NC State Poole College’s Center for Innovation Management Studies

The Center for Innovation Management Studies (CIMS) at the NC State University Poole College of Management has organized a packed agenda for its fall meeting to be held October 25 through 27, 2011, at the Marriott City Center, 500 Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, N.C.

Nearly a dozen presenters will cover topics related to innovation management and how to become a decision-ready organization, including academic and practitioner research updates in the areas of innovation management, technology commercialization, breakthrough innovation, and the role of market intelligence in supply chain management.

CIMS’s semi-annual meetings are open to members of business and industry, the academic community, and others interested in research-based knowledge and practitioner experience. There is a fee of $240 to attend all sessions, with payment options by individual sessions also available. Details regarding registration and accommodations are available online at

Topics to be covered at CIMS’s October meeting include:

– ‘Decision-Ready Intelligence: Informed insights for Important Decisions,’ a keynote presentation by Merrill Brenner, author and a consultant with more than 20 years’ experience in business and technology intelligence, decision processes and strategic planning.

– Developing Supply Chain Capability through Market Intelligence, a presentation by Dr. Rob Handfield, Bank of American University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at the NC State Poole College of Management, based on his latest research on the topic.

– Paradoxes of Innovation: Enabling Agile Decision Making, by Dr. Marianne Lewis, associate dean for undergraduate programs, director of the Kolodzik Business Scholars and professor of management at the University of Cincinnati’s Linder College of Business.

– Building a Management System for Breakthrough Innovation, by Dr. Gina Colarelli O’Connor, director of the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institutes’ Lally School of Management and Technology.

– Innovation Management Maturity Assessment – a Practitioner’s Experience, by Kenneth Perry, project director for BASF North American Coatings. He will discuss the methodology used for customizing this CIMS-developed assessment tool for his organization and plans for taking the tool deeper into the organization. More than 1,000 participants have completed the tool todate across five North American business units within BASF.

– Inventor on Fire, by Steve Todd, director of EMC’s global innovation network. He will discuss his career shift from 25 years as a serial intrapreneur to director of EMC’s global innovation network.

– TEC Renaissance, a status report on this 3-year CIMS-sponsored research project that is updating the technology entrepreneurship commercialization methodology used in Poole College’s Jenkins MBA curriculum and at other academic institutions in the U.S. and globally. The research and modification of the process is looking at the inclusion of the following elements and available tools; business intelligence, sustainability management, services, global market opportunity and Intrapreneurship. Presenters are Dr. Stephen Markham and Dr. Ted Baker, both associate professors in Poole College’s Department of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MIE).

– A presentation on the new technologies and capabilities being built into NC State’s James B. Hunt, Jr., library, currently under constructions on the university’s Centennial Campus. Presenters are Kristin Antelman, associate director, digital library; Patrick Deaton, assistant director, learning spaces and capital management; and Susan Nutter, vice provost and director of libraries, NC State University. This library will possess state-of-the-art technology and create strong digital web presence. It will have a large impact on how NC State incorporates cloud computing.

– A student team report on its practicum project, completed as part of Poole College’s Jenkins MBA course on people management taught by Dr. Roger Mayer, professor of organizational behavior in the MIE department. Several of Poole College’s graduate faculty members also will provide an overview of opportunities for business and industry to engage with the college through practicum and internship experiences.

CIMS meeting participants also are invited to attend Poole College’s Seventh Annual BioSciences Forum on Friday, October 28, 7 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park, N.C. There is no charge for this program but registration is requested. Individuals may register for both programs at the CIMS website. Confirmed presenters at this year’s Forum are:

– Harry Reynolds, director of health industry transformation, Global Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry at IBM

– Mark Augusti, president of Orthopaedics Trauma and Clinical Therapies, Smith & Nephew, Inc.

– Chris MacDonald, site director, Novartis vaccines and diagnostics

About the Center for Innovation Management Studies (CIMS)

CIMS is an academic-industry center that studies technological innovation and its management. It disseminates that knowledge through its biannual meetings, executive programs, and newsletters, helping companies achieve bottom-line results. CIMS is based in the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, N.C. Poole College offers undergraduate and graduate education in accounting, business administration, and economics, and custom and open enrollment programs through Executive Programs, LLP.

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