John Bessant


Originally a chemical engineer, John currently holds the Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Exeter.  He’s been researching, teaching and consulting about innovation management for over 35 years and is the author of 30 books and many articles, including the standard text Managing Innovation, published by John Wiley and now in its 5th edition.



Learning from the Humanitarian Innovation Laboratory

Innovation is all about survival – how often do we hear versions of that line? But in the field of humanitarian aid this really is the case. Innovation can sometimes be a matter of life and death. It’s a world characterised by crisis – but it’s also somewhere from which we might learn some new lessons to help manage innovation.