New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
In a seminal paper published in the HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW in 2009, Dyer, Gregersen, and Christensen argued that there are "five discovery skills that distinguish the most innovative entrepreneurs from other executives." The broader category they used to describe the confluence of these skills was "creative intelligence." The specific skills they identified through their research were (1) associating, (2) questioning, (3) observing, (4) experimenting, and (5) networking. All of these, they argue, can be deliberately cultivated (as opposed to being innate). In the 2009 article, they offer numerous specific suggestions for how innovators act differently to think differently. The discovery skills as they describe them entail a broad range of knowledge and experiences and suggest that the "broad education" specified by the ABET 2000 criteria is a cornerstone not only of engineering education but also of education for entrepreneurship and innovation. In subsequent publications on the concept of the innovator's DNA, the authors have gravitated away from the breadth and diversity of knowledge explicit in the original article and toward a conception of innovation as operations and processes. In this paper, we argue that education for engineering innovation should be understood as a system that includes not only specific procedural information about customer discovery, business opportunity analysis, and business planning, but also a broader understanding of sociotechnical systems and the broader context in which engineering entrepreneurs operate. We will describe the engineering business and entrepreneurship curricula at our university as an example of a curriculum that systematically develops the competencies required for engineering innovation and entrepreneurship.
Neeley, K. A., & Muir, D., & Pyle, E. P. (2016, June), Beyond "The Innovator's DNA": Systematic Development of Creative Intelligence in an Engineering Entrepreneurship Program Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26384
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