Innovation and the Art of Problem Solving

Podcast

Inside Innovation: Tackling the World’s Most Pressing Problems (Part I)

In a KWHS article on innovation, Jamie Lee Solimano, a finalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search for high school students, defined innovation like this: “To shift society or have an impact, you have to introduce something novel.” While invention is indeed one aspect of innovation, it is also so much more. In this first part of a four-part audio webcast for educators on innovation and the art of problem solving, Saikat Chaudhuri, executive director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the Wharton School, and Rob Shelton, global innovation strategy lead at PwC, discuss innovation basics and how innovation is related to critical thinking and problem solving.

Innovation in Action: Beyond the Eureka Moment (Part II)

Talk of innovation is everywhere in the business world. To be an innovator is to position yourself on the path to a successful life and career. In this second part of a four-part audio webcast for educators on innovation and the art of problem solving, Saikat Chaudhuri, executive director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the Wharton School, and Rob Shelton, global innovation strategy lead at PwC, discuss innovation in action — from some inspiring examples to an explanation of why innovation is a team sport.

Thinking Like an Innovator: The Power of Experimentation (Part III)

It’s one thing to recognize the power and influence of innovation, and entirely something else to call yourself an innovator. In this third part of a four-part audio webcast for educators on innovation and the art of problem solving, Saikat Chaudhuri, executive director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the Wharton School, and Rob Shelton, global innovation strategy lead at PwC, discuss the connection between innovation and creativity and why experimentation is critical to developing innovation skills. In addition to sharing their own insights, the speakers also answer questions from high school educators.

Innovation in the Classroom: Inspiring Creativity (Part IV)

How do we teach students to become innovative thinkers? Through exploration and experimentation. In this final part of a four-part audio webcast for educators on innovation and the art of problem solving, Saikat Chaudhuri, executive director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the Wharton School, and Rob Shelton, global innovation strategy lead at PwC, talk about ways to foster innovation in the high school classroom. They address several questions from teachers in hopes of getting at the heart of encouraging more risk-taking and creativity, as well as helping educators become catalysts for change.

Innovation and the Art of Problem Solving (Full Podcast)

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Biographies

Saikat Chaudhuri

Saikat Chaudhuri serves on the faculty at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also co-leads the Mack Institute for Innovation Management, a research institute at Wharton distinguished by a dual focus on academic thought leadership and industry impact. Saikat’s research focuses on external sources of innovation for firms, encompassing two streams: high-technology acquisitions and high-end outsourcing. His recent publications span scholarly and managerial outlets, including Organization Science, a Stanford University Press book chapter, and the Harvard Business Review. Saikat has received several teaching awards from the Wharton School, and has also been a finalist for multiple dissertation and best paper awards at the Academy of Management. He received his BSE and BS from the University of Pennsylvania, his MSE from Stanford University, and his DBA from Harvard University.

Rob Shelton

Rob Shelton is based in the Silicon Valley office and has more than 30 years of consulting experience. He is Global Innovation Strategy Lead at PwC and specializes in integrating innovation — new business models and new technologies — into an organization’s strategy and operations to create growth. He has also been vice president and managing director with Arthur D. Little in the Technology and Innovation Management practice, and a managing director of Stanford Research Institute’s Worldwide Technology and Innovation Management practice. He is the co-founder and a board member of a leading clean tech incubator in Silicon Valley that was chosen by Forbes in 2010 as one of the Ten Top Incubators Changing the World. In addition, he sits on the advisory board of Points of Light, a social incubator. Shelton has assisted global companies across a range of industries, including life sciences, health care, education, electronics, software, consumer goods and services, and clean tech. Among the books he has co-authored are Making Innovation Work and The Creative Enterprise.

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