Ideas in Practice Seminar

11:30 - 13:30
Melissa Schilling
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH
Who can attend:
Professionals and academics with an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship
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Melissa Schilling: Breakthrough Innovators who Changed the World 

What makes some people so spectacularly innovative, producing triumph after triumph, often in fields in which they have no specialised training?

Join us at the British Academy where Melissa Schilling will share insights from her new book 'QUIRKY: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World' (Public Affairs; February 13, 2018). Leading innovation expert Melissa Schilling delves deeply into the lives of Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, and Steve Jobs to identify the traits and experiences that led them to become serial breakthrough innovators - and might allow us to do the same. 

This engaging new book provides an opportunity to consider how these insights can be applied to ourselves, our work, our children, and the seemingly intractable problems we face as a society.  

Event format

11:30Registration and lunch
12:00Presentation by Melissa Schilling
13:30Event close

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About the speaker

Melissa Schilling

Melissa A. Schilling is the John Herzog Family professor of management and organizations at NYU Stern and one of the world’s leading experts on innovation. Her textbook Strategic Management of Technological Innovation (now in its fifth edition) is the #1 innovation strategy text in the world and is available in seven languages.

Schilling is also co-author of Strategic Management: An Integrated Approach, now in its 12th edition and one of the world's leading strategic management textbooks. She and her work have been featured on NPR's Marketplace, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, CNBC, Scientific American, and USA Today, among others.

She also speaks regularly at national and international conferences as well as corporations on strategy and innovation.

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