The University of Michigan

Jeff has been a professor at the prestigious University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business for over ten years, and throughout his tenure he has always pushed the limits on what is possible through innovation. Click here to read Jeff’s statement on innovation, Moving Innovation Beyond Boundaries.

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Innovate now: Lean times can be the best times

In a recent interview, Jeff addresses opportunities for innovation during a troubled economy. Click here to read Jeff’s interview.

Jeff’s webinar on innovation and new product development

In October 2009, Jeff DeGraff (with colleague William S. Lovejoy) presented a webinar entitled, “Empowering Innovation and New Product Development in Your Organization.” Click here to view the webinar. Click here to view the accompanying slides.

Jeff’s address at the Ross School of Business Reunion Weekend

Jeff gave the welcome presentation entitled, “Leading Innovation in Troubled Times” on September 25, 2009. Click here to view the video and the Power Point slides from this event.

Jeff’s keynote address at the Ross Leadership Initiative Foundation session

Jeff gave the keynote address on August 28, 2009 at this high energy event that challenged participants to examine their assumptions about leadership. Click here to view the video and the Power Point slides from this event.

“Leading Innovation” Executive Education course

Jeff regularly teaches this popular course about how to connect the dots of innovation from ideation to commercialization. Click here for more information about how to register for this course.

Click here for a video slide show about the Competing Values Framework and the course.

“Leading Creativity and Innovation” MBA course

Jeff’s course (MO 563) is designed to introduce students to the practices necessary to stimulate and manage innovation in a business. Click here for registration information. Click here for detailed course materials, including videos and downloads. Click here to read a January 2010 Ross School press release about the class, which includes comments from former students. Click here to read a February 2010 ‘Imag’nation Now blog post about the class.

Jeff teaches students how to “Jumpstart” innovation in their communities

Jeff teaches students how to generate innovative ideas and business practices in nonprofit and government organizations. Click here to learn more about this special course.

Jeff teaches business leaders the “Leading Innovation” methodology at work

They learn how to:

  • Spot opportunities for innovation and develop an innovation process
  • Choose the right people to create breakthroughs
  • Establish a high-performance, creative culture
  • Develop key individual and organizational creative capabilities
  • Pick winning ideas, manage winning projects, and harvest winning innovations

Click here to learn more.

Jeff is a member of the “Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship” at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

The Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship is a community of scholars devoted to energizing and transforming organizations through research on the theory and practice of positive organizing and leadership. Click here to learn more about Jeff’s activities with this center.

Jeff is a member of the industry defining “Center for Excellence” at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

The Center is designed to recognize and embrace leadership, creativity, and innovation so that these innovations are learned from and improved upon as a cohesive learning community. Click here to learn more about the “Center for Excellence”.

Current and past students of Jeff’s executive education courses can join “MLeaders For Change”

MLeaders for change is the social network community of the Ross School of Business. Read blog posts from Jeff and join the community’s Innovation Group. Click here to learn more about MLeaders for Change.