Professor DeFillippi Appointed to Two Councils

10/17/2008

Robert DeFillippi is a Professor of Strategy and International Business as well as Co-Director of the Center for Innovation and Change Leadership at the Sawyer Business School. Earlier this year, he was appointed to the Collaborative Innovation Council as well as the Academic Council of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP).

Through his work at the Center, his membership in ASAP and his many years of research and writing, DeFillippi has demonstrated his commitment to multi-organizational partnerships, alliances or networks which serve as vehicles for innovation and change. Simply put, he sees great benefit in academics and business people working together to find solutions to common problems. This is especially true in a rapidly-evolving world where change is a constant and innovation is key to continued success for organizations of all types: universities, companies and not-for-profits.

Last June, DeFillippi chaired the 15th Annual Multi-Organizational Partnerships, Alliances and Networks. The conference focuses on how multi-organizational partnerships, alliances or networks serve as vehicles for innovation and change.

“As a scholar in innovation, it’s been my observation that the challenges facing companies today are too big and too complex too be handled alone,” notes DeFillippi. “Collaboration as a means to achieve innovative solutions is becoming an increasingly important practice in industry.”

This is why DeFillippi is so excited about his appointment to ASAP’s Collaborative Innovation Council. He sees the Council as “a catalyst helping business people to appreciate the solid evidence of what’s working and how it’s working” in real world alliances. DeFillippi stresses that the Council was “created to foster best practices” and help companies design “innovative solutions with their customers, vendors and partners.”

While the Collaborative Innovation Council is composed mainly of business people, the Academic Council is mostly comprised of academic members. DeFillippi stresses that the Academic Council’s mandate is to provide an avenue for academics to share their research and theories with business, “to foster cross fertilization between the academic and business communities.” This outlet offers universities and colleges an invaluable opportunity to help companies adapt and succeed in a highly-competitive business environment which is the utlimate goal of ASAP.

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