Masterclass 2

Facilitated by Innovating Works at the University of Strathclyde

Title: Empowering your employees to innovate

Date: Thursday 03 November 2016

Location: Malmaison, 44 Whitehall Crescent, Dundee DD1 4AY.

The Workplace Innovation Masterclass Series supported by Scottish Enterprise is a programme of interactive events enabling businesses and their partners to discuss the ideas behind workplace innovation, its practical application, and its potential to deliver benefits for business.

  • Workplace Innovation brings together an organisation's people, processes and business relationships to develop new ways of working that benefit everyone.

Our second Workplace Innovation Masterclass took place on Thursday 3 November at Malmaison, 44 Whitehall Crescent, Dundee DD1 4AY.

A full programme from the morning can be downloaded here and presentation slides from the event can be downloaded here.

Our second Workplace Innovation Masterclass focussed on 'employee-driven innovation' - how businesses can design jobs and workplaces to empower their employees to lead innovation. We are delighted to be joined by Dr Peter Kesting of the Centre of Organizational Renewal and Evolution, Aarhus University, Denmark - Peter is a leading international researcher and consultant who has worked with companies across the EU and China on facilitating employee-driven innovation. We will also hear from two leaders from the public and private sectors who will share their insights on the opportunities and challenges associated with workplace innovation - Charlie Rohan, Senior Director at NCR, one of Dundee's most innovative employers; and Bernadette Malone CBE, Chief Executive of Perth and Kinross Council.

The Masterclass is aimed at HR practitioners and business leaders interested in sharing experiences on the benefits that can flow from workplace innovation and how we can empower employees and unleash their innovative potential.

Workplace Innovation Masterclass 2: Our Speakers

Dr Peter Kesting is Associate Professor at the Centre of Organizational Renewal and Evolution, Aarhus University, Denmark. He has conducted extensive business-facing research on innovation and organisational change, workplace innovation, and business negotiation. He is a leading expert in employee-driven innovation, working with companies across the EU and in China. He is a graduate of the Universities of Bayreuth and Hamburg and has been a visiting researcher at the University of New York and Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge.

Bernadette Malone is Chief Executive of Perth and Kinross Council, a post she has held since May 2003. She has worked in Local Government since 1990. Bernadette is a member of the Fair Work Convention. She is a past Chair of Solace Scotland, and is the Solace portfolio holder for Scrutiny, Best Value and Performance and attends the Accounts Commission Strategic Co-ordinating Group. She is the national lead for developing a new approach to Employee Engagement for the public sector in Scotland. She was appointed CBE in recognition of her services to local government.

Charlie Rohan is Senior Director, User Centred Design at NCR. Trained as an industrial designer, Charlie has held several positions within NCR, covering many aspects of the design, development and deployment of self-service and assisted service retail, travel, hospitality and banking channels. A central focus throughout has been that the implementations of new technology solutions must be accessible and beneficial to the widest possible range of end users. Starting in 1997 Charlie led the NCR Design Centre, one of NCR's Global Consulting Services, conducting projects across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Canada and US. He was appointed Head of Design in 2001. Charlie currently heads a multidisciplinary team responsible for design strategy for all of the NCR self and assisted service technologies.

You will be able to find further updates about Masterclass 2 on this website and you can join the discussion on our dedicated LinkedIn Discussion Forum.