Strategic Doing and I-Corps at New Mexico State
Arrowhead Center—the economic development and technology commercialization arm of New Mexico State University—has implemented Strategic Doing to support its I-Corps teams. From New Mexico State, Lauren Goldstein will be making a presentation on their progress at the Deshpande Symposium for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Higher Education.
Based on her experience with the NMSU I-Corps site, Lauren believes that Strategic Doing could be scaled nationally across I-Corps sites.
Here is a summary of Lauren’s presentation proposal.
The Strategic Doing process is guided by rules of civility, and, in the context of I-Corps, uses positive framing questions such as, “what would it look like if our technology was acquired by a large company,” or “what would it look like if my product disrupted the industry?” to guide the direction of collaboration. A certified staff member uses Strategic Doing as a complement to Arrowhead’s I-Corps Next Steps program, which offers support to go-decision teams as they prepare applications for national I-Corps.
By creating Pathfinder Projects with guideposts, I-Corps teams construct an immediate, actionable plan to carry them through next steps toward commercialization. This presentation will include record of positive feedback from the voices of faculty and student I-Corps participants, as well as an interactive audience engagement—a mini-exercise on positive framing model of inquiry, as well as an overview of lessons learned. This new application of Strategic Doing is potentially scalable to I-Corps sites and nodes in its national network.
The Director of the Lab at UNA and co-author of Strategic Doing: 10 Skills for Agile Leadership, Ed’s work has focused on developing new models of strategy specifically designed to accelerate complex collaboration in networks and open innovation. He is the original developer of Strategic Doing.