants to diagnose is the culture within the organisation – that determines the approach they should take.  According to the speakers, innovation is an underestimated area as most organisations do not spend much time on it.  Consultants are experts in the field and through their ‘diagnostic toolkit’ apply appropriate tools depending on the specific needs of the client.  Successful outcomes of the engagement may relate to efficiency and effectiveness or maximising flexibility.

One of the highlights of the presentation was an overview of PwC’s ‘Operational Model’.

Those who attended the Masterclass were very privileged as the discussions were enlightening for both for students and staff.

Excellent Consultancy Masterclass

On Friday 19th March two Directors from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC; the global management consultancy firm) gave masterclasses on consultancy to our postgraduate students (from a number of programmes) and staff.  Mr John Dunlop and Mr Afzal Mahmood delivered two interactive sessions which examined the nature of consultancy, what consultants do, and how they do it.  This was a unique opportunity to hear from such experienced and expert practitioners.  From the feedback we’ve received, both students and staff praised the presenters for the wonderful insights they gave into the ‘real world’ of the business of consultancy.

A little dittie David and Kevin recently did which featured innovation

On Tuesday, David and Kevin, delivered a workshop to several SMEs, connected to Prof Jim Woodburn (see who recently won funding for a large project looking at developing a protoype and how to take it to market, for artifical limbs to do with feet.

The session was to give the SMEs an overview of strategy, strategic thinking and the need to develop core competencies with regards to innovation and innovative systems.

If anything develops with regards to further and future work, then we will keep you up dated.


Small Ice NailWelcome to the Caledonian Business School Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise weblog – the ICE blog for short.  This is an informal look at what staff and students have been doing in the world of innovation, creativity and enterprise (ICE).  The ICE world covers lots of interesting and challenging areas – so there is lots to see, do and say.  Visit regularly to view the latest posts!