Prof Dr Monika Petraite is s a full Professor at the Department of Strategic Management, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania.
The research focus is on innovation management (networked, open innovation, responsible innovation), knowledge intensive entrepreneurship and strategies (organizational innovation culture and dynamic capabilities for innovation. She is an author of more than 50 research papers, 10 textbooks, contributed as a member of highest level expert group to the EC DG for Research “The role of community research policy in the knowledge-based economy”, is in the core-expert group advising the Lithuanian Ministry of Economy in Innovation policy design and implementation. Along her academic career, she has been contributing to many comparative studies on Innovation dynamics and policies while acting as a National Expert for Lithuania, in European Trend Chart on Innovation, Pro-Inno, ERAWATCH and ETEPS studies in the period of 2000 – 2010, and also developed core research studies at the national level that led to national innovation and cluster policy making. She leads an interdisciplinary research group in organizational innovation and entrepreneurship research, and is a head of Open Innovation research cluster at KTU.
She is a founding member of European Association of Knowledge Management, International Society for Professional Innovation Management member, EURAM member, and Knowledge Economy Forum of Lithuania member. She is also an Editorial Board member to the Journal of Social Sciences and the Journal of Public Policy and Administration.
Since 2004 she acted as a Research Director at the Institute of Business Strategy, Kaunas University of Technology. In 2011 – 2013 she was a dean to the Faculty of Social Sciences and an interim dean of the Faculty of Humanities, leading a large change and merger project. In 2014 she took a position of the Interim director to the Executive School, while now she is the Head of the Department of Strategic Management. She is also a scientific board member at ISIS ESSEC, France, and advisory board member at Sheffield Halam University Business School.
She has gained her research competencies while partial PhD studies at SDA Bocconi, joining large European research networks, and working on the joint research with many European Institutions, i.e. TUHH, ISIS ESSEC, Lappeenranta University of Technology and others. She is visiting professor at ESSEC executive education programmes and Skolkovo Tech (Moscow). She is also Stanford technology venturing faculty fellows programme graduate, Certified Gestalt organizational consultant and inspirational speaker.
Innovation for change: Are we really in charge of the process?
The speed and shape of technology and globalization driven societal development has reached braking point. We are forced to address fundamental changes in our thinking, technology empowering, personal behaviors and value systems. Terrorism and national security, energy and sustainability, pollution and food, education and technology, health challenges and life expectancy – these are only few broad lines of challenges that we are addressing today, where failure in innovativeness and excellence bears tremendous societal and environmental cots every day. Sense of urgency, and speed of innovation; sophisticated capability to fail and reboot on innovation journey; innovation readiness of an individual, and a society as a whole – these are only few of the issues to be addressed in an innovation lecture.