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Innovation & Entrepreneurship Reading Group: Innovation + Entrepreneurship = Intrapreneurship

March 3rd, 2015 by

Innovation + Entrepreneurship = Intrapreneurship, Invitation #7

In his Spring 2013 video message [], University of Maryland President Wallace Loh vowed to make Innovation and Entrepreneurship the highest priority for the university. Soon after, the university launched the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship [], whose mission is “to bring innovation and entrepreneurship to all 35,000+ UMD students by collaborating with all 12 schools and colleges.” Many activities and initiatives¬† at the Academy are helping students establish startups to tackle important business problems and social challenges.¬† Yet, not all 35,000+ students will become founders of new companies and they still can translate their creativity into impacts through intrapreneurship.

On Monday, March 9, 2-3 pm, in Hornbake 2116, at the 7th meeting of the iSchool Innovation & Entrepreneurship Reading Group, we will have the opportunity to debunk the myth about innovation and entrepreneurship. We will focus on how established organizations such as Xerox, Apple, World Bank, and the University of Maryland may resolve the paradox of creativity and control and align the interests of innovators and of managers, thus realizing the promise of innovation and entrepreneurship. Light, healthy refreshments will be provided.

On March 9, we will discuss the following article:
Gladwell, M. “Creation Myth: Xerox PARC, Apple, and the Truth about Innovation,” New Yorker (May 15), 2011, pp. 44-53. available here:

Jenny Cotton, a Master of Library Science student at Maryland’s iSchool, 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