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Innovation Management Consortium Program

In today’s competitive marketplace, innovation is the key factor in shaping product development and enhancing corporate capabilities. Innovation is no longer a “nice to have” component, but is instead a critical core competency for thriving in a global market.

The IMCP is a five day, team-based Executive Education certificate program. Sessions focus on individual participant development and applied project team work. Projects will directly leverage the Technology Square innovation ecosystem to advance the development of a nascent idea into a new product or service.

Tech Square: Corporate America’s Top Destination.

Lured by Georgia Tech’s talent and research, Fortune 500 corporations such as AT&T Mobility, NCR Corp., Home Depot and Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. have established R&D centers in Tech Square — an 8-block mixed-used development that is home to startups, venture capitalists, research labs and business incubators.

Program Dates

This consortium-based program is designed to accelerate impact on two parallel tracks:
  1. Development at an individual level
  2. Organizational impact through innovation project work
Teams from your company will:
  • Learn latest innovation methodologies
  • Drive new product development through project based learning with live innovation challenges
  • Apply entrepreneurial principles of a lean start-up organization 
  • Collaborate with Atlanta-based innovation leaders while building a networked learning communities

Our experience working with leading global companies, such as The Coca-Cola Company, The Clorox Corporation, Lockheed Martin, GE and Bank of America has provided a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing global companies. 

The IMCP Program incorporates “Leaders Teaching Leaders” concepts into the learning environment. Select sessions are co-taught by academic faculty and corporate leaders, combining cutting-edge business research with real-world practice for a comprehensive learning experience.

Georgia Institute of Technology is world-renown for its broad academic strengths across every technology, science, and business discipline. A leading research institution with significant industry connections and global reach, Georgia Tech’s programs consistently rank among the best in the world.  

Scheller College of Business is uniquely positioned to excel in the management of innovation and technology. Our expertise involves adapting to the rapidly changing world of business through an entrepreneurial approach—leveraging technology to create business opportunity and social value.

Register by emailing Linda Read at
2018 Program Schedule

7:00am–8:00am
Breakfast available / Rich Reading Room


8:00am
Welcome
Dean Maryam Alavi & Professor Nishant Dass


8:30am–10:15am        SESSION 1A
Leadership in the Smart Machine Age
Ed Hess


10:30am–12:00pm     SESSION 1B
Leadership in the Smart Machine Age (Cont'd)
Ed Hess


12:00pm–1:00pm
Lunch / Georgia Tech Hotel


1:00pm–2:30pm        SESSION 1C
Introducing the Business Model Canvas
Nishant Dass


2:45pm–3:45pm
Project Teams Applied Work & Discovery Session 1 / Breakout Rooms
Define the Project's Value Proposition


4:00pm
Departure for Leadership Challenge Center

4:15pm–7:00pm
Teambuilding Workshop

6:30pm
Picnic Dinner Available


7:00am–8:00am
Breakfast available / Rich Reading Room


8:00am–9:45am        SESSION 2A
Navigating Digital Innovations
Dean Maryam Alavi


10:00am–11:45am     SESSION 2B
Customer / Stakeholder Analysis
Tim Halloran


12:00pm–1:00pm
Lunch / Georgia Tech Hotel


12:45pm–2:30pm      SESSION 2C
Understanding Psychological Biases
Merrick Furst


2:45pm–4:30pm
Project Teams Applied Work & Discovery Session 2 / Breakout Rooms


4:30pm–5:00pm
Plenary Connections
Nishant Dass


7:00am–8:00am
Breakfast available / Rich Reading Room


8:00am–9:45am        SESSION 3A
Classroom 311
Design Thinking
Wayne Li


10:00am–11:45am    SESSION 3B
Classroom 311
Business Analytics
Beverly Wright


12:00pm–1:00pm
Lunch / Georgia Tech Hotel


12:45pm–2:00pm     SESSION 3C
Managing Innovation Processes
Karthik Ramachandran


2:00pm–3:00pm
Project Teams Applied Work & Discovery Session 4 / Breakout Rooms


3:15pm–4:30pm      SESSION 3D
Managing Innovation Risk
Cynthia Kantor


4:30pm–5:00pm
Plenary Connections
Nishant Dass


4:30pm–5:00pm
Dean's Reception / Rich Reading Room


7:00am–8:00am
Breakfast available / Rich Reading Room


8:00am–9:30am        SESSION 4A
Acquiring Innovation: M&A as Innovation Strategy
Jonathan Clarke


9:45am–11:45am      SESSION 4B
Innovation Execution & Managing Change
David Sluss


11:45am–12:45pm
Lunch / Georgia Tech Hotel


12:45pm–3:00pm     SESSION 4C
Persuasive Communications
Joey Asher


3:15pm–6:30pm       SESSION 4D
Persuasive Communications (cont'd) & Video Coaching Sessions
Work Session 5
Joey Asher & Coaches


5:00pm–6:30pm
Refreshments & Snacks Available


7:00am–8:00am
Breakfast available / Rich Reading Room


8:00am–9:30am        SESSION 5A
The New Steam: Digitization, Decentralization, and Disruption
Deven Desai


9:30am–10:30am      SESSION 5B
Prototyping Exercise and Action Planning
Panel


10:30am–12:00pm
Project Teams Applied Work & Discovery Session 6


12:00pm–1:00pm
Box Lunch 


1:00pm–3:30pm
Project Report Out Presentations


3:30pm
IoT Keynote Presentation
Douglas Nielson, US Bank


4:00pm
Action Plans & Program Conclusion
Nishant Dass

Anticipated Faculty
Dean Maryam Alavi
Dean Maryam Alavi, Stephen P. Zelnak, Jr. Chair and professor of Information Technology Management, is an expert in IT innovations and strategic applications. She has authored numerous published papers and has served on the editorial boards of several prestigious academic journals. She is a thought leader on technology-mediated learning and an experienced educator who has extensive experience in developing leadership curriculum for business students. Alavi was awarded the distinguished Marvin Bower Faculty Fellowship at Harvard Business School and received the prestigious Association of Information Systems Fellows Award. 
Nishant Dass
Professor Nishant Dass is a tenured professor of finance at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Tech. His teaching interests are in corporate finance, international finance, and entrepreneurship. His research interests lie in empirical corporate finance, with a special focus on financial intermediation, corporate governance, innovation, and supply chains. His papers have been presented in various academic conferences. He has published papers in the Review of Financial StudiesJournal of Financial Economics, and Review of Finance. His work has also been cited in The New York Times.
Merrick L. Furst
Merrick L. Furst, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, runs commercialization and new venture creation and directs undergraduate programs and faculty development in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. He recently founded the anti-botnet startup, Damballa, Inc. Prior to GT he was a professor at UC Berkeley, president of the International Computer Science Institute at Berkeley, and CEO of Essential Surfing Gear, Inc. He also helped establish a new high school in San Francisco.
Wayne K. Li
Wayne K. Li is the James L. Oliver Professor, which is a joint position between the Colleges of Design and Engineering. Through classes and the Innovation and Design Collaboration (IDC), he leads joint teaching initiatives and advances interdisciplinary collaboration between mechanical engineering and industrial design. Previously, Li led innovation and market expansion for Pottery Barn seasonal home products, was an influential teacher in Stanford University’s design program where he taught visual communication and digital media techniques, led ‘interface development’ in Volkswagen of America’s Electronics Research Laboratory, and developed corporate brand and vehicle differentiation strategies at Ford Motor Company.
Karthik Ramachandran
Karthik Ramachandran is an Associate Professor of Operations Management at Scheller College of Business. He obtained his Ph.D. in Operations Management and M.S. in Operations Research from the University of Texas at Austin. He was also a Research Associate at the University of California, San Diego. His areas of interest and research include New Product Development, Operations Strategy, and Behavioral Operations. His research has appeared in journals such as Management ScienceManufacturing & Service Operations ManagementProduction & Operations Management, and IIE Transactions
Katie Huie 
Katie Huie is the Innovation Solutions Manager for Elavon, Inc. Her focus centers on collaboration with strategic partners to deliver new product innovation and drive growth across Elavon’s product portfolio. As part of this role, Katie leads ideation efforts and cross-functional collaboration. She is also focused on Elavon’s Go-to-Market efforts. At Elavon, Katie serves as an innovative change agent. These efforts contribute to business growth and incent cultural change.  Katie is experienced in all areas of the client lifecycle. She has deep knowledge of business development, strategic partnerships, sales, and marketing.
Jonathan Clarke
Jonathan Clarke is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and an Associate Professor of Finance in the Scheller College of Business.  He received his PhD from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Clarke is an award winning teacher.  He was voted the 2009 MBA Core Professor of the Year, was a 2009 Hesburgh Award teaching fellow, and received the 2010 James F. Frazier, Jr. Award for Teaching Excellence.  His paper titled "Long-Run Performance And Insider Trading In Completed And Canceled Seasoned Equity Offerings" won the 2001 William F. Sharpe award for best published paper in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis
David M. Sluss
David M. Sluss is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Scheller College of Business. He has published research in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor at Organizational Psychology Review as well as serving on the editorial boards for Academy of Management Journal. He currently is active educating executives and high potential managers on topics such as leadership and change management. He takes a diagnostic, analytical and behavioral approach to facilitating leadership development.
Joey Asher
Joey Asher is an Adjunct Lecturer at Scheller College of Business. He has worked as an attorney, a newspaper reporter, and a professional communication skills coach. Joey graduated from Cornell University and Emory University Law School. Joey has written several books on presentation skills and selling such as “15 Minutes Including Q & A: A Plan to Save the World from Lousy Presentations”, “How To Win a Pitch: The Five Fundamentals That Will Distinguish You from the Competition”,  “Even a Geek Can Speak: Low-Tech Presentation Skills For High-Tech People”. Joey is currently the president of Speechworks, a public speaking skills training firm based in Atlanta. 
Beverly Wright
Beverly Wright leads the Business Analytics Center at Scheller College of Business.  In her consultative roles for both nonprofits and for profit businesses, she solved critical issues through the use of modeling and advanced analytics.  Beverly earned a PhD in Marketing (emphasis on Research), a Master of Science degree in Analytical Methods, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Decision Sciences from Georgia State University. She also has received a Professional Research Certification from the Marketing Research Association,  and CAP certification from INFORMS.
Tim Halloran
Tim Halloran teaches marketing at the Scheller College of Business.  He has built, directed, and consulted with some of the world's largest brands, including Coca-Cola, Home Depot, Kraft Foods, Procter & Gamble, and Delta Air Lines. Tim is the author of the book, Romancing the Brand: How Brands Create Strong, Intimate Relationships with Consumers which won the 2014 International Book Award, 2015 Axiom Silver Book Award, and was named by Forbes as one of 7 Actionable Books for Smart Entrepreneurs. Tim is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Florida.
Deven Desai
Deven Desai joined the Scheller faculty in fall of 2014 in the Law and Ethics Program. Prior to joining Scheller, Professor Desai was an associate professor of law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, U.C. Davis Law Review, Florida Law Review, and Brigham Young University Law Review. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with highest honors and the Yale Law School, where he was co-editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities.
Cynthia Kantor

Cynthia Kantor is Chief Marketing Officer for GE’s Power Generation Services (PGS) business. She is responsible for all marketing-related activities, including developing and delivering a global marketing strategy to best position PGS in the marketplace. She serves also as the Operations Leader for GE’s Services Council, which creates and guides core service growth strategies across the General Electric Company. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Douglas Nielson

Douglas Nielson is Senior Vice President, Innovation at U.S. Bank.   Doug leads the Research & Development team which focuses on identifying and exploring new concepts, technologies and business models to generate new revenue streams and enable business line growth across the bank. 

Prior to U.S. Bank, Doug held a variety of global product strategy, development and management roles for American Express in the U.S. and Europe.  During his tenure at Amex, Doug was responsible for launching numerous innovative payment solutions.

Edward Hess

Edward Hess spent more than 30 years in the business world. He began his career at Atlantic Richfield Corporation and was a senior executive at Warburg Paribas Becker, Boettcher & Company, the Robert M. Bass Group and Arthur Andersen. He is the author of ten books, over 60 practitioner articles, and over 60 Darden cases, etc. dealing with growth systems, managing growth and growth strategies. His current research focuses on the Darden Growth/Innovation Model, the challenges of managing private company growth, growth systems and behaviors.

April 16-20, 2018
Class times: 8:30am - 5pm
Evening Networking Events

Fee: $4950 per person*

Huang Executive Education Center
Scheller College of Business

Georgia Institute of Technology
800 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30308

  • Teams comprised of high to mid-level directors and managers in new product development, innovation strategy, engineering, marketing, and information technology 
  • Teams will benefit from designated time to work together closely under the guidance of Georgia Tech faculty experts—ideal for inter-company teams or teams of corporate partners
Linda Read, Director of Business Development
Office: 404-385-0553
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