An intensive two-day program with a unique, online follow-up interaction component
(MDEV 6497)

Dates: TBD
Location: Penn State Harrisburg
Fee: $1,245 per person (includes five hours of postprogram consultation online or via phone); $1,120 for multiple enrollments
CEUs: 1.4

To Register: There is no session currently scheduled at Harrisburg. Please contact Penn State Continuing Education at 717-948-6700 for information on future sessions or to schedule an on-site offering.

Visit Penn State Management Development to find out whether this program is available at another location or to view additional professional development opportunities.

Structuring for Innovation: Using a Deliberate Creative Process for Technical Innovation

If you've ever participated in a session to generate new ideas, you've probably wondered if your effort would ever pay off. However, innovation is essential to survive rapidly changing markets, and creativity is essential to successful innovation. Proper techniques can help facilitate the creative process. This program teaches dynamic engineering principles that have been developed by researching more than a million patents employing innovative solutions. Insights and best practices will be presented, based on the popular TRIZ, the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving, a Russian methodology founded by Genrich Altshuller.

Key concepts and principles will be introduced and developed to solve real business challenges. In a follow-up experience, you will be given access to a secure, confidential Web site, where you can work with an expert to "clarify a technological problem" as you begin to employ the process in your work environment.

You Can Learn To

  • employ insights and best practices for using a structured approach to innovate
  • take advantage of the inventive process and dynamic tools to impact team communication and accelerate change
  • spur creative thinking to discover a challenging opportunity
  • clarify a complicated business problem by creating a graphic illustration


Day 1

  • Introduction to basic tools
  • Ideal thinking
  • Resource utilization
  • Secondary problems
  • Contradictions and separation principles
  • System approach thinking
  • Forty inventive principles
  • Evolution of systems
  • Introduction to basic process steps
  • Hands-on experience to build skill and apply them to one or more real challenges.

Day 2

  • Review and discussion of basics
  • Continued hands-on experience to build skills and apply them to real challenges
  • More depth
  • Combining ideas into concepts
  • Challenging and strengthening concepts


Online Technical Innovation Coaching (up to five hours online with an expert)

Within two weeks of the course, you or a team member will have access to an expert to begin this process toward innovation with “clarifying a problem.” Participants will develop a graphic illustration and learn how to analyze the challenge ahead. Additional time will be offered separately to delve more deeply into developing concepts for solving the challenge.