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Spring 2012-2013
* EGR 437 / MAE 437 / ELE 437  

Innovation Process Leadership

Karl H. Zaininger

In today's hypercompetitive global marketplace, innovation is the lifeblood of any business enterprise. This practical course exposes students to the fundamental aspects of leading the technological innovation process: from strategy formulation, idea generation, invention/concept development, through business plan preparation and decision making to commercialization, critical success factors, process optimization and corporate agility. It covers the basic practices required to become technology-savvy leaders in a complex technological society.

Sample reading list:
W.L. Miller and L.Morris, Fourth Generation R&D
M.L.Patterson, Accelerating Innovation
T. Davila, M.J. Epstein, R. Shelton, Making Innovation Work

Reading/Writing assignments:
Preparation for each class requires the reading of the assigned PPT slides and assigned articles (~50 pages per week) - all timely posted on Blackboard.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Final Exam - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Understanding of the basic principles of science, engineering, technology and business. A keen interest in the role that creativity, ingenuity, entrepreneurial spirit, leadership and discipline play in the generation of new ideas/concepts and their transformation into successful products and/or services that can be commercialized..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42723 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   Friend Center   108   Enrolled:6 Limit:30