An Introduction to Innovation: Tools for Career Success
The course exposes students to a wide range of concepts and skills required to successfully navigate innovation-focused careers in small, medium, or large businesses or institutions. Areas of study include intellectual property, market and industry analysis, product-market fit, equity and stock options, program and project management, communication, and securing investment and funding.
Compensation, Funding, and Ownership
Ownership in any size business is a continuum that ranges from 100% investor owned to 100% employee owned. Students will thoroughly deconstruct this continuum from all perspectives (as employees, founders, and investors) and learn by role playing how the myriad of models affects compensation and a company and society's culture.
Technology-Inspired Business Models
This course provides the framework that helps innovators understand the difference between Innovative Value Creation and Innovative Value Capture. Built around a series of analytical tools, this course uses lectures, guest speakers, classroom discussions, group activities and personal research to explore the applications and interactions of these tools.
Innovation and Intellectual Property Strategy
This course examines intellectual property (IP) strategies for new ideas and startups, including barriers to entry for competitors and infringement risk reduction. Topics include IP procurement, technology transfer, due diligence, and preparing for and avoiding litigation. Students should have their own research to apply what's learned in the class.
Business Math for Innovators
This course introduces non-business students to the essentials of “business math.” Students will learn how existing departments or new companies raise funding, develop profit, deal with costs, mitigate risk and more - the basics of business performance and valuation through the numbers.
Interpersonal Skills: Leveling Up to Leadership
This course is designed to help graduate students understand and manage themselves in the workplace. Using the framework of Emotional Intelligence, the students will learn tools and techniques to better understand themselves and others. Additionally, they will learn how to build strong interpersonal relationships in the workplace and in teams.
|ENTR 599. 020|
Project Management and Consulting
This course introduces the tasks and challenges fundamental to project management, the vital function of managing complex projects; and consulting, the business of giving expert advice. Successful project managers and consultants possess the skills necessary to manage their teams, clients, activities, schedules, risks, communications and resources to produce a desired outcome.
|ENTR 599. 021|
Behind the Design Curtain: Strategies for Product Development
The course is a hands-on, interactive, immersion into personal creativity and the design thinking process. Using tools for self-awareness, discovery and curiosity, the course will explore how people, places and practices foster human creativity. Students will discuss: What is creativity? How can a person become more creative? In order to become more creative, students must be willing to look within themselves and share what they find. The design thinking portion of the course will include a team assignment exploring problem framing and solution analysis, as well as storytelling practices via presentations at the end of the semester. The course's objectives for its students will be; A paradigm shift- to learn about other ways of thinking and principles that can pivot their approach to viewing and reacting to the world, Defining creativity- to create a working definition so that the students can achieve a clearly identified goal, ID your personal creative style via discovering what you are most enthusiastic about and what types of endeavors make you excited to create, Discuss methods and approaches that contribute to individual, team and organizational creativity- how you can bring down barriers to creative thinking and the importance of attitude and positive affirmations, Develop a skill set and program of continuing study and practice that develops creative mentors, practices and environments, Gain confidence in your creative talent, Learn the importance of consumer / audience qualitative research and understanding in the design process, Develop a working knowledge of the design thinking process, Practice problem framing and solution analysis to help with organizational design, Learn how to apply the design thinking process to build solutions and innovations, Expand creative ability and increase productivity and happiness by learning about obstacle removal in creative practice, and Explore team building exercises and processes with the hope that there will be a resulting change in attitude--that our thoughts and actions are not in isolation. Partnership and community are critical to both creative living and design success.