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Professor Sally Davenport

Professor of Management
Victoria University Business School

Certificate of attendance available

Collaboration, and more of it, is often called for across many walks of life, the assumption being that more diverse contributions will improve outcomes and impact. As an innovation researcher with a scientific background, I have always been interested in the role of collaborative activity to successful (or otherwise) research projects. As we are well aware, the development of social capital is viewed as essential to collaboration.

Over the years I have explored what appears to support the building of social capital, particularly when geographical proximity isn’t possible, such as in international collaborations and/or virtual organisations. With Urs Daellenbach, I published a paper on the role of social capital formation to a sense of identification in a virtual research organisation (British Journal of Management, 22(1), 2011, 54-76).

Over ten years later, I find myself as Director of another large virtual research programme, the ‘Science for Technological Innovation” National Science Challenge (NSC), one of eleven New Zealand NSCs, launched since 2016 (www.sftichallenge.govt.nz). As an experiment in how to build collaborative, inter-disciplinary, mission-led projects co-designed with industry and Māori (New Zealand’s indigenous population), those same social capital notions have underpinned many innovative processes that SfTI has developed.

I will first describe these new or adapted processes and their social capital platform, and then chat with Tristan about those SfTI experiences of the last 6 years.

About the presenter:

Sally Davenport is Professor of Management at Wellington School of Business & Government (VUW), and former Commissioner with the New Zealand Productivity Commission (2011-March 2020). Sally’s academic life began as a research chemist. With research interests covering the commercialisation of scientific research, entrepreneurship and the growth of high-tech firms, innovation strategy and policy, Sally has led research grants covering projects on competitive advantage in New Zealand firms, and sustainability and firm-level productivity in our biotechnology and food and beverage sectors. Sally is also an Adjunct Professor in the College of Business and Economics at the Australian National University, a Fellow of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management, a member of the NZ Institute of Directors, and a member of Global Women.

About Our Webinar Series

This event is part of our regular webinar sessions for social capital researchers including PhD/master students. These sessions include invited presentations from prominent scholars as well as presentations by PhD students and experts in professional practice.

For social capital researchers, these sessions are an opportunity to hear about the latest social capital research and insights from scholars working on the concept. They can be a great way to connect with people, to get advice, discuss ideas or issues, get suggestions for literature to read, or you can just listen.

Are you researching social capital and want to present your research? Click here for more information and to submit a proposal.

Generally, presentations can be 20 to 30 mins. The content of your presentation will depend on your research stage.

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