Field Report

Designing a New Major in Energy Systems Technology

Can you design a new major simply by recombining existing courses? Can we link and leverage our existing courses in new ways? Yes. If you think differently. Sometimes the pathway to transformation is more easily achieved by creating something new rather than attempting to “fix” something old. Pfeffer and Sutton (1999) suggest that transformation can…

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: School of Government

On May 22, we will be conducting an all-day workshop to introduce agile strategy and Strategic Doing to the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Janet Holston, our colleague at the University of North Carolina, has recently joined the School of Government. Formally, Janet was at the Arizona State…

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Transforming Mechanical Engineering: What We Are Learning

In August 2016, during a faculty retreat for the School of Mechanical Engineering, we launched teams to begin  the transformation of the School. (We are working under an NSF grant. We launched this work under the umbrella of re|course. You can visit the re|course web site here.) What have we learned? For one thing, we…

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The Opioid Crisis in Indiana: Strategy as a Wicked Problem

We are working with Purdue Health Advisors and the Purdue Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering on a tough topic. How should the State of Indiana respond to the growing opioid crisis? Here are some basic facts: At least 11 state agencies are involved in addressing this crisis; In 2016, the state created the Commission to…

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200 in Kansas play Strategic Doing: The Game

We completed a leadership training this week at Kansas State University. Our Agile Strategy Lab team led about 200 participants in Strategic Doing: The Game. Participants learned to apply the deep skills of collaboration to design and guide strategies to address wicked problems or seize shared-value opportunities. This approach helps us scale the learning. We can play…

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re|course: Transforming Purdue Mechanical Engineering

The Agile Strategy Lipids in the midst of forming teams of students, faculty and staff to transform the School of Mechanical Engineering. Under a National Science Foundation grant, we are experimenting with a new approach to transforming engineering education. Research underscores the challenge. While numerous initiatives have focused on transforming engineering education within the classroom,…

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Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance starts 2017 with Strategic Doing

A re-energised committed core group have agreed to launch a six-month experiment in agile strategy with their first 30/30 meeting in January 2017 and had four pathfinder projects lead by different teams including participating in a major event in May. Representatives of different local Chambers first workshopped the intent and approach of the Sunshine Coast…

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The Power of Linking & Leveraging Assets

I returned Sunday from a wrap-up event in Albuquerque – under the leadership of the engineering outreach initiative of New Mexico State University, teams of high school teachers and university mentors from all over the state have spent the last eight months working on ways to integrate career & technical education (CTE) with STEM (science,…

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What’s the “secret sauce” to innovation?

If you’re looking to build the innovation potential of your community or region, we can help. Lab director Ed Morrison sums up our experience in a news article from Charleston, South Carolina: “It’s gotten to a point now where I think we have enough understanding of how these ecosystems can be designed and guided, and…

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Even more from Australia – Part 4

The last of lab director Ed Morrison’s thoughts from Australia (catch up with Parts 1, 2, 3) The Sunshine Coast, north of Brisbane, includes a number of small towns. It’s a village of villages.  not surprisingly, each of these towns has a Chamber of Commerce. The challenge, of course, involves bringing these chambers to give…

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