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Daniel Ehls Inaugural Lecture

Professor of entrepreneurship and innovation Dr Daniel Ehls gave his inaugural lecture at GISMA’s Hannover campus. He spoke about how organisations can solve problems and become more innovative, describing problem-solving as ‘a search through a vast maze of possibilities’ and portraying internal (local) and external (distant) searching as two ways of achieving unique knowledge.

 

He also discussed recent work he’d conducted with the Harvard Crowd Innovation lab and used examples from approaches like crowdsourcing and open innovations. He concluded that problem solvers require instructions or restrictions to break up established mental models, as well as the freedom to come up with innovations and new knowledge, and that thinking at least twice about a situation opens new solutions.

 

His talk triggered a lively debate, which was greatly appreciated by students, alumni, and faculty. 

 

To find out more about Dr Ehls, click here

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