Research institutes

Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

We live in an age of unprecedented technological development. Businesses and organisations, like the people working in them and the societies around them, face challenges as the pace of change increases. Creativity in the workplace has become one of the most in-demand skills – but how can it best be fostered? We know that innovation is one of the key sources of firms’ competitive advantage – but what is the surest route from a brilliant idea to bringing a new product to market? As entrepreneurial activity booms in the digital economy, how can sustainable new enterprises, from spin-offs to start-ups, be built?

These three interlinked subjects are the focus of the multidisciplinary team that makes up the Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) research theme. Its mission is to contribute, via a cross-disciplinary and holistic research agenda, to the adaptive and renewal capacity of individuals and organisations, to support education for today’s and tomorrow’s employees and businesspeople, to inform policymakers and practitioners, and not only to disseminate findings to stakeholders but also to allow them to enrich the research agenda from the outside in.

The CIE team is built around a core group of academics from across SBE’s departments and institutes. As a research group, it covers a wide range of topics, including individuals’ creative work involvement, research and development spending choices, innovation networks and alliances, innovation policy design, new business development, digital entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and family-owned enterprises.

Societally relevant research is at the core of the CIE research theme. As recognised by supranational initiatives such as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the European Union’s green and digital agenda, CIE-related topics are of major societal importance. Academic research will play a key role in ensuring that the changes we are experiencing will bring benefits to businesses and organisations – and to us all. 

In an age of change, maintaining the status quo is no longer an option for most businesses. But creative, innovative and entrepreneurial businesses can benefit from the opportunities created by these changes

Yannick Bammens, leader of the Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship research theme