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Innovation & Entrepreneurship Reading Group: Surfing the Waves of Digital Innovations

May 2nd, 2015 by

Surfing the Waves of Digital Innovations, Final Invitation

As we face one wave of innovation after another, there is no doubt that digital technologies are transforming the ways we live, work, and play. Yet, at any one point in time, a consumer or manager is likely to feel more or less inundated by the current wave, unsure of what all the commotion is about, unable to avoid the topic in every day conversation and suspicious that the latest gizmo is not the Next Big Thing but the Next Big Sell. On Monday, May 4, 2-3 pm, in Hornbake 2116, at the last meeting of the iSchool Innovation & Entrepreneurship Reading Group, we will take an inside tour of the “IT Innovation Wave Machine,” in which many invisible hands are busily at work, shaping the eventual success or failure of digital innovations. We will discuss how consumers and managers might strategically surf the innovation waves this machine produces. Light, healthy refreshments will be provided.

On May 4, we will discuss the following article:
Swanson, E. B. “The Manager’s Guide to IT Innovation Waves,” MIT Sloan Management Review (52:2), 2012, pp. 75-93, available at

Immediately following this discussion, at 3 pm, everyone is welcome to attend the project presentations of students in INST621 Managing Digital Innovations in Organizations, starring:

* Jenny Cotton (University of Maryland iSchool) on academic libraries innovating with makerspaces, with a case study of the John & Stella Graves MakerSpace at McKeldin Library;

* Emily Goering (University of Maryland, Baltimore) on the resistance and backlash to a new information system implemented in a human services setting; and

* Alisa Griffin (Catholic University of America) on the future of 3D printing in Facilities Management of modern buildings.

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 .