Professor Aykut Arıkan
Chair, Knowledge & Innovation Management MBA Track
Yeditepe University, Turkey
We are pleased to announce that Professor Aykut Arıkan has agreed to deliver an invited speech on “Innovation Science” at ICKM2014 (see the abstract below).
Professor Arıkan has been the founding Chair of the Knowledge & Innovation Management MBA Track at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey, since 2009 and chairs two graduate tracks in the School of Communications there. Professor Arıkan is trying to develop human capital that is capable to think global and act local as competitive and dynamic “agents-of-change”, within a well-defined, sustainable value creation approach. Professor Arıkan consults a variety of industrial, commercial, and public institutions as well as NGO’s along this approach. He owns a patent (pending) and published numerous scientific papers in addition to popular articles on business issues that appeared in magazines such as The Brand Age and GenNaration. Professor Arıkan has also founded FutureLand™, the first Future Centre of Turkey in 2013, with the generous support of the Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA). Professor Arıkan holds BA, MA and PhD degrees in Information Management from Istanbul University.
Title: “Innovation Science: the Past and Future of a Paradigm Shift”
Abstract. Basing on proven epistemological foundations, Library and Information Science (LIS) has actualised its scholarly competence and maturity as a contemporary academic discipline within the taxonomy of modern sciences. The good old Library, together with its elements, functions, and organisation, has become the principal field of interest of Library Science, emerging out of the zeniths of the Industrialisation Era in the late nineteenth century. Its main focus was Organising Knowledge. Information Science on the other hand, might be regarded as a transition discipline of the Post-Industrial Era, back in the twentieth century, mainly focusing on Mobilising Knowledge while concentrating on the Information Centre as its principal field of interest. With the new dawn of the Informationalism Era in the early twenty-first century, mankind’s relationship to knowledge has reflected a novel approach: well-organised and effectively mobilised knowledge leaped qualitatively by shifting the paradigm: Utilising Knowledge. Mankind started utilising knowledge in knowledge driven organisations basically by so called white-collars as knowledge workers. In comparison to libraries and information centres, the incarnate body of this new paradigm is still uncertain. All being part of this ambiguity, whole corporations, some freshly emerging innovation centres, advanced research and development facilities, and so called Future Centres are all appropriate incarnate bodies of this new paradigm. While working on and studying all these recent developments, for the last few years now, I felt the urge of a novice academic approach, primarily to explain this novel attitude towards knowledge, and secondly, to expand the field of LIS, if possible. I attempt to nominate this novice field as Innovation Science. Within this scope, in my speech, I will try to reflect on issues such as: Scope and Fields of Study, Problems and Constraints, Theories, Methodology, and Empirical Rules, Professional Organization of the Field, Education and Research, as well as its Historical Background, Literature and Interdisciplinary Co-relations of Innovation Science.