Ana Bilandzic

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Areas of interest: Idea generation for innovation, creativity, innovation, social innovation, innovation precursors Innovation spaces, innovation hubs, makerspaces, hackerspaces, Living Labs, co-working spaces Spatial and social innovation factors

Master of Science in Business Administration; Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics

Ana is a PhD candidate with the Urban Informatics Research Group at the QUT Design Lab. Her research focuses on emerging new workspaces where innovation occurs to identify and investigate the impact of their social and spatial precursors to innovation. Her background is in Business Administration with majors in market-based management, and innovation and information. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Passau, Germany, and her Master of Science degree from the Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany. During her master and bachelor studies, she gained from internships and studies abroad in Australia, Croatia, and Sweden.

Thesis Title: The New Innovators: A Lifestyle Shaped by Coworking, Travel and Fun – Understanding the Dynamics between Leisure Activities and Idea Generation as a Factor in Innovation

Ana’s doctoral study is guided by two observations in the broad domain of innovation. First, there is a trend of bottom-up innovation. Companies no longer rely only on their R&D staff to innovate. They seek for innovation opportunities from their employees from all departments and from suppliers and customers by integrating open innovation approaches. This allows people to be creative and contribute in their own meaningful way to innovation. Second, innovation and coworking spaces are increasing all over the world. Their users are remote workers, freelancers, and small business employees. I call these spaces casual environments, because they support idea generation and development for innovation development in a more chaotic environment. I aim to explore the precursors of innovation in these environments and how they impact innovation, whereas innovation can be economic, social and ecological. Findings will inform managerial recommendations in regard of financial, policy, staff and special decisions.

Principal Supervisor: Professor Marcus Foth
Associate Supervisor: Professor Greg Hearn

Estimated Completion Date: March, 2021