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The Howe School Alliance for Technology Management at Stevens Conducted 21st Annual Conference

“Novel Approaches to Innovation” held June 21, 2012 on the Stevens campus


Hoboken, N.J. – The Howe School Alliance for Technology Management (HSATM) at Stevens Institute of Technology hosted its 21st Annual Conference on June 21, 2012. This year’s theme was “Novel Approaches to Innovation.”

The conference examined creative new techniques that leading organizations are adopting to transform their approach to innovation, compressing timeframes and enriching outcomes. Attendees came away with guidance on new tools their organizations can use to accelerate innovation.

The conference appealed to people working in R&D, marketing, business development, operations, project management, customer service and technology — in short, to everyone concerned with creating value through the implementation of new knowledge and ideas.

"Continuing the tradition of our meaningful annual conferences, the 2012 conference focused on novel ideas and methods being employed to revolutionize the processes and methods of innovation,” said Lem Tarshis, director of management technology transfer for the HSATM.  “I have every confidence that this conference will rate amongst the highest in our 21-year history."

“Innovation has come to be recognized as one of the principal engines driving business and national growth.  It’s thus no surprise that more than half the annual HSATM conferences have dealt with various aspects of this subject,” said Larry Gastwirt, executive director of the HSATM. “This year’s conference explored the changes to corporate philosophy and transparency and the effect that it is having on innovation. Organizations need to continue to question existing reality to achieve greater innovation.”

Topics that were presented at the conference:

  • Innovations on the Theme of Innovation, Anthony Le Storti, Senior Associate, the HSATM, and Principal, Ideatects.
  • Innovating in the Social Enterprise:  New Ways to Make Everyone an Innovator, Mary M. Keough, Manager, CIO Lab Innovation Communities, IBM, and Ryan J. Hutton, Program Manager, Technology Adoption Program, CIO Lab, IBM
  • Success Strategies for Business Model Innovation Outside the Core, Peter Koen, Associate Professor, Howe School of Technology Management, Stevens
  • The New Now in Innovation: Interpreting Socio-Cultural Events and Forecasting Trends to Create the Future, Mikel Cirkus, Global Director, Conceptual Design Group, Firmenich

The Howe School Alliance for Technology Management (HSATM) is an informal alliance of business and government organizations under the auspices of the Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management at Stevens. Its mission is to help partner organizations better manage technology – in the broadest sense of the term – for strategic advantage. The HSATM transfers best practices through its annual conferences, among other mechanisms.

For additional information please visit the HSATM website.


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