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Chair revealed for ‘Innovating through Tech’ roundtable at November’s Northern Growth Forum


Another chair has been revealed for one of the roundtable topics at November’s Northern Growth Forum, which is now only a couple of weeks away.

The Northern Growth Forum is specifically for senior business leaders and decision-makers from companies who are interested in how best to improve the range of their practices. Applications are still open if you would like to attend.

In the run-up to the event, taking place at Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) on November 21st, we’ll be taking a closer look at the topics that are going to be covered at the roundtables on the day.

One of the roundtables on the day will seek to explore the best ways businesses can innovate using technology.

Innovating through Tech

Chair: Professor Jonatan Pinkse, Executive Director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at AMBS

About: Prof. Pinkse is a Professor of strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship at Alliance Manchester Business School. His research interests focus on corporate sustainability, sustainable innovation, social entrepreneurship, business model innovation, cross-sector partnerships and the sharing economy.

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Prof. Jonatan Pinkse, Executive Director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at AMBS

In his research, Jonatan analyses how firms make strategic decisions to make a positive contribution to sustainable development and deal with the ensuing tensions between issues and actors.

His roundtable will look at the different ways in which companies can make use of tech to innovate and develop their business capabilities.

Jonatan said: “The topic of innovation that I’m leading on during the Forum is of key importance to our region. There is so much innovation on our doorstep. However, it is also a real challenge to master the disruption that innovation brings to businesses.

“I hope that attendees will learn more about how to embrace innovation and use it to add value and will gain insights into best practices to overcome resistance against new technologies in the adoption process.”


Every attendee is given the chance to take part in two of the roundtables outlined below, and you can select your preferences in the form on this page.

Timings for the Northern Growth Forum

8:45AM – Registration & Welcome
9:15AM – First set of roundtables
10:00AM – Coffee
10:30AM – Speaker
10:45AM – Second set of roundtables
11:30AM – Speaker
12:15PM – Lunch and panel discussion

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