Prof. Nuran Acur
17 February 2022, 12:00
Digital innovation constitutes one of the most central issues in the management of grand challenges (George et al., 2016; Seidel et al., 2017). Recent developments in digital innovation indicate its benefits beyond boosting productivity and competitiveness (Son and Gun, 2011); digitization may also help to address the grand challenges of including and integrating otherwise marginalized communities (e.g., poor, rural, or ageing populations). Nuran’s research aims to develop a co-creation framework consisting of three innovation components: 1) content, 2) process, and 3) the context, at the community level, to tackle grand challenges. A deeper understanding of community needs (i.e., context) will be an important driver of innovation, and new digital technology development based on local idiosyncrasies (i.e., content) will enable communities to discover entirely new solutions where organizations and users co-create value (i.e., process of collaborative innovation) and create unique experiences (Prahalad and Krishnan, 2008; Prahalad and Ramaswamy, 2004). As such, exploring the emerging digital environments of innovation and collaboration at the community level could result in an architecture of open participation and creativity to tackle new and continuing complex challenges.
Nuran Acur is Professor of Innovation Management at Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. She received her Ph.D. in strategic management from the University of Strathclyde. Previously, she worked at Strathclyde University (UK), Ozyegin University (Turkey), Aalborg University (Denmark) and Bilkent University (Turkey). Nuran is an internationally leading researcher in an innovation and technology management area. Her current research examines emerging innovation trends (e.g., artificial intelligence, 5G) and their implications in the organisations in different sectors (i.e., health, telecommunications, public and third sector) and impacts into society. Nuran is also working on responsible innovation approaches that will maximise societal benefit by enhancing productivity and developing ethical and well-regulated Innovation approaches for science, technology, engineering, and business. Maintaining a consistently upward trajectory of funded research projects, she has secured more than £3 millions of research funding from the EPSRC, Newton fund, Global Challenge Research Fund, ESRC, Innovate UK, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and Scottish Enterprise- Open Innovation Project. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Product Innovation Management, European Management Review, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Creativity and Innovation Management, Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, and other scholarly journals. She is an editorial board member of Journal of Product Innovation Management and Creativity and Innovation Management.
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