Advancing Innovation

EM 254 – Advancing Innovation: Breakthrough Methodologies for Technology Firms

Next offered: TBA
Faculty: Irina Sigalovsky, Ph.D. and Mary Viola, Ph.D. 

Course overview

In today’s global marketplace, the technology firm that is adept at creating revolutionary ideas, products, and services, will shape the way we live and work. This course is designed to give you the tools to reinvigorate and accelerate the innovation engine driving your organization. You will learn to integrate your technical expertise with leading-edge practices that foster idea generation. And, you will develop the knowledge you need to turn those ideas into highly competitive commercial innovations.

Your key takeaway

You will learn how to transform the way your organization generates new ideas and manages the innovation process. Whether you are working on a medical device, a consumer electronic or a green technology, the lessons in Advancing Innovation: Breakthrough Methodologies for Technology Firms will change the way you innovate.

How it works

All classes are taught in a format that integrates informal and interactive lectures. Real-world examples and case studies illustrate the application of the methods in medium to large-scale technology firms, while hands-on exercises allow you to put to work the skills that you are building.

Who is it for?

R&D engineers and scientists, strategic managers, process engineers, engineering managers, advanced technologists, CIOs, CTOs, and technical practitioners focused on innovation and finding solutions for nurturing ideas and inventions.

What you will learn

Advancing Innovation: Breakthrough Methodologies for Technology Firms provides a holistic overview of the management of innovation across all stages of the product life cycle. The course also focuses on the tools and skill development vital to the creative process at both the individual and team levels. You will explore the principles of systematic innovation that are embodied in the industry-tested TRIZ methodology. An acronym for the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving, TRIZ has been embraced by multinational companies like GE, Siemens, Intel, P&G, and Samsung.

Working with all these tools and methodologies, you will

  • Learn vital lessons about how non-technical elements—leadership, resources, business processes, patent law, and corporate values, for example—are critical to the successful commercialization of new technology.
  • Explore systematic innovation with the TRIZ methodology, which provides techniques for breaking out of product design trade-offs and creating innovative design concepts.
  • Apply a collection of tools algorithmically to identify appropriate innovation targets, frame each problem correctly, solve it efficiently, and ensure that solutions align with the corporate business strategy and address customer needs.
  • Delve into related topics including: open innovation, technology forecasting, and developing the creative imagination.

When and where the course is scheduled

Dates: TBA
Time: TBA
Location: Tufts University, Medford, MA


Tuition for the 2017-2018 Academic Year: $5,052 per 1 credit course. Purchase of books and other required course materials are the responsibility of the student. Payment is due with course registration. You can pay by VISA, Mastercard, Discover, or check (payable to Trustees of Tufts College). Additional details on tuition and registration.