The rise in “open innovation” contests has helped companies broaden their research and development while reducing their cost and risk of failure. Such contests easily reach large numbers of external problem solvers with a variety of backgrounds, potentially leading to faster, cheaper and better solutions. These contests also have piqued researcher Pei-yu Chen’s interest in how to make them work more effectively.
At a recent conference of information systems department chairs, there was frequent discussion of the emergence of new analytics degree programs, minors, certifications and specialties. Many university business schools are grappling with the internal university processes to get new courses approved and qualified faculty hired.
Finding your footing immediately after graduation can be a daunting task, but Katie Golen moved gracefully from classroom to career. Golen (B.S. Computer Information Systems ’10) has lived and worked in New York City since she graduated. A staff auditor at American Express, she credits her undergraduate involvement in campus organizations, both in the W. P. Carey School and Barrett the Honors College, for teaching her how to stay motivated, organized and focused on success.