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

 

creaitivity

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

 

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

 

entre

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

future

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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Institute joins new European Project

The Edward de Bono Institute has joined the Malta Business Bureau (MBB) and partners from six other countries on a new Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliances Project, entitled DIFME – Digital, Internationalisation and Financial Literacy Skills for Micro Entrepreneurs. 

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018

This November, we are joining millions of young people in over 160 countries around the world to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week. Please click here to view the programme of events.

Master Timetable for Semester 1

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Last Updated: 15 December 2017

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