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John Bessant

Exeter, United Kingdom

Originally a chemical engineer, John Bessant is currently Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Exeter with visiting appointments at the universities of Erlangen-Nuremburg, Germany and Stavanger, Norway. In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy of Management and in 2016 a Fellow of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM). He has consulted widely to firms, governments and NGOs and is the author of 30 books (including the best-selling 'Managing innovation') and many articles on the topic of innovation and entrepreneurship. For more details and to follow my blog see

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Speaking
Travels From: UK
Speaking Topics: innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity

John Bessant Points
Academic 0
Author 3
Influencer 8
Speaker 0
Entrepreneur 0
Total 11

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Change Management
Design Thinking
Entrepreneurship 30.25
Innovation 30.13
Management 30.15
Open Innovation

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1 Podcast
Managing innovation Creating value from ideas
John Bessant
November 08, 2021
Innovation doesn't just happen. It's not like the cartoons - a lightbulb flashes on above someone's head and that's it. No - it's a journey and we need to understand how best to prepare for that journey, whatever kind of value we are trying to create. This podcast is about some useful lessons we might take on board to help develop our capabilities.

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Tags: Innovation, Management, Entrepreneurship



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