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    MARCH 17, 2005
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Temple’s Fox School and faculty take active role in Philadelphia-area business innovation

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Fox School Dean M. Moshe Porat and business thought leader and best-selling author Ram Charan shared ideas about innovation at the first Philadelphia Innovation Conference, co-sponsored by The Fox School of Business, Innovation Philadelphia and Microsoft Corp.

Last month’s Philadelphia Innovation Conference, designed to spark innovation ansuccessful economic growth in the greater Philadelphia region, brought together senior executives from the region’s most innovative companies and showcased two leading authorities on executing innovation, Clayton Christensen and Ram Charan.

The conference was co-sponsored by The Fox School of Business and Management, and Fox professors took an active role, serving on each of the breakout session panels and judging the innovation awards.

Fox School Dean M. Moshe Porat introduced Charan, saying, “Not only is Charan a great academic thinker, but he has real-world perspective in a wide range of business areas important to the larger business community and to The Fox School, areas such as leadership, innovation and globalization.”

Then Porat urged the audience to bring their ideas to The Fox School “where our Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute and our Small Business Development Center can help you develop your ideas.”

In Charan’s keynote address on how to execute innovative growth strategies, he focused on points he made in his bestselling books, Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done and Confronting Reality, explaining how executing tasks isn’t just something that does or doesn’t get done — it’s a set of specific behaviors that deliver competitive advantage.

Before Charan spoke, Porat announced winners of a conference-sponsored contest celebrating “Greater Philadelphia’s Most Innovative Executives.” The winners, top executives of local businesses who had demonstrated strategic leadership in the past two years, were chosen by a committee of business and thought leaders that included Fox School professors.

The conference also included breakout sessions where leaders from The Fox School shared with participants the latest innovations in sales and marketing (marketing professor Anthony DiBenedetto), operations (operations management professor Mark Gershon), finance (economics professor William Dunkelberg), HR (human resources professor John McClendon) and information technology (Associate Dean of Information Technology John DeAngelo).

By Lisa Z. Meritz