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John Bessant

Originally a chemical engineer, John has been active in research, teaching, and consultancy in technology and innovation management for over 30 years. He currently holds the Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Exeter University where he continues to work on a variety of research topics including humanitarian innovation, user-led innovation in healthcare and enabling high involvement innovation across organizations. John is the author of over 30 books and monographs and many articles on the topic and has lectured and consulted widely around the world. His most recent books include “Managing Innovation” (John Wiley, now in its 5th edition), “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” (John Wiley, 3rd edition) and “Creativity for Innovation Management” (Routledge). You can find out more and read his blog at www.johnbessant.org.

John's Posts

Strategy & Alignment

Platform Thinking: Reusing Hard-Won Knowledge

 Watch any group of kids playing with Lego and you’ll quickly get the idea behind platform thinking. A small number of s...

The Power of User-Led Innovations
Ideation & Collaboration

The Power of User-Led Innovations

Babies are wonderful, a constant source of fascination as you share their discovery of a rich new world and see things a...

Knowledge as a social process
People & Culture

Knowledge as a social process

Walker’s Wagon Wheel tavern in the 1970s has a particularly important place in innovation history.  Its name provides a ...

Creating the Physical Space for Innovation
People & Culture

Creating the Physical Space for Innovation

Building spaces for innovation is a hot topic these days. Whether you call them innovation hubs, maker-spaces, fab-labs,...

Bridging different worlds – the power of recombinant innovation
People & Culture

Bridging different worlds – the power of recombinant innovation

Wandering round Chicago in 1912 William Klann was a man on a mission. He was part of a team set up to explore ways in wh...

Mapping Your Innovation Challenges in an Ever-changing Innovation World
Disruption & Transformation

Mapping Your Innovation Challenges in an Ever-changing Innovation World

This is the Red Queen, one of the famous characters in Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice through the Looking Glass’. And whilst she...

The value of failure in innovation
People & Culture

The value of failure in innovation

Accidents will happen – and as far as innovation is concerned, that’s a good thing. Whilst much of our attention is on t...