Business Innovation

Businesses need to constantly design, redesign and reengineer their operations to drive growth and improve performance. However, the key challenge for many businesses is to be able to identify gaps or areas of opportunities for improvement and more importantly ideas and solutions to close the gaps. This is where innovation comes in. We will discuss how to build innovation into the complex processes underlying the development and manufacture of products as well as the creation and delivery of services.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn where innovation can add value in your company’s operations.
  • Learn how to identify opportunities for operational innovation.
  • Understand how to apply creative techniques for analytical problem solving.
  • Learn how to stimulate creative thinking and lead changes for operational innovations.
  • Gain tools and frameworks for implementing innovative solutions in operations, product and service development.
  • Making it happen: Understand how to implement innovative solutions and overcoming organizational barriers.


Adegoke Oke is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. His research focuses on innovation in operations and supply chains. Prior to a career in academia, he worked as a Project Manager for Shell and as an Operations Analyst at Allied Steel UK for over 10 years after which he obtained his PhD degree in Operations Management at Cranfield University, UK where he also taught several MBA and executive development courses. At Arizona State, he currently teaches Management of Technology and Innovation on the MBA program. He is a UK AIM Scholar, a Chartered Engineer, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Operations Management and a member of the editorial review boards of the Journal of Supply Chain Management and the Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management. Dr. Oke’s research has appeared in several top tier journals including the Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences, Journal of Supply Chain Management, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, International Journal of Production Economics, Organizational Dynamics, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior among others. He has also consulted for various multi-national organizations including Virgin Atlantic, BAT, Skanska, Schering AG and BOC Gases.

Registration Procedures and Deadlines

Registration and payment is due by April 29, 2014.

Cancellation Policy

A cancellation request received at least one week prior to the program will be refunded in full minus a 10% cancellation fee. Or, you have the option to apply registration to another 2014 course.

A cancellation request received after the registration and payment deadline prior to the start of the program will have the option to apply registration to another 2014 course.

A cancellation request received on or after the day of the program will not be eligible for a refund.

Workshop Details

Date: May 2, 2014, 8am – 12pm

Location: ASU Tempe Campus

Price: $550 ($495 for ASU Alumni)

Register by: Apr. 29, 2014

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