On November 5, the Sawyer Business School’s Center for Innovation and Change Leadership will present its annual Global Leadership in Innovation and Collaboration (GLIC) award to Jonathan Klein, co-founder and CEO of Getty Images.

The GLIC award recognizes organizations with exceptional innovation and collaboration practices that have influenced their industry and stakeholders globally.

Robert DeFillippi, co-director of the Center and Sawyer Business School Professor of Strategy and International Business, said Getty Images was a highly deserving recipient. “Getty Images has led the digital media industry in creating, acquiring, and utilizing innovative technologies and new business and licensing models on a global scale,” he said.

During the award ceremony, Klein will discuss how Getty Images became one of the world’s leading digital media companies, powering business communications in more than 100 countries.

Online technology in particular has enabled Getty Images to change the way imagery is shared. “These innovations have helped connect Getty Images with a worldwide community of photographers who provide timely and award-winning imagery utilized by the world's leading newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books, and websites,” DeFillippi said.

Larry Stybel, head of the nominating committee for the annual award and Sawyer Business School executive in residence, agreed. “Smaller companies now can afford an infinite choice of high-quality photographs, and small photographers now can get clients from around the world. Photographers can now view each other's work around the world, get inspired, and talk with each other,” Stybel said.

As part of the Sawyer Business School’s effort to incorporate practical training in the classroom, the University will develop a case study based on Getty Images.

DeFillippi will also interview Klein at the Suffolk University television studio about the importance of innovation in business. Their discussion will be available on the Sawyer Business School’s YouTube page.

Register for the event today. For live updates during the event, follow @SuBizSchool on Twitter and use the hashtag: #GLIC2012.