"Agile", "crowdfunding", "lean", "open innovation"—the nature of innovation is radically changing in the 21st century. How can technical professionals thrive amidst the new models, tools and processes that are creating faster cycles of disruption? This course will address challenges faced by technical managers in creating and sustaining innovation across a wide range of organizations and environments: from government labs to Fortune 1,000 companies to small businesses and startups. Students will learn the many issues involved in turning creative ideas into a product or service and how to gain support for projects, demonstrate value of the innovation, scale to a profitable venture, and sustain the innovation through successive competitive life cycles. Students will also learn about the challenges and techniques for sustaining innovative cultures in large organizations and how to foster "intrepreneurship"—the concept of creating innovations within the processes and cultures of an already established organization. Case studies and interviews with experienced senior managers will provide students with the latest real-world insights.
Course prerequisites: 
Introduction to 595.460 Project Management or permission from the program chair.
Course notes: 
Lectures are offered asynchronously online with a required weekly seminar-type virtual-live option. Lectures and videos will be available asynchronously online. The weekly seminar-type presentation/discussion may be attended in person or via web meeting. This course includes a weekend session to be attended in person at a designated JHU site or via web conference. The practicum may also include working sessions on the team project that may be attended in person or via web conference. Please refer to the course schedule for updated information.
Course instructor: 
Geertsen, McLoughlin

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