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Improving your innovation skills

What are the personal characteristics of successful innovators? In his new book The Silver Lining: An Innovation Playbook for Uncertain Times, Scott Anthony includes an interesting observation on that topic.

Anthony reports that, according to some new research by Jeffrey Dyer, Hal Gregersen and Clayton Christensen, most successful innovators tend to be very good at seeing connections between seemingly disparate ideas, a trait the researchers call “associational thinking.”

The good news? Anthony argues that would-be innovators can strengthen their innovation skills. One way is by improving the skills that drive associational thinking, such as questioning and experimenting.

Another option Anthony suggests: Try to place yourself in “innovation schools” — in other words, real-life settings that will give you experiences that could relate to new challenges you may face in the future. Such activities might range from volunteering for an international project at work to using free time on nigh…

The Geographies of Social Networks and Innovation in Tourism

Author: Flemming Soslashrensen a
Affiliation: a Centre for Leisure Management Research, CEUS School of Business, Denmark
DOI: 10.1080/14616680601092857
Publication Frequency: 4 issues per year
Published in: journal Tourism Geographies, Volume 9, Issue 1 February 2007 , pages 22 - 48
Subjects: Social Geography; Tourism & Leisure Planning;

Tourism firms operate in a business environment in which innovation is important for firm survival. In spite of this, there is an apparent lack of knowledge concerning innovation processes in tourism firms. This article combines considerations about the geographical characteristics of tourism with social innovation network and agglomeration theories so as to develop a theoretical framework of the social innovation network geography of tourism. The theoretical framework presents arguments for different types of social network geographies and their innovation benefits. An empirical study of tourism firms in destinations in the Province of Malag…

Cy c l i n g Mu r t o s a – S u s t a i n a b l e Mo b i l i t y a n d St r a t e g i c S p a t i a l P l a n n i n g i n P o r t u g a l

Mobility and Spatial Planning

The research group of the University of Aveiro
wanted to develop strong conceptual support with
the principles of spatial planning applied to the
context of sustainable mobility. This involved the
development of useful (and applicable) knowledge
for local government and other agents involved in
local strategies and nurturing the capacity to mobilise
agents for collective action. The methodological
approach was thus divided into three complementary
stages (...)

For more information see: (English)

In my mind

Policy networks and the local organisation of tourism

Dianne DredgeCorresponding Author Contact Information, E-mail The Corresponding Author

School of Environmental Planning, Griffith University, Nathan. QLD 4111, Australia

Received 8 April 2004;
accepted 14 October 2004.
Available online 1 February 2005.


Networks spanning public and private sectors are increasingly important in shaping tourism planning and development. In many destinations, the formal and informal relationships between local government and industry have a considerable effect on the capacity of the destination to harness these public–private partnerships. By way of a case study of Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia, this paper investigates relationships between local government and industry to critically discuss the role of networks in fostering or inhibiting public–private sector partnership building. The findings suggest that fostering an environment in which innovative public–private partnerships can e…

Winter AMA Conference Sales and CRM Track

The 2010 AMA Winter Marketing Educator's Conference Sales & CRM Track needs you! At the past few AMA conferences work on sales, sales management, CRM and Relationship Marketing has been very well represented, and we need your help to assure we continue this trend in 2010.

Please consider submitting something! Submit your work for consideration at the conference no later than July 16th. Please note this is an extension from the original deadline today, and is only available for this track! Work should be submitted through the all academic manuscript system,, which is also available through the website and the ARC resource center.

We also need reviewers, session chairs, and discussants. Please sign up through the above website to volunteer your services, or through marketing power at ... follow the volunteer as a …


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Network of Creative Cities

The UT Austin|Portugal Program, in partnership with Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional de Lisboa e Vale do Tejo and the City of Lisbon, are proud to present the launch of the “Network of Creative Cities”.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Pavilhão de Portugal, Parque das Nações
Lisbon, Portugal

Cities, according to Richard Florida (see, are decisive actors in a country’s economy. According to Florida, conglomerates that invest in creativity will be those that, in the big picture of the economy of knowledge, will gain more relevance.

In Portugal, the subject of the creative cities has been drawing more and more attention in many towns and regions. The university of Aveiro is, in fact, organizing a contest of ideas that has drawn multiple teams of high school students (see

This event aims to explore the experiments of the local governments, cultural agents, creative industries and the universities of cities such as Am…

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The economy is uncertain, marketing budgets are tight, competition is tougher than ever and public trust is fading. Focus is needed on navigating during uncertain times and leading the way.

In economic turmoil the accountability of market research in showing added value and return on investment is key. Implementing new consultancy-based skills in an ethical and creative way is essential.

The ESOMAR CONGRESS explores the challenges ahead for markets, business and society and how research provides ethical, responsible and creative food for thought, recommendations and guidelines to help lead the way for better decisions, better results and a better world.