GIKA 2021. London

London, United Kingdom

11th GIKA. Managing the Complex Change of Advanced and Leading Knowledge, Innovation, Co-Creation and Sustainability
June 28-30, 2021

University of Hertfordshire

22746232439_8bff6a5846_oThe University of Hertfordshire is the UK’s leading business-facing university and an exemplar in the sector. It is innovative and enterprising and challenges individuals and organisations to excel, which has led to its annual contribution to the UK economy being at £1.03 Billion. It supports more than 11,000 jobs in the region, with over 40% of these in Hertfordshire. Over 95% of University of Hertfordshire students are employed or in further study within 6 months of graduating, ranking the university as the second highest University in East of England.

The University of Hertfordshire is one of the top 100 universities in the world under 50 years old according to the Times Higher Education 100 under 50 rankings 2015. It was included in the Times Higher Education list of the 100 most international universities in the world published in January 2015. University of Hertfordshire is one of the top 20 universities in the world to study animation according to this month’s 3DWorld magazine (April 2012). It is a new type of university – innovative, enterprising and business-facing with a commitment to adding value to employers, enterprise, regional and national economies. It offers state-of-the-art facilities, on two campuses, Dehavilland and College Lane campus, with the Learning Resources Centres (LRCs), open 24/7, providing the University with 3,000 study places, 1,200 computer workstations and WiFi for laptop users plus online and print journals (over 38,000) and over 875,000 books (including 375,000 online ebooks). In terms of research, University of Hertfordshire is one of only 50 UK Universities awarded the European Commission HR Excellence in Research badge with its researchers collaborating actively with academic, commercial and governmental organisations across the globe.

Hertfordshire Business School

GIKA 2021 will be hosted by the Hertfordshire Business School, one of the largest schools of the University with almost 3500 students. It offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of business and management, human resources, marketing, accounting and finance, economics, information systems, management sciences and tourism. The Business School is located on the DeHavilland campus and delivers close to 20,000 scheduled learning activities per annum, supporting more than 1 million hours of student learning per annum. From its imparted transformational education and research knowledge the school strives to empower students to become learners and professionals, and become players of the global economy by challenging and innovating business thinking. Amongst other offerings, study abroad and exchange opportunities are offered at over 150 partner universities and business schools across Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America, South America and Africa. In terms of research, the school offers constantly produced innovative and acclaimed research that is wide ranging research and focused on Business and Management research falling within the remit of the research theme of Global Economy. To achieve the world recognised research, there is 24 hour access to the university’s Learning Resources Centres 7 days a week, which allows access to the workstations, software, books and journals needed to produce exceptional work.

Professor Damian Ward Professor Stephen Page Professor Jyoti Choudrie Dr. Festus Oderanti

The county of Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire is the county immediately north of London, in southern England, bordered by Bedfordshire to the north, Cambridgeshire to the north-east, Essex to the east, Buckinghamshire to the west and Greater London to the south. The county lies across major road and rail routes connecting London to the Midlands, Northern England and Scotland. As one of the Home Counties, many towns in the county form part of the London commuter belt. The county town, Hertford, was once the main market town for the medieval agriculture and ranks 13th in population today, deriving its name from a hart (stag) and a ford used as the components of the county’s coat of arms and flag.

In November 2013, the uSwitch Quality of Life Index listed Hertfordshire as the third-best place to live in the UK. Hertfordshire has headquarters of many large well-known UK companies. Hemel Hempstead is home to DSG International. Welwyn Garden City hosts Tesco, as well as Roche UK’s headquarters (subsidiary of the Swiss pharmaceutical firm Hoffman-La Roche) and Cereal Partners production facilities, Pure the DAB radio maker is based in Kings Langley. JD Wetherspoon is in Watford. Comet and Skanska are in Rickmansworth, GlaxoSmithKline has plants in Ware and Stevenage. Hatfield is the small town centre that the University of Hertfordshire is located at.  The town has a regular market and a farmers’ market on the first Sunday of the month. It is also home to an outlet mall called The Galleria located between the College Lane and de Havilland campuses. It contains a variety of shops and restaurants. Hatfield has excellent train and bus connections. London is only a 20 minute train ride away, with access to all that the capital has to offer.

In terms of population, in 2013, the county had a population of 1,140,700 living in an area of 634 square miles (1,640 km2). Four towns have between 50,000 and 100,000 residents: Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Watford and St Albans. The county’s landmarks span many centuries, ranging from the Six Hills in the new town of Stevenage built by local inhabitants during the Roman period, to Leavesden Film Studios. Leavesden filmed much of the UK-based $7.7 Billion box office Harry Potter film series and has the country’s studio tour. The volume of intact medieval and Tudor buildings surpasses London, in places in well-preserved conservation areas, especially in St Albans which includes some remains of Verulamium, the town where in the 3rd century an early recorded British martyrdom took place. Saint Alban, a Romano-British soldier, took the place of a Christian priest and was beheaded on Holywell Hill. His martyr’s cross of a yellow saltire on a blue background is reflected in the flag and coat of arms of Hertfordshire.

A beautiful, historic and renowned site of Hertfordshire is St. Albans Abbey that also hosts University of Hertfordshire’s graduation ceremonies.