Reviving the American Economy through Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship: An Online Roundtable Discussion

Thought Leaders from Two Renowned Business and Management Graduate Schools Discuss the Role of Innovation in Today’s Economy

To advance conversation on the critical issue of sparking American innovation – a topic highlighted by the Obama Administration’s recent white paper, A Strategy for American Innovation: Driving Towards Sustainable Growth and Quality Jobsrecognized thought leaders from two leading business and management graduate schools address ways businesses of any size can foster innovation and encourage an environment of corporate entrepreneurship.

The first installment of the two-part online Professional Edge roundtable series focuses on innovation with specific recorded thoughts on:

21st Century definition of innovation – a combination of market needs and the capabilities to solve those needs;

Why smart companies continue to invest in research and development;

Where innovation gets stalled in a corporation;

The DNA of an effective “innovation” project manager;

The role graduate schools play in innovation;

Selecting the right project and avoiding multitasking;

Why successful innovations start with only one or two objectives; and

The importance of moving the undecided to your side.

Professional Edge roundtables are part of a series created by DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management, which provides students with the professional credibility and essential skills necessary to advance their careers.

The second installment, due out in January 2010, will focus on corporate entrepreneurship’s role in fostering innovation within businesses of any size.


Dr. Robert Wolcott, co-author of the new book, Growth from Within, Mastering the Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation and MBA & EMBA faculty for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management.

Ken Atwater, MPM, PMP, senior leader at GE Healthcare Information Technology Solutions, senior faculty with DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management.


Available online beginning 12 p.m. CST, Wed., Dec. 2


The roundtable is free and available to the public.

Interview opportunities with panelists will be available.

About Keller School of Management:

For 35 years, DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management has delivered relevant, practical graduate education to thousands of students nationwide, helping them transform their skills and develop the professional edge needed for career success in today's global economy. As one of the largest graduate management schools in the U.S., Keller offers seven master's degree programs in management, as well as a variety of graduate certificate programs. Keller implements a career-oriented approach with a curriculum that is highly responsive to industry trends and taught by working professionals. Convenience and flexibility are emphasized with classes offered across a nationwide network of convenient locations, online or a combination of both so students can balance work commitments, personal priorities and graduate school. DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation. DeVry University is based in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. For more information, visit

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DeVry University strives to close society’s opportunity gap by preparing learners to thrive in careers shaped by continuous technological change. Founded in 1931, the university offers undergraduate and graduate programs onsite and online within six areas of study: Accounting, Business, Healthcare, Technology, Liberal Arts, and Media Arts & Technology. DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC, The university’s Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation. To learn more, visit