Edinburgh Business School and the Watt Club in South Africa held an interactive evening on innovation for students and alumni last week. 

During the event the attendees shared their personal definitions of “innovation”, which formed the basis of the discussion facilitated by Dr Keith Fairhurst. Keith has an MSc in Financial Management and an MBA from EBS, and a PhD in Business Management from the University of Pretoria. 

Further, the group explored the concept of design thinking, which adopts a human centred approach, and disruptive innovation, a business administration term, as a reason why organisations succeed or fail. 

Paul Gibbon, EBS’ Alumni Ambassador for South Africa, shared his experiences of working for 3M, a science-based technology company, and then talked about the innovative culture of the business. Paul holds a BCom from Sussex University and an MBA from EBS. He has worked his way up from product manager to general manager for health care and pharmaceuticals at 3M.

The event has received some excellent feedback from students and graduates alike and we would like to thank the speakers and all who attended. 

If you would like to host an alumni event in your area, please feel free to get in touch with us to find out how we can assist you at watt.club@hw.ac.uk.