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Research conducted by the Institute's academic staff and students addresses the following key strands:

 

1. Creativity

This strand explores a variety of perspectives on creativity and idea generation, such as the psychological and environmental influences on the creative process, and the practical application of creativity tools and techniques including those developed by Professor Edward de Bono.  Creativity is studied in a variety of contexts, and relates to several research topics, including the following:

  • Creativity and problem solving
  • Creativity and learning in the workplace
  • Barriers to creativity in the workplace
  • Change management and creativity
  • Organisational structures and creativity
  • Organisational culture and creativity
  • Creativity and leadership
  • Creativity in education
  • Creativity in the creative industries
  • Creativity and the arts
  • Creative cities (including Valletta 2018)
  • Creativity in virtual worlds 
  • Creativity, mental health and psychopathology

 

2. Innovation 

This strand explores innovation and innovation management in a variety of contexts.  Academics and students look at how innovation can thrive within all types of organisations, and what distinguishes an organisation that fosters innovation from another where the status quo is taken to be acceptable.  Research topics addressed under this strand include the following:

  • Idea management and organisational innovation (including capabilities for innovation and absorptive capacities)
  • Innovation in organisations that have an R&I Department
  • Research and innovation policy systems - dynamics and interactions
  • Innovation in public policy and governance
  • Innovation management in different sectors
  • Open innovation (including crowdsourcing, innovation brokers, and lead user innovation)
  • Innovation and new digital technologies (including innovation diffusion)
  • Cultural heritage and innovation
  • Environmental innovation / Eco Innovation
  • Green cities
  • Service innovation
  • KIBS (Knowledge Intensive Business Services)
  • Social Innovation
  • Innovation in NGOs, charities and state-funded entities
  • Social innovation

 

3. Entrepreneurship

This strand explores the processes of entrepreneurship in the identification, evaluation and exploitation of opportunities in new and existing organisations. Entrepreneurship is studied from a variety of perspectives, and relates to several research topics, including the following:

  • Entrepreneurial cognition (e.g., intuition, cognitive versatility)
  • Experience, expertise and entrepreneurship
  • Feasibility analyses
  • Innovative business models 
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Environmental entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship education
  • Female entrepreneurship
  • Inclusive entrepreneurship
  • Business failure - causes, coping and consequences

4. Foresight

Foresight is a field of knowledge characterized by interdisciplinary knowledge. Foresight may focus on visionary knowledge regarding alternative futures and the challenges present within them. Futures research offers futures-oriented information to back up decision-making in the public and private sectors. Research topics addressed under this strand include the following:

  • Application of foresight methods (including Horizon Scanning, Delphi, etc.) in different contexts
  • Foresight exercises in different settings (e.g., in Higher Education Institutions, in Health Care Institutions, etc.)
  • Foresight exercises in different sectors (e.g., ICT, biotechnology, etc.)
  • Foresight and low carbon transitions
  • The role of stakeholder participation and engagement in foresight exercises
  • Evaluating the outputs of a foresight exercise (tangible and intangible benefits)
  • The role of crowdsourcing in future-oriented processes
  • The challenges in the use and application of scenario analysis in future studies

 

A list of dissertation titles and abstracts that have been carried out in the above four research areas by the Institute's past Master students is available here.

The research interests and publications of the Institute's academic staff are listed on their respective profile pages, which may be accessed from here.


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Exams Timetable Semester 2

Please click here to download the Examination Timetable for Academic Year 2016/7 - Semester 2

NEW Diploma in Gozo

We are very pleased to announce that our Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be offered at the University of Malta – Gozo Campus for the first time in October 2017. Please click here for further details.

World Creativity and Innovation Week

Between Saturday 15th and Monday 24th April, the Institute celebrated World Creativity and Innovation Week (WCIW) together with thousands of people in over 60 countries around the world. For further details click here.

Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2017

Edward de Bono Institute Director Dr Leonie Baldacchino and Department of Management resident academic Dr Nathaniel Massa, both from the University of Malta, recently joined delegates from 173 counties at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC), which was held in Johannesburg, South Africa in March 2017.

Master in C&I Student at Climate-KIC Course in Spain

Steven Diacono, who is reading for a Master in Creativity and Innovation at The Edward de Bono Institute, recently attended an 'Innovation Catalyst’ course, ‘Fostering Professional Skills for Circular Economy Transition - A Systemic Approach to Water Management’ in Valencia, Spain.

Master in Creativity and Innovation Timetable

Please click here to access the Master in Creativity and Innovation timetable for Academic Year 2016/17 - Semester 2.

Diploma in Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Timetable

Please click here to access the timetable for the part-time evening Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Academic Year 2016/17 - Semester 2

Optional Study Units Timetable

Please click here to access the Optional Study Units timetable for Academic Year 2016-17 - Semester 2.

Institute student attends short course in Valencia

In December 2016, Fiona Anderson, who is reading for a Master in Creativity and Innovation at The Edward de Bono Institute, was selected to attend a short course entitled 'Making Change Happen: Business Models for Climate Change Technologies and Innovation' in Valencia, Spain.

 
 
Last Updated: 15 December 2014

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