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Innovation & Entrepreneurship Reading Group: Breakthrough & Dominant Design in Cycles of Innovations

February 17th, 2015 by

Breakthrough & Dominant Design in Cycles of Innovations, Invitation #5

Peter Drucker said: “If the 20th century was one of social transformations, the 21st century needs to be one of social and political innovations.” Leading and managing such innovations in the 21st century require deep understanding of the constantly changing technologies that accompany, enable, or drive the innovations. Innovators and entrepreneurs need useful models of technological change to manage through periods of upheaval and transformation.

Are there predictable patterns of innovation that recur time and time again in industry after industry? Which technological breakthroughs are competence-enhancing (i.e., building on existing knowhow)? Which ones are competence-destroying (i.e., obsolescing existing knowhow)? Whose design becomes dominant? When do leaders become losers? If these questions interest you, please join us on Monday, February 23, 2-3 pm, in Hornbake 2116, at the 5th meeting of the iSchool Innovation & Entrepreneurship Reading Group. Light, healthy refreshments will be provided.

On February 23, we will discuss the following article (attached for your personal use):
Anderson, P. and Tushman, M. L. “Managing Through Cycles of Technological Change,” Research Technology Management (34:3), 1991, pp. 26-31.

Alisa Griffin from the Catholic University of America will lead the discussion.

The iSchool Innovation & Entrepreneurship Reading Group ( aims to disseminate and advance knowledge of innovation and entrepreneurship. In Spring 2015, we meet on Mondays, 2-3 pm to discuss classic and new articles on key issues in innovation and entrepreneurship, in conjunction with INST 621: Managing Digital Innovations in Organizations. All members (students, staff, and faculty) of the UMD community are welcome to attend any session. This group is sponsored by the Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI) and hosted by Dr. Ping Wang ( See our full schedule at .