ELLTA Conference 2012

ELLTA 2012 Highlights

Conference Temes/ Topics (not limited to)

The following themes are being suggested for submissions:

  1. Showcasing innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship (specific, real-world applications)
  2. Innovation networks, National Innovation Systems;
  3. Entrepreneurship and Social Transformation;
  4. Entrepreneurship, innovation and knowledge economies
  5. Innovating for Transformation
  6. Drivers of the transformation and Sustainable Development (social, cultural, environmental)
  7. Learning Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  8. Educating for Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  9. Educational Leadership for Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  10. Societal transformation and role of social media
  11. Business, Entrepreneurship, & Society in Emerging Markets
  12. Sustainable Technologies
  13. Innovation Management
  14. Grassroots Innovations
  15. Green Innovations
  16. Entrepreneurship and small- and medium-sized firms
  17. The Curriculum of Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  18. Indigenous Perspectives of Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  19. Others.

Chairs & ICC

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Workshop/Panel Discussions

  • Towards an Integrated Theory of the Ecology of Learning and Leadership: Mirroring Multiple and Shared Realities across Cultures


    Prof. Dato' Dr Ibrahim A. Bajunid

    Professor Dato’ Dr. Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid is Professor of Management, Education and the Social Sciences. He was formerly the Director of the Regional Center for Educational Planning (UNESCO-RCEP), Al Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; the Founding Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University Tun Abdul Razak (UNITAR); and Director of the National Institute of Educational Management and Leadership. For more than three decades, he has been the key figure in the Field of Educational Management and Leadership in Malaysia.

    He is Editor and Editorial Advisor for several educational journals, locally and internationally. He is a Council Member of the Board of the Razak School of Government, a Member of the Board of Trustees Axiata, Board Member of Kolej Yayasan Saad and Yayasan Ilmuan, International Advisory Board Member of Exploring Learning and Leadership Theories Association (ELLTA), Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Educational Administration and the South African Journal of Education.

    He is recipient of the Teachers Trade Union Leadership Award and a Special Award as Thought Leader and initiator of the National Professional Qualification for Head Teachers and Educational Leaders. He was Member of the National Committee on the Study, Review and Reform of Higher Education in Malaysia. He is also appointed Member of the National Advisory Council on Education. As a member of both these national committees, he has the opportunity to think through and contribute across all the levels and sectors of Education.

    Professor Dr. Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid is the recipient of the National Educational Leadership Award, the highest Educational Leadership Award in Malaysia awarded only to a few individuals who have demonstrated distinguished and exemplary leadership across institutional, national and international contexts. He was awarded the Honorary Doctorate in Education and Management by the Sultan Idris Education University and also an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Malaya.

  • Leading Transformation and Innovation


    Dr Alma Harris

    Dr Alma Harris is Professor and Director at the Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Malaya, the leader in research and innovation. Prior to that, Dr Harris has held positions at the Institute of Education, London (as the Pro-Director, Leadership), at the University of Bath, Open University, Nottingham University and the University of Warwick (held the position of the Director of the Institute of Education for four years).

    Dr Harris’ research work focuses on organizational change and development. She is internationally known for her work on school improvement, focusing particularly on improving schools in challenging circumstances. Dr Harris has written extensively about leadership in schools and she is an expert on the theme of distributed leadership. Her book ‘Distributed Leadership in Schools: Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow’ (published in 2008 by Routledge & Falmer Press) has been translated into several languages.

    Some of her recent books (as an author/ editor) include: ‘Challenging the orthodoxy? Perspectives on school effectiveness and improvement research policy and practice’ (published in 2012 by Springer), ‘Schools performing beyond expectations’ (published in 2012 by Routledge Press), ‘Professional Learning communities in Action’ (published in 2011 by Leannta Press), and ‘Leading School Turnaround’ (published in 2010 by Jossey Bass).

    Dr Harris has held a number visiting professorships at a number of Universities including the University of Hong Kong, Nottingham Business School, University of Manitoba, University of Malaysia, and is a Professorial Fellow at the Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.

    Since 2009/2010, she has been seconded to the ‘Welsh Assembly Government’ as a Senior Professional Adviser and is currently assisting with the process of system wide reform. She is President Elect of the ‘International Congress of School Effectiveness and School Improvement’ and will take up her Presidency at the 26th International Congress in Chile in 2013.

    This keynote will explore current leadership practices for 21st century learning and will highlight what it means to 'lead' innovation and change. The keynote will examine the trends and patterns that are requiring organisations to revaluate their leadership practices and to restructure leadership roles and responsibilities. It will argue that leadership is needed more than ever if improvement, creativity and innovation are the central goals. The keynote will outline what is meant by collaborative or distributed leadership and will focus upon a recent international research study of high performance leadership in three sectors - education, business and sport. It will also consider how far competition and collaboration can be reconciled within organisational development and will conclude by offering ‘7 Tests” that can be used to evaluate how far leadership practices are maximizing the potential for innovation and change.

  • National Innovation System: Experiences and Perspectives from Asia


    Professor Shantha Liyanage

    Professor Shantha Liyanage is senior researcher at Department of Education and Communities and professorial fellow at the University of Technology Sydney. He is also currently the Director of SERIM Australia Pty Ltd.

    Dr Liyanage’s PhD is in the management of Industrial Innovation. He has worked in industry, government and academic institutions in the areas of management of innovation and technology management.

    Previously, he was the Associate Professor and Director of Technology Management Centre (TMC) at the University of Queensland where he developed a novel postgraduate programme in technology and innovation management. He also held professorial appointments at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and the Macquarie University in Sydney. At the Business School of the University of Auckland (2001-2007), he worked closely on biotechnology commercialisation with leading biotechnology groups. He held several visiting professor positions/ appointments, including the International Business School of the Nihon University, Japan.

    Dr Liyanage has contributed to innovation, knowledge and management practices in public sector organisations and private industry and his work with CERN ATLAS is internationally recognised. He was also the founding member and the Program Manager of the UNESCO based Science and Technology Policy Asian Network (STEPAN). As the program manager of STEPAN, he has contributed to science and technology development in many developing nations in Asia. Shantha has extensive experience in applied techniques for fostering technology and innovation through his consultancy experience with various Government and International development Agencies such as the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, UNESCO and AusAid and Governments in Asia and Pacific.

    He has contributed to theories of innovation, knowledge and intellectual capital and international business strategies and leadership, and is also on the International Advisory Board of Exploring Learning and Leadership Theories Association (ELLTA). He is also Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Leaning and Change, Inderscience, UK. Dr Liyanage is an active researcher, and his areas of expertise include: Innovation Audit, Knowledge Management, Intellectual Property Management, Project Evaluation, Organisational Innovation, and Management of Research and Development. In addition to his academic credentials, Dr Liyanage also has extensive industry experience in learning and development field.

    National governments, private industry and individual entrepreneurs have been largely responsible for developing various scientific institutions, social infrastructure and human capability to make continuous improvements to agricultural, health, environment and industry. Most of these organisations have played an important role in building scientific and technological capacity and scientific and technological culture.

    We all have come to the realisation that all organisations, whether private or public, have to innovate to develop useful products, processes or service improvements. Social transformation is associated with continuous innovation and innovation make organisations responsive, agile and efficient to deal with challenges in 21st Century.

    Innovation is about complex interactions among various actors and institutions who are responsible for introducing new or improved ways of doing things which will have some significant changes to economy and society. Social transformation through innovation also associates with spiritual and social development. We need to have honest governments, ethical people, reliable systems if we ever wants the concept of National Innovation System to work.

    This key note address outlines Asian experience in organising and implementing national innovation system and the challenges faced by countries with reference to learning, knowledge creation and disseminating innovation.

Conference Program