Upcoming Event | Improving Innovation Outcomes in Asset-Intensive Industries


A Discussion Forum Featuring MIT Prof. Alex Slocum

Please note, this event has been postponed. We expect to be able to run this event later in 2024. Once a new date has been scheduled it will be posted here. Thank you for your interest in this event and we look forward to connecting with you later in the year.

The pace of technological change only seems to get faster and faster, and new innovations are changing the competitive contours of almost every industry at a breakneck pace.  Above and beyond the changes unfolding throughout the rest of the marketplace, however, managers and executives in asset-intensive organisations—a category that typically includes industries like mining, energy, and railways—have long understood that their sectors often face many additional innovation-related challenges that others do not.  Jointly hosted by QUT’s Centre for Future Enterprise and the Asset Institute, this discussion forum will bring together academics, industry practitioners, and government policymakers to discuss the current challenges facing would-be innovators in these industries.  Specific topics to be explored will include:

  • Featured guest Prof. Alex Slocum from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) discussing some of his recent work on innovations within the asset-intensive domain, and shedding light on his team’s different approach to delivering breakthrough concepts.
  • Identifying and exploring some of the innovation-related trends that will be most relevant to asset-intensive organisations in 2024 and beyond.
  • Fresh perspectives on how to build a more innovative organisation in the asset-intensive domain.



Prof. Alex Slocum is the Walter M. May & A. Hazel May Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He has published more than 150 papers, and has been issued over 100 patents. Alex’s work covers a diverse range of interests that includes energy and water systems. He regularly works with companies on the development of new products, and has been significantly involved with the invention and development of 11 products that have been awarded R&D 100 awards. Alex is a Fellow of the ASME and the recipient of the Society of Manufacturing Engineer’s Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal, ASME Leonardo da Vinci Award, the ASME Machine Design Award, and the Association of Manufacturing Technology Charlie Carter Award.

Prof. Robert K. Perrons is a Professor of Technology and Management at QUT. Prior to joining QUT, Rob worked in a wide variety of roles and locations around the world for Shell International’s Exploration & Production division, and served as the Executive Coordinator of Global Research & Development in the company’s headquarters in the Netherlands. Rob currently serves as a board member on several clean energy technology startups around the world, advises the Australian Government as a member of its Expert Network on matters related to innovation and emerging technologies in the energy and resource sectors, and is a member of the United Nations Expert Group for Energy and Resources.  He is a researcher at QUT’s Centre for Future Enterprise.

Prof. Kevin C. Desouza is a Professor of Business, Technology and Strategy in the School of Management at the QUT Business School. He is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, and is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the China Institute for Urban Governance at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He has published more than 130 articles in journals across a range of disciplines including information systems, information science, public administration, political science, technology management, and urban affairs. A number of outlets have featured his work including Sloan Management Review, Stanford Social Innovation Research, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Businessweek, Wired, Slate.com, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR, and PBS. Kevin is also a researcher at QUT’s Centre for Future Enterprise.