• Center for Innovation and Change Leadership to Host 15TH Annual MOPAN Conference on Collaborative Innovation and Change


Suffolk University Sawyer Business School’s Center for Innovation and Change Leadership will host the 15th Annual International Conference on Multi-Organizational Partnerships, Alliances, and Networks (MOPAN) on June 25-27, 2008.  Open for the first time to business professionals, the MOPAN conference will focus on fostering collaborative innovation and change, and will feature both academic and professional leaders in collaborative innovation.

“MOPAN is widely recognized within international academic circles for its thought leadership on how collaborative practices between organizations can encourage innovation and change,” said Center for Innovation and Change Leadership (CICL) Director Robert DeFillippi.  “By opening our fifteenth annual conference to business leaders, we’re accomplishing our goal of taking collaborative approaches to innovation and change to the next level, and will surely generate new insights by facilitating dialogue between academics and practitioners.”

To kick-off MOPAN’s practitioner-focused conference activities, Lee Green, Vice President, Worldwide IBM Brand and Values Experience, will serve as the conference keynote speaker.  Green will discuss how IBM is changing the client experience and extending design as a service component of their collaborative innovation offerings to develop customer insights, understand new market opportunities and affect internal and external change.

The conference will also feature sessions hosted by Chief Science Officer to the British Consulate Stefan Winkler, Wipro Technologies’ Theo Forbath and Patrick Kalaher, and Synectics Principal Elisa O’Donnell.  These innovation experts will demonstrate, through presentations and interactive sessions, the benefits of: 

  • Utilizing catalysts to foster change and diversify innovation practices 
  • Leveraging stakeholders in global innovation initiatives 
  • Engaging customers beyond traditional methods to discover new insights in customer satisfaction 
  • Bringing together unrelated people and organizations to identify opportunities and find solutions to business challenges 
  • Identifying opportunities for joint academic/corporate research and innovation experiments

MOPAN will facilitate discussion between academics and practitioners, encourage attendees to participate in specially designed innovation sessions and academic presentations concerning the latest research on collaborative innovation practices and theory.

Registration is $325 for the full-conference and $225 for Thursday panel discussions, lunch and dinner. For registration and program information, please visit the MOPAN website: www.suffolk.edu/mopan.

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