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A Framework for Developing Innovation Competencies

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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June 29, 2016





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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division Technical Session 4

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Pradeep Kashinath Waychal NMIMS University Orcid 16x16

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Dr Pradeep Waychal is a founder trustee and the chair of Guruji Education Foundation that provides holistic support to the education of underprivileged students and operates on funding from friends. The foundation has recently extended its work in diverse areas such research in engineering education, youth employability and teaching computer science to adolescents. Earlier, Dr Waychal has worked at Patni Computer Systems for 20 years in various positions including the head of innovations, NMIMS as the director Shirpur campus and at College of Engineering Pune (COEP) as the founder head of the innovation Center.

Dr Waychal earned his Ph D in the area of developing Innovation Competencies in Information System Organizations from IIT Bombay and M Tech in Control Engineering from IIT Delhi. He has presented keynote / invited talks in many high profile international conferences and has published papers in peer-reviewed journals. He / his teams have won awards in Engineering Education, Innovation, Six Sigma, and Knowledge Management at international events. Recently, his paper won the Best Teaching Strategies Paper award at the most respected international conference in the area of engineering education - Annual conference of American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). His current research interests are engineering education, software engineering, and developing innovative entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

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Innovation is seen as the universal savior and has two elements – generating ideas and delivering value to the stakeholders. In today’s competitive scenario, ‘making innovation work’ has become a strategic imperative. The ‘working of innovation’ depends on processes, technology and individuals. While ample work has been done on developing processes and technologies, little work has been done on developing individuals responsible for ‘making innovation work’.

We have developed a framework for catalyzing the development of the “innovation” competency through a day-long workshop. We have delivered twenty-two different iterations over the last seven years in multiple countries, serving more than 800 individuals of varied backgrounds such as industry professionals, research scientists, government officials, college faculty, and undergraduate and post-graduate students. All workshops except for those delivered to researchers and a BPO industry received overwhelmingly positive feedback. The two exceptions were looking for customized canned advice and provided “average” to “above average” feedback for the workshops.

This paper describes the framework of the workshop, which is used to come up with different designs based on the target audience. The framework is based on the following principles: (a) Creativity can be taught; (b) Student-centered learning such as, team- and project-based learning, active learning and case-study-based learning are the best methods for developing innovative competencies; and (c) Diversity enhances the innovation throughput. The paper concludes by analyzing feedback from the multitude of workshops.

Waychal, P. K. (2016, June), A Framework for Developing Innovation Competencies Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26321

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