Asee peer logo

"The Influence of Culture, Process, Leadership and Workspace on "

Download Paper |

Conference

2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Basic Concepts in Entrepreneurship

Tagged Division

Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

Page Count

40

Page Numbers

23.17.1 - 23.17.40

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/19026

Download Count

29

Request a correction

Paper Authors

biography

Leo E. Hanifin University of Detroit Mercy

visit author page

Dr. Leo Hanifin is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Detroit Mercy, and has been the PI of UDM KEEN Entrepreneurship Grants for over five years, studying innovation and entrepreneurship. He was Dean of the College of Engineering and Science at UDM for the past 21 years August 2012.

visit author page

biography

Ross A. Lee Villanova University

visit author page

Ross Lee is a professor at Villanova University where he teaches Engineering Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Industrial Chemistry, Sustainable Materials, Green Science, and Biomimicry. Dr. Lee has over 36 years of industrial experience with the DuPont company (retired July 2009) spanning a wide variety of technology, product and new business developments including films, resins and innovative packaging systems. He has authored or coauthored over 20 patents and publications. In his most recent position, Ross was responsible for bringing new technology to packaging through open innovation and was instrumental in developing DuPont’s alliances with Plantic and Scanbuy. He has a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Michigan State University and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Rochester. Ross and his family reside in Chesapeake City, Maryland.

visit author page

biography

Jonathan Weaver University of Detroit Mercy

visit author page

Jonathan Weaver, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Detroit Mercy, teaches a variety of courses – including courses on innovation and creativity, systems engineering, systems architecture, design of experiments, robotics, computer aided engineering, and the product development process. He holds a BSME degree from Virginia Tech, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) Fellow. Prior KEEN work includes the development of technical entrepreneurship case studies and extensive curricular materials related to innovation and creativity. The cases and many of the curricular materials may be found at http://weaverjm.faculty.udmercy.edu. Through his work with Innovation in Action, he has also conducted a number of innovation workshops for industry wherein the participants learn systematic innovation tools and apply them to their daily work.

visit author page

biography

Kenneth F Bloemer University of Dayton

visit author page

Ken is currently Director of the Innovation Center at the University of Dayton’s School of Engineering. The Innovation Center recruits real world engineering challenges from industry, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations to be solved by multidisciplinary senior capstone teams. In addition, Ken teaches courses on innovation and is a frequent guest lecturer around campus. He has conducted innovation workshops for inventors at over 100 universities, federal labs and inventor clubs in the US, Canada & Scotland. Ken has a broad diversity of experience in Fortune 100 (Johnson & Johnson), business development and process improvement consulting (TechSolve), academia (University of Dayton, University of Cincinnati), government (US Air Force) and his true passion – inventing (Eureka! Ranch International and founder and managing partner of Bloemer, Meiser and Westerkamp, LLC). Ken has two issued U.S. Patents and serves on the Executive Committee and Board of the United Inventors Association. He has a Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering.

visit author page

biography

Cynthia C. Fry Baylor University

visit author page

Cynthia C. Fry is a Senior Lecturer of Computer Science and Assistant Dean for Special Projects in the School of Engineering & Computer Science at Baylor University. She teaches a wide variety of engineering and computer science courses, leads the iNova Weekly Innovation Challenge, and is a KEEN Fellow.

visit author page

Download Paper |

Abstract

Abstract for ASEE 2013 Paper:"The Implications of Corporate Innovation Processes and Culture on Engineering Education: should webe teaching our graduates to follow in those footsteps or to chart a new course?" Leo E. Hanifin and Jonathan Weaver (University of Detroit Mercy), Ross Lee (Villanova University), and Cindy Fry (Baylor University)In recent years there has been a great deal of attention and development of entrepreneurshipeducation within engineering schools. However, most of our graduates will work in establishedcorporations with established cultures, processes and organizations. This paper describes an effort ofengineering faculty members from four universities (Baylor, Dayton, Detroit Mercy and Villanova) tounderstand innovation and intrapreneurship within those companies and, based on that understanding,to recommend changes to engineering education that will lead to graduates who are better innovatorsand intrepreneurs in such companies.This research team was joined in this study by over a dozen companies, including BASF, Campbell Soup,Comcast, DuPont, Ford, IBM and Lockheed Martin; and the US Air Force. The team conducted in-depthvisits/discussions focused on five broad areas: innovation leadership, process, organization, culture andworkspace. Through this process the team defined best practices, and the key inhibitors and enablers ofinnovation and intrapreneurship. Based on these visits and review of literature, the team defined thecompetencies, mindset and knowledge that best serve engineering graduates who wish to be effectiveinnovators in corporations.Finally, insights as to how these competencies might be integrated into engineering education arediscussed. One example is the critical nature of design reviews in both industry and education. For anengineering student, during such reviews they must have pride and passion for their design concept andexecution, but still have the self-confidence to embrace constructive criticism as a means to improvethat design . . . a fine balance that must be deeply understood by engineering faculty and project“design juries.” Other disciplines, such as architecture and art provide some good lessons toengineering educators.

Hanifin, L. E., & Lee, R. A., & Weaver, J., & Bloemer, K. F., & Fry, C. C. (2013, June), "The Influence of Culture, Process, Leadership and Workspace on " Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19026

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2013 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015