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Jeff DeGraff has been a top rated Professor of Management and Organizations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan for over twenty years. His work on how to make innovation happen is widely influential in top companies worldwide. He teaches MBA and Executive Education courses on leading creativity, innovation and change.
Jeff's research and writing focuses on leading innovation, change and innovation competency development, creativity and innovation practices and methods, and creativity communities and innovation networks.
He is co-author of the books Creativity at Work: Developing the Right Practices to Make Innovation Happen, Leading Innovation: How to Jumpstart Your Company's Growth Engine and Competing Values Leadership: Creating Value in Organizations. He has written dozens of articles and is frequently asked for his opinions on contemporary business matters by Business Week, US News and World Report and the Wall Street Journal to name a few.
He is the Managing Partner of Competing Values, a consulting practice that specializes in helping organizations make enterprise innovation happen. He runs a leading innovation center, Innovatrium, and serves as an advisor to think tanks and governments. Often referred to as the Dean of Innovation because he has taught hundreds of executives how to effectively lead innovation, Jeff has been a guru to many innovation gurus. He is an in-demand speaker. He has worked all over the world and in most industry and market segments where a broad array of his innovation tools and techniques are widely used. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.