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Making Innovation More Pervasive, Predictable and Profitable

Entrepreneurial Roundtable

June 15, 2009: 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Innovation is usually considered a flash of genius, a gift received by a few. Praveen Gupta, however, believes that companies can manage the innovation process as they manage other business functions such as sales, marketing, finance, engineering, and operations. By doing so, companies can integrate innovation into all sectors of their business and make innovation more predictable and profitable. As Dean Jain of Kellogg School of Management says, Mr. Gupta has found a way “to make innovation happen.”

Where

NOTE: New Location -- Northern Illinois U. (NIU) - Naperville Campus
First Floor Lobby
1120 East Diehl Road
Naperville, Illinois

Driving Directions:(Note: Most online maps of the Naperville Exit from I-88 are wrong.) Directions: From Route I-8, take the Naperville Road exist which will take you to a “T” at Freedom Drive. Turn south onto Freedom Drive (that is a left turn if coming from the East on I-88). Take Freedom Drive to a “T” which is Diehl Road. Turn right onto Diehl Road. Go 2-3 blocks. Northern Illinois University (NIU) will be on left, across from the Hampton Inn. Turn left into driveway at west end of NIU property to park. From parking lot, enter center door of building.

Event Details

“I believe creativity happens, but I also believe that Mr. Gupta has helped uncover a way to make innovation happen.” Dipak Jain, Dean of Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management Innovation is usually considered a flash of genius, a gift received by a few. Praveen Gupta, however, believes that companies can manage the innovation process as they manage other business functions such as sales, marketing, finance, engineering, and operations. By doing so, companies can integrate innovation into all sectors of their business and make innovation more predictable and profitable. As Dean Jain says, Mr. Gupta has found a way “to make innovation happen.” In order to maximize benefits of innovation process, one must be able to connect return and investment in innovation through better understanding of the innovation process. Gupta has developed a simple but powerful framework for breakthrough innovation (Brinnovation™) through which he answers various unknowns about the innovation process. With better understanding of the innovation process, corporations can enable all employees to innovate in all aspects of organizations for sustaining profitable growth. With the Brinnovation™ framework, organizations can pursue growth through unpredictable R&D as well as predictable market-driven innovations, bring innovations to market profitably faster, and increase return on innovation. Gupta has authored several books including Business Innovation in the 21th Century, a comprehensive approach to integrating innovation into all types of businesses, professional firms and non-profit organizations. He founded the annual Business Innovation Conference (to be held October 5-7, 2009 in Lisle, IL), and is a popular speaker on innovation and excellence at business and engineering conferences around the world.

Cost

$25.00 for general public; $20.00 for Chicago Booth alumni/students/faculty **$5.00 discount if register by June 10, 2009

Registration

Register Online
Save $5.00 if register by June 10th!!

Deadline: 6/15/2009

Program

6:30 PM-7:15 PM: Networking & Hors d'oeuvres

7:15 PM-8:45 PM: Program with speaker

Questions

Bill Wentz, Class of 1988, XP-57 
Coordinator, Entrepreneurial Roundtable
630.344.1119

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