Participants at Innovation Management Course included (left-right): Christian von der Ohe (Castor Drilling Solution), Kristine Wikander (Qmatec), Svein Erik Mykland (Offshore Wind Industries), Hans Jørgen Mørch (CFD Marine), Philip M. H. Pedersen (Sweco Norge), Bjørn Viken (NOV), André Torkelsen (gründer) og Anne Mari Graver (Aust-Agder bibliotek).

21 students, most of them from NODE companies, attended the first sessions of a new innovation management course this week.

“We are glad to see that so many companies, even in a challenging market situation, are able to send key personnel to undergo training to help speed up and improve innovation processes. Innovation has maybe never been more important”, says Project Manager Bjørn Saltermark at GCE NODE.

The Innovation Management Course is developed in cooperation with the University of Agder and NODE companies. The first two sessions were arranged in Grimstad. Lectures were given by Tor Helge Aas, Associate Professor, PhD at the University of Agder, Fredrik Ambjørndalen, Senior Adviser IPR at Innovation Norway and Christoffer Jørgenvåg, CEO at Red Rock.

The next two sessions are at Otechos in Tvedestrand and Sweco in Mandal. The closing session will take place at the university in May. Students that wish to pursue university credits need to attend an additional two-day session in September and submit a paper in November.

“Innovation Management has a maximum capacity of 25 students, which means that we have room for four more students. There is still time to sign-up and join the next session”, says Saltermark.

The Innovation Management Course is funded in by Sørlandets kompetansefond and Lister-fondet. It is part two of GCE NODE Cluster Development Program, which kicked off with a supply chain management course last year, and concludes with an internationalization course next year.

Tor Helge Aas, Associate Professor, PhD at the University of Agder.
Tor Helge Aas, Associate Professor, PhD at the University of Agder.

September 15th 2021

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