German Jordanian University Innovation ecosystem

The German Jordanian University in early 2014 started the development of innovation and entrepreneurship center to support its students and staff on startups development and innovation. The proposed model was introduced in the workshop. The following presentation highlights the model.

As a first step to the implementation of the center, it is important to develop the entrepreneurship ecosystem and integrate the university center with the local ecosystem. The following program was used in the workshop to assess and engage the actors in Jordan on building the local entrepreneurship ecosystem

More than 50 local/international organizations in the innovation and entrepreneurship support participated in the workshop. The following report highlights the main findings and recommendations from the workshop.

 

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Workshop on Entrepreneurship and Innovation at GJU

The Office for Industrial Links at GJU in cooperation with Queen Rania Center for entrepreneurship (QRCE), organized a workshop on entrepreneurship and innovation, which is a part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), on Wednesday 20 November 2013.

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a worldwide movement that celebrates and promotes entrepreneurship in more than 125 countries. The movement will touch and engage millions of people throughout the world. The Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship is the Official Host for GEW. The event included many sessions started up with Mr. Mohammad Obaidat, Program Manager at QRCE, who defined GEW as an awareness campaign supported by world leaders and celebrity entrepreneurs. It is about unleashing ideas and doing what it takes to bring them to life—spotting opportunities, taking risks, solving problems, being creative, building connections and learning from both failure and success.

Arch. Maisa Al Shomali, Committee Head of the JEA Graduation Projects Competition, gave a presentation entitled “Bridging the Gap between Academia and Industry, JEA Graduation Projects Competition”.

“Competition of Graduation Projects Conducted at the Industrial Sector“ was presented by Eng. Fadel Labadi, Manager of the Industrial Development Department from the Amman Chamber of Industry.

For his part Eng. Jamil Khatib, Innovation Consultant from Ibtikar, talked about Innovative Graduation Projects. Eng. Alia Gharaibeh, Faculty Member of the School of Management and Logistics at GJU, took part to talk about Entrepreneurship 4 Myths.

Dr. Yousef Abdalat, Director of National Program of Faculty for Factory, explained what the aim of (FFF). Dr. Sami Alnajjar, Faculty Member of the School of Management and Logistics at GJU, gave a very impressive presentation entitled “Unlimited Value: Entrepreneurship with Emotional Intelligence”.

“Leader in Progress –A charity Initiative “was presented by Mr. Fahad Qarasmeh and Ms. Hala Jurf, GJU students. Dr. Abdel Monem M. Rawashdeh, CEO of the Applied Scientific Research Fund (ASRF), presented “from Research to Investment (R2I)“.

GJU participated for the first time in this global event and is looking forward to implement different activities tackling entrepreneurship in the near future.

The article is published in GJU newsletter

English:

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Arabic:

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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013 at GJU

During the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2013 I participated with a session at the German Jordanian University. My session focused on students graduation projects and how to develop them to target real industrial needs.

The session entitled: “Towards innovative graduation projects” and the presentation was close to this one

Moreover the GEW inspired me to write an article about the gap between industry and academia. Cup of Coffee: The distance between industry and academia

 

Barriers of Applying Gained Knowledge of Training Programs in Organizations

Barriers of Applying Gained Knowledge of Training Programs in Organizations

A presentation delivered at 3rd Symposium with the theme “Professional Training in Developing Human Capital”, 17-18 September 2013, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia organized by King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital

 

Presentation abstract

Capacity building programs aim to provide the human resources of organizations with the right knowledge that will enable them to perform their tasks, improve their skills and capabilities to innovate in their activities. Although all kind of trainings (on the job, public, etc.) help in providing the knowledge and skills, but still organizations may suffer from the lack of applying the gained knowledge in achieving the tasks, not to mention the lack of creativity spirit.
This is because the lack of knowledge and skills are not the only barriers in utilizing the knowledge in organizations. Such novel skills and knowledge to organizations are considered as changes or innovations and have more barriers than the lack of knowledge (do not know) which is the first barrier in overcoming innovations. The other three barriers are the lack of will (not willing to do), the lack of capability (cannot do) and the lack of permission (not allowed). Although these four barriers might seem trivial, but the lack of knowledge is the easiest to identify through training need assessment and get solved. The other barriers involve several factors that cannot be easily identified without understanding the organizational culture, strategies, or policies. Even if these barriers are identified, trainings alone can solve them.
In order to identify those barriers, they must be included in the training or capacity building need assessment process where:
– The lack of capabilities in general can be identified through the availability of human and financial resources and can be overcome through providing those resources.
– The lack of permission can be identified through the organizational culture, policies and regulations which can be overcome by changing the organizational policies to utilize the gained knowledge.
– The lack of willing can be identified with personal characteristics or needs which can be overcome by identifying those needs and reducing their effects.
– The lack of knowledge can be recognized through the traditional training need assessment which identifies the technical knowledge and offer the right training program.

In my presentation I will highlight the different four barriers and how they can be identified. I will discuss the opportunities of overcoming them to complement the training and knowledge acquisition as part of the capacity building programs. Besides that I will show case one of my capacity building projects and how I utilized the four-barriers concept to develop that program.

 

Symposium Program

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 Presentation

Innovation and Creativity stimulation in organizations

“Innovation and Creativity stimulation in organizations” A workshop delivered at 3rd Symposium with the theme “Professional Training in Developing Human Capital”, 17-18 September 2013, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia organized by King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital

 

Workshop abstract

Siemens, Toyota, IKEA, Google, Apple, TATA, P&G and Skype are some of the most successful companies in the world; nevertheless they are among the top innovative companies.  Those companies managed to reach to this stage not only through investment but also through stimulating systematically creativity and innovation in their organizations.

Thinking out of the box and creativity cannot be implemented by demanding employees to do so, because of the nature of human thinking which can be creative only under suitable environment and the right conditions.

This workshop will discuss how creativity of employees can be stimulated through policies, methods and processes.

تحفيزالإبتكار والإبداع في المؤسسات
وسايب هي بعض من أكر TATA، P & G ، وجوجل، وأبل ،IKEA ، سمنز، تويوتا
الركات نجاحا في العالم، ومن أكر الركات المبتكرة . تمكنت تلك الركات
للوصول إلى هذه المرحلة ليس فقط من خال الاستثمار ولكن أيضا من خال
تحفز الإبداع والابتار بشل منهي في منظماتهم.
التفكر خارج الصندوق والإبداع لا يمكن تحقيقها من خال الطلب من الموظفن
أن يبدعوا . حيث أن طبيعة التفكر البري يمكنها أن تبدع فقط حال توفر البيئة
المناسبة والظروف الملائمة والصحيحة.
ورشة العمل هذه ستناقش كيف يمكن تحفز إبداع الموظفن من خال السياسات
والإجراءات والمفاهم.

 

Symposium Program

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Creative thinking program for schools

Creative thinking program

“Thinking is a skill; it can be developed and improved if one knows how”- Edward de Bono

Introduction:

The purpose of thinking is to collect information and to make the best possible use of it. Because of the way the mind works to crate fixed concept patterns we cannot make the best use of new information unless we have some means for restructuring the old patterns and bringing them up to date. Our traditional methods of thinking teach us how to refine such patterns and establish their validity. But we shall always make less than the best use of available information unless we know how to create new patterns and escape from the dominance of the old ones. Vertical thinking is concerned with proving or developing concept patterns. Lateral thinking is concerned with restructuring such patterns (insight) and provoking new ones (which we can call creativity). Lateral and vertical thinking are complementary. Skill in both is necessary. Yet the emphasis in education has always been exclusively on vertical thinking (critical and logical thinking).

In order to practice the Lateral Thinking, De Bono was the first to suggest several methods such as the six thinking hats which supports the human mind to look at problems from new perspectives, which enables finding solutions to problems in different ways and create ideas for novel products.

This creative thinking program will help the youth to learn the creative thinking and how to stimulate their minds to look at problems in different ways to find non-traditional solutions.

Through the course not only techniques related to lateral thinking and six thinking hats will be used but also other techniques will be discussed such as mind maps that can help to visualize the thinking to focus and have overall view of problems.

In order to have creative thinking it is important to be able to collect wide range of information and remember them on demand. For that memory enhancement tools will be studied using creative thinking techniques such as mind maps for visualization and imagination.

Moreover creative thinking is used to generate ideas and solutions for that within this program, some techniques will be discussed to generate new ideas such as brain storming and random words to switch the thinking context. All that will be combined within the six thinking hats technique.

Program objectives

  • Introduce creative thinking techniques (Lateral thinking and six thinking hats method, etc.)
  • Introduce how the creativity can be learned, practiced and stimulated on demand
  • Increase the motivation of the youth to solve problems in creative ways

Target group

 kids of age 14-16 years old

Contents

  • Thinking, creativity and minds
  • Creativity barriers
  • Creativity Techniques
    • Mind maps
    • Lateral and Vertical Thinking
  • Creativity and memory enhancement
  • Ideas Generation techniques
    • Brain storming sessions
    • Random words
  • Six Thinking Hats
    • White Hat (Facts and Information)
    • Red Hat (Emotions and Feelings)
    • Black Hat (Cautious and Careful)
    • Yellow Hat (Speculative-Positive)
    • Green Hat (Creative Thinking)
    • Blue Hat (Control of Thinking)

Sessions:

The program was conducted for 2 groups of distinguished kids of Jerusalem schools in June 2013.

Selected slides of the program:

مواضيع برنامج التفكير الابداعي لطلبة المدارس

–          الإبداع ومعوقاته

–           تقنيات الإبداع

–         الخرائط الذهنية

–         التفكير العمودي والجانبي

–         تطبيقات التفكير الجانبي

–         الابداع وتنمية الذاكرة

–          تقنيات توليد الأفكارو حل المشاكل

–         العصف الذهني

–         الكلمات العشوائية

–         قبعات التفكير الست

–          القبعة البيضاء (الحقائق ومعلومات)

–         القبعة الحمراء (المشاعر وعواطف)

–          القبعة السوداء (الحذر والحرص)

–          القبعة الصفراء (الإيجابية)

–          القبعة الخضراء (التفكير الإبداعي)

–          القبعة الزرقاء (مراقبة التفكير)