Dr. Papadimitriou teaching “Building an Innovative Organization” at EMBA

Thursday, 07/01/2016

Dr. Thanos Papadimitriou from SDA Bocconi, teaching “Building an Innovative Organization” at the Executive MBA Program.

During the weekend of January 9th and 10th, Dr. Thanos Papadimitriou will be teaching at the ALBA Executive MBA Program the course “Building an Innovative Organization”.

Dr. Papadimitriou is a Professor of Operations & Technology Management at the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy. He is also an Adjunct Faculty at London Business School and an Awards Judge at the Institute for Turnaround in UK. In addition to his academic activities, Dr. Papadimitriou possesses considerable industry experience. Early in his career he worked for Cambridge Technology Partners and subsequently was involved in a number of consulting and entrepreneurial activities, most notably, co-founding and serving as the CTO of AlphaDetail in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2012, he is also the Managing Director at mbriyo Ltd and giaola PC, two Athens-based companies, the first being an incubator which supports start-ups in their quest to grow and prosper, by helping them to identify the core start-up processes and to focus their resources on the things that matter the most. His interests lie in Ideation, Innovation, Technology, Operations, Venturing, and everything else that falls in between. Among others, he has published at the International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management and the International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking. For more information regarding his cv, you may visit the SDA Bocconi website.  

The Building an Innovative Organization course explores what innovation is in a business context, how to make it happen, and how to build an organization that can foster it systematically. The management of innovation is one of the most important and challenging aspects of modern organisation. Innovation is a fundamental driver of competitiveness and it plays a large part in improving quality of life. Innovation, and particularly technological innovation, is inherently difficult, uncertain and risky, and most new technologies fail to be translated into successful products and services. Given this, it is essential that students understand the strategies, tools and techniques for managing innovation, which often requires a different set of management knowledge and skills from those employed in everyday business administration.