2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference


Leadership in Innovation
Sean T. Phelan
Dr. James Padfield , Faculty Mentor

From business to engineering, art to philosophy, those teams usually considered to be the best are often the most innovative. An examination of markedly innovative individuals from a wide variety of fields -- Kelly Johnson (Lockheed-Martin's "Skunkworks"), Karl Marx, Frank Lloyd Wright, Pablo Picasso, Orson Welles, Jesus of Nazareth, Socrates, Joseph Lister, and Galileo Galilei reveals a model for fostering innovation. The necessary components include top-notch personnel with very creative minds, freedom/self-regulation, and a respect for, but willingness to go above and beyond, existing paradigms, theories, and practices. It should also be stressed that an innovative team must be made up of innovative individuals, or at least have an extraordinarily visionary innovator at its helm.

Keywords: Leadership, Innovation, Interdisciplinary


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 19-1
Location: OP 2111
Time: 9:45

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