Dr Katharina De Vita PhD, MSc, BA Hons

Senior Lecturer in Creativity and Innovation

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Dr Katharina De Vita

Dr Katharina De Vita

Senior Lecturer in Creativity and Innovation


Dr Katharina De Vita is a Lecturer in Creativity and Innovation in the Department for Systems Management and Strategy at the University of Greenwich Business School. Prior to joining the University of Greenwich in September 2020, Katharina was Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI) at the University of Cambridge.

Katharina’s research interests revolve around innovation management. More specifically, her research focuses on co-creation in innovation spaces such as living labs. During her time at CSTI, she was academic lead of the Manufacturing Made Smarter Innovation Hubs project leading a team of researchers and consultants supporting Innovate UK and informing the development of Smart Factory and Digital Supply Chain Innovation Hubs in the UK. Her work attracts the interest of the international academic community, managers as well as policy makers and is disseminated through a number of articles, conference papers, policy briefings, reports, webinars, blogs, podcasts and a book chapter. Katharina is currently guest editor for the R&D Management special issue, entitled “Places and spaces of collaborative R&D and innovation”. Insights from her research informed the development of the multi-million-pound Innovation Hubs at London Bridge and Euston Station.

Prior to joining the University of Greenwich, Katharina taught students at the University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University, Cairo University, Carlo Cattaneo University in Italy, and Zhejiang University in China. Currently, she teaches a range of business and management subjects to bachelor, master and executive MBA students at the University of Greenwich. Katharina is Personal and Placement tutor as well as Module leader for two undergraduate courses. She is department Quality Assurance and Employability lead and department lead for the Vygo peer mentoring scheme.

Katharina completed her EPSRC-funded PhD in Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where she was part of the Cambridge Service Alliance. Her PhD thesis, entitled “Facilitating Co-creation in Living Labs” was shortlisted for the ISPIM Dissertation Award 2020. Katharina holds a MSc in Management from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (distinction) and a BA (Hons) in International Business from the University of Greenwich (first class). Previously, Katharina worked for Bloomberg Institute, the educational division of Bloomberg LP in London and for Walt Disney World in Florida, USA.

Responsibilities within the university

Systems Management and Strategy Department

  • Quality Assurance Lead
  • Employability Lead
  • Module Leader
  • Personal and Placement Tutor
  • Vygo peer mentoring scheme Lead

Faculty

  • Learning and Teaching Festival committee member (2021).
  • Editor of Learning and Teaching Festival blog series (2021).

University

  • SHIFT Committee member (2021-2022).
  • Curriculum Framework working group (employment focused) (2021).
  • PhD Student mentor (Programme by the University of Greenwich Doctoral Society).

Awards

  • Shortlisted for the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) Dissertation Award (2020).
  • Invited to the Asian Deans' Forum – The Rising Stars Women in Engineering, Seoul/South Korea (2019).
  • IfM Postdoctoral Award for Excellence in Academic Citizenship (2019).
  • Lundgren Fund (2019).
  • Newnham College Research and Travel Award, University of Cambridge (2016, 2017).
  • Newnham College Continuing Research Studentship, University of Cambridge (2016).

Recognition

Editorial Experience

  • Guest editor for R&D Management, Special Issue: “Places and Spaces of Collaborative R&D and Innovation – Physical, Virtual and Cognitive contexts” (on-going).
  • Learning and Teaching Festival blog series, Greenwich Business School (2021).

Reviewer

  • International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) conference (2021).
  • R&D Management journal & conference (2020, 2021).
  • SHIFT conference (2020, 2021).
  • World Open Innovation Conference (WOIC) (2019, 2020).
  • Business Research Quarterly journal (2019, 2020).
  • Service Science Journal (2018, 2019).
  • Academy of Management conference (2018).
  • European Academy of Management conference (2017).
  • Wirtschaftsinformatik journal (2017).

Panels

  • Member of a review panel for Innovate UK (2021).
  • Speaker and jury member of Connective Cities City Lab Hackathon (2021).

Teaching

  • Certified Management & Business Educator (CMBE) (2021).
  • “Teaching Associates’ Programme” (TAP), University of Cambridge. TAP is accredited by the HEA (2019-20).

Research / Scholarly interests

Katharina’s research interests revolve around innovation management. More specifically, her research focuses on innovation spaces such as living labs. Recently, she served as jury member and consultant to the Connective Cities City Lab Hackathon event. Katharina was academic lead of the Manufacturing Made Smarter Innovation Hubs project supporting Innovate UK and informing the development of Smart Factory and Digital Supply Chain Innovation Hubs in the UK. During her PhD, she has worked on a project funded by New Economic Models in the Digital Economy (NEMODE). Katharina’s work attracts the interest of the international academic community, managers as well as policy makers and is disseminated through a number of articles, conference papers, policy briefings, reports, webinars, blogs, podcasts and a book chapter. Insights from her research informed the development of the multi-million-pound Innovation Hubs at London Bridge and Euston Station.

Katharina also engages in pedagogic research. She regularly presents her work at internal and external conferences about learning, teaching and assessment. Currently, she is leading the COWS (co-creation with students) project which involves students as partners. The project provides students with opportunities to interview entrepreneurs. The recordings are used to develop new case studies and podcasts for her teaching. The project also promotes skills development for both students and researchers. Katharina’s pedagogic research is disseminated through blogs and articles.

Recent publications

Katharina De Vita has previously published work under her maiden name ‘Greve’.

Journal Articles

  • De Vita, K. and De Vita, R. (forthcoming). “Expect the unexpected: Investigating co-creation projects in a Living Lab”. Technology Innovation Management Review.
  • Greve, K. and Tan, A. (2021). “Reimagining the role of technology in higher education: The new normal and learners’ likes”. Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching.
  • Greve, K., De Vita, R., Leminen, S., and Westerlund, M. (2021). “Living Labs: From niche to mainstream innovation management”. Sustainability, 13(2), pp. 791-816.
  • Greve, K., Leminen, S., De Vita, R. and Westerlund, M. (2020). “Unveiling the diversity of scholarly debate on living labs: A bibliometric approach”. International Journal of Innovation Management, 24(08).
  • Joncourt, S., Gebauer, H., Reynoso, J., Cabrera M., K. V., Valdes, A. and Greve, K. (2019) “Extending the Base-of-the-Pyramid (BoP) Concept“. Service Science Journal, 11(3), pp. 241-261.

Book Chapter

  • Greve, K., Jonas, J., Moeslein, K. and Neely, A. (2020) “Unlocking unique value through co-creation in open laboratories” in Fritzsche, A., Jonas, J. M., Roth, A. and Moeslein, K. (eds.) Innovating in the Open Lab: The new potential for interactive value creation across organizational boundaries. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 81-91.

Conference papers

  • Leminen, S., Greve, K., Rajahonka, M. and Westerlund, M. (2021) “Inside the Black Box: Innovation Dynamics in Urban Living Labs”. The International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) Virtual Conference 2021.
  • Greve, K., Vasudevan, S., De Vita, R., O’Sullivan, E. and Carstens, A. (2021). “Mind the Gap: Characterising Innovation Environments across Disciplines”. The International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) Virtual Conference 2021.
  • Leminen, S., Greve, K., Rajahonka, M. and Westerlund, M. (2021) “Inside the Black Box: Innovation dynamics in Living Labs”. The International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) Virtual Conference 2021.
  • Greve, K., Leminen, S., De Vita, R. and Westerlund, M. (2020). “Mapping the Living Lab Debate: Origins and Future Research Directions”. The International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) Virtual Conference 2020.
  • Greve, K. and O’Sullivan, E. (2019). “Demonstration environments for emerging technologies: Insights from a living lab”. The International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) Conference 2019 in Florence/Italy.
  • Greve, K. (2018) „The Five Ps for Co-creation Facilitation in Living Labs“. 5th World Open Innovation Conference (WOIC) Annual Conference 2018 in San Francisco/USA.
  • Greve K., Martinez, V. and Neely, A. (2018). “Co-creation in Practice: Objectives and Outcomes”. 25th Innovation and Product Development Management Conference (IPDMC) Annual Conference 2018 in Porto/Portugal.
  • Greve, K., Martinez, V. and Neely, A. (2017). “Bridging the Co-creation Gap between Customers, Companies and Living Lab”. 24th European Operations Management Association (EurOMA) Annual Conference 2017 in Edinburgh/Scotland.
  • Greve K., Martinez, V., Jonas, J., Neely A. and Moeslein, K. (2016). “Managing co-creation in open innovation labs: The JOSEPHS’ lab study”. 23rd European Operations Management Association (EurOMA) Annual Conference 2016 in Trondheim/Norway.

Practitioner and policy-oriented outputs

  • De Vita, K. and De Vita, R. (2021) “From “ivory tower” to “real world”: Transforming learning, teaching and research through Living Labs.” Learning and Teaching Festival blog series.
  • Greve, K., De Vita, R., Lopez-Gomez, C., Masood, T., Labrunie, M., O’Sullivan, E. (2021) “Manufacturing Made Smarter Innovation Hubs: An interim report for Innovate UK”. Report for Innovate UK and full stage applicants of UK MMS Innovation Hubs competition.
  • Greve, K. and O’Sullivan, E. (2020) “Navigating the diverse landscape of demonstration environments: Towards a unifying theory to support innovation policy and practices.” Policy Briefing Note. Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy.
  • De Vita, R., Greve, K., Sarabi, Y. and Vasudevan, S. (2019) “The Wandsworth Healthcare Ecosystem: An Interorganizational Perspective”. Report for the Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network (WCEN).
  • Greve, K. (2018). Promoting Innovation through Living Labs”. Article available on R&D Today website.
  • Greve, K. (2018). “What cities can learn from companies that employ co-creation”. Podcast available on Changing Gears Expedition website.
  • Greve, K. (2017). Bridging the Co-creation Gap between Customers, Companies and Living Lab, Webinar available on Cambridge Service Alliance website.
  • Greve, K. (2017). 10 myths about co-creation, Article available on IfM website.
  • Greve, K. (2016). “Facilitating Co-creation in Living Labs: The JOSEPHS study”. Poster presented at Cambridge Service Week Industry Conference.
  • Greve, K. and Martinez, V. (2016). Harnessing the Power of Innovation on Offer in Living Labs for Your Company, Podcast available on Cambridge Service Alliance website.
  • Greve, K. (2016). Facilitating Co-creation in Living Labs: The JOSEPHS study, Webinar specifically aimed at policy makers.
  • Greve, K. (2016) Harnessing the power of innovation through living labs”, Blog available on Cambridge Service Alliance website.
  • Greve, K. (2016) Facilitating Co-Creation in Living Labs - The JOSEPHS Study”, Webinar available on Cambridge Service Alliance website.

Presentations

Katharina De Vita has previously delivered presentations under her maiden name ‘Greve’.

  • De Vita, K. (2021) “Co-creating the Future: Principles, People, Place” Capacity Strengthening Capsules, Session 1, Connective Cities Lab Hackathon 2021.
  • Greve, K. (2021) “Places and Spaces of Collaborative R&D and Innovation: Physical, Virtual and Cognitive contexts”. PDW talk, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2021.
  • Greve, K. and De Vita, R. (2021) “Innovation Arenas on Campus: Transforming learning, teaching and research through Living Labs”. Annual Learning and Teaching Festival 2021.
  • Greve, K. and Tan, A. (2021) “Reimagining the role of technology in higher education: The new normal and learners’ likes”. Annual SHIFT conference of learning, teaching and assessment 2021.
  • Greve, K., Lopez-Gomez, C., Masood, T., (2020) “International Review of Digital Manufacturing test beds and living labs: A study for Innovate UK”. Presentation for UK MMS Innovation Hubs competition workshop.
  • Leung, F. and Greve, K. (2019). “Research and Technology Organizations (RTOs) within National Innovation Systems: Measuring Performance and Impact – Continuing the Conversation”. Special interest session presentation. The International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) Conference 2019 in Florence/Italy.
  • Greve, K., Martinez, V., Jonas, J. and Neely, A. (2017). “Facilitating Co-creation in Living Labs: The Customer Perspective”. 9th European Service Operations Management (SOM) Forum in Copenhagen/Denmark.
  • Greve, K. (2017). “Engaging in co-creation to reduce the risks of new product and service development”, Presentation at the Community of Interest (COI) meeting, a quarterly event for Cambridge Service Alliance partner companies.
  • Greve, K. (2016). “Service Co-creation in Living Labs: Innovating with the user, for the user.”, Poster presented at the University of Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall Research Symposium, Oxford/ UK.
  • Greve, K. (2016). “Facilitating Co-creation in Living Labs: The JOSEPHS Study”, Presentation to Fraunhofer Center for Applied Research for Supply Chain Services (SCS), the Chair of Information Systems at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, and JOSEPHS‘ staff.
  • Greve, K. (2016). “Service Co-creation in Living Labs: Innovating with the user, for the user.”, Presentation to the Head of the Policy Lab - Government Innovation Group in the Cabinet Office.
  • Greve, K. (2015). “Service Co-creation in Living Labs”, Presentation to Policy Officers at the European Commission.
  • Greve, K. (2015) “Service Co-creation in Living Labs: Innovating with the user, for the user.”, Presentation and poster presentation at Cambridge Service Week
  • Greve, K., Martinez, V. and Neely, A. (2015). “Exploring service co-creation in living labs: A systematic literature review”. 8th European Service Operations Management (SOM) Forum in Nuremberg/Germany