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Breakfast Lecture: 'The Rise and Rise of the Freelancer Economy'
Mon 10 April 2017, 08:00 – 09:45 BST
InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme at Queen's - Breakfast Lecture
‘The Rise and Rise of the Freelancer Economy: Creative-Digital opportunities and challenges’
In his keynote address, Professor Jonathan Sapsed, Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Newcastle University Business School will discuss the emergence of the new ‘freelancer economy’; the critical importance of arts and design skills fusing with technology, and how so called ‘super fused’ firms grow faster, especially in clusters.
He will refer to the findings of the Brighton Fuse project (http://www.brightonfuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/The-Brighton-Fuse-Final-Report.pdf), and to subsequent research in to the freelance sector, in particular those working in the Brighton cluster high growth creative economy. He will present their findings which concluded that contrary to popular belief creative freelancers are not struggling or forced into this mode of work, but are prosperous, innovative and motivated by aspiration.
This lecture will show the impressive growth of this increasing part of the working population and the power of fusion in individuals, as well as some intriguing differences with businesses and the barriers that freelancers experience.
Breakfast will be served at 8.00am in the Courtyard, with the lecture beginning promptly at 8.30am.
- The lecture is intended for individuals who are running or expanding an SME.
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About the Speaker
Professor Jonathan Sapsed, Newcastle University Business School
Jonathan Sapsed is Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Newcastle University Business School, where he researches and lectures on innovation management and policy. He was Principal Investigator of the Brighton Fuse projects (www.brightonfuse.com), a £1.2m initiative from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to map, measure and enhance a significant digital creative cluster. Jonathan has researched creativity and innovation in digital firms in Silicon Valley in the US, UK video games developers, as well as companies such as Disney, Sun Microsystems, Ericsson, and QinetiQ. His work is published in journals such as Organization Studies and Research Policy. He is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Creative Industries and has served on editorial boards of Journal of Management, Technovation and International Journal of Innovation Management. He also a published comics writer and enjoys drawing on his iPad.
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