Jennifer Tann BA, PhD is Professor of Innovation Emerita at the University of Birmingham where she was both Director of Research and Director of the Innovation Centre at the Business School. She taught creativity and innovation management on MBAs and supervised a number of doctoral students. She previously held posts at the universities of Newcastle upon Tyne and Aston and has been a visiting professor at the University of Queensland, Australia. She has lectured at a number of overseas conferences and universities and has also been a management consultant for a number of years. Her contemporary work largely focuses on the processes and outcomes of innovation in organisations – creativity, management of innovation, key performance indicators, change agents and innovators; while her historical work particularly addresses Industrial Revolution technology.
Jennifer’s research and publications cover both contemporary and historic innovation; she has published many books and papers and has appeared on radio and television. She is the author of The Development of the Factory (Cornmarket Press, 1971), Children at Work (Batsford 1981), Wool and Water; the Gloucestershire Woollen Industry and its Mills (History Press, 2012). A past Chair of Stroudwater Textile Trust, she is particularly interested in technological innovation and in communicating textile history to different ages and interest groups.