Keynote Speakers



Shaofeng Liu is Professor of Operations Management and Decision Making at University of Plymouth, UK. She is currently the Associate Head of School (Research and Innovation) for Plymouth Business School. Her main research interests and expertise are in knowledge management, decision support systems, business digitalization and e-commerce, as well as enterprise information systems applications for supply chain management, resource efficiency, process improvement, quality management and value chain innovation. She obtained her PhD degree from Loughborough University, UK. She has undertaken a great number of influential, collaborative research projects funded by UK research councils and European Commission with a total value of over €40M. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator for two UK funded projects and three projects funded by European Commission. She has published over 180 peer-reviewed research papers.

She sits on the Management Board for Euro Working Group on Decision Support Systems, an international professional society dedicated to decision making and decision support systems. She is on the Editorial Boards for a number of international journals. Recently, she published a new book on “Knowledge Management-An Interdisciplinary Approach for Business Decisions”.

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Nuran is currently Professor of Innovation Management in the Adam Smith Business School. Nuran previously worked at Strathclyde University (UK), Ozyegin University (Turkey), Aalborg University (Denmark), and Bilkent University (Turkey). Nuran has also held Visiting Scholar positions at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), at the London Business School (UK) and Trinity College Dublin (Ireland).

Nuran has published award winning, theory-driven, policy - and practice - relevant articles across the fields of technology innovation, open innovation, digital innovation and innovation strategy. Exploring aspects of technological, open business collaborative models at organizations, Nuran pursues a mainly curiosity driven, yet theoretically rigorous, empirically grounded and practice-relevant, research agenda. She has published more than 60 articles and papers, edited numerous books and publications and has won several awards such as ‘Most Inspirational Conference Paper Award’ and ‘3rd Best Conference Paper Award’ by European Academy of Management Conference (2016), BAM conference Best Development Paper Award’ (2015), EmeraldLiteratiNetwork, Highly Commended Paper Award (2005), EurOMA-POMS Best Conference Paper Award (2003). She is on the editorial Boards of two respected academic journals in innovation research (Journal of Product Innovation Management and Creativity and Innovation Management). Maintaining a consistently upward trajectory of funded research projects, she has secured more than £ 2 million of research funding from: European Space Agency, Britsih Council, Global Challenge Research Found, The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), ESRC, Innovate UK, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and Scottish Enterprise. Nuran is also a sought after speaker for academic conferences and practitioners’ events. Just as importantly, she has established extensive international networks with British, European and American scientists, business people and policy makers.