Six SEDTAPP faculty members author chapters for new book on innovation leadership


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The recently released first edition of “Innovation Leadership,” a reference book focused on building success in organizations with new ideas, features expert content from six School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) faculty members.

Edited by David G. Gliddon and William J. Rothwell and published by Routledge, the book discusses the importance of blending different leadership styles to encourage employees to produce creative ideas, products, services and solutions. It also highlights the four basic stages of innovation leadership - support for idea generation, identifying innovations, evaluating innovations and implementations.

Six of the book’s 14 chapters include SEDTAPP faculty members as authors. Chapters include The Competencies of Innovation Leaders by Dena Lang, associate director of engineering leadership research and associate teaching professor, Meg Handley, associate director of engineering leadership outreach and assistant teaching professor and Kathryn Jablokow, professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering; Innovation Leaders and Followership by Patricia Macko, Penn State World Campus and workforce education and development adjunct faculty, and Wesley Donahue, professor of workforce education and development; Synergies in Innovative Network Team by Frank Koe, teaching professor; Building a Culture of Continuous Innovation by Jong Gyu Park, assistant professor of management at Penn State Altoona and Donahue; An Innovation Success in the Private Sector by Walter Robb, management consultant and President of Vantage Management, Inc., and Mike Erdman, Walter L. Robb Director of Engineering Leadership Development and professor practice of engineering leadership and engineering science; and Innovation on a Small Farm by Debra (Keppy) Arnoldsen, retired instructor of biology at Penn State and Erdman.

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The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) delivers effective engineering education and unrivaled research opportunities through active, collaborative, project-based, and professionally oriented classroom experiences. SEDTAPP offers a variety of programs that partner faculty, students, and industry in the study of real-life engineering problems. Our programs teach students to solve real-life problems with innovative solutions. 

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