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Location: UCI Paul Merage School of Business

Cost: TBD

  • 40 hours
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Certificate in Corporate Innovation

Who should attend: Corporations looking to develop core innovation skills. Attendees will be high potential employees charged with leading innovation in the organizations.

Program Content

  • Intrapreneurship vs. Innovation: Similarities and Differences
  • Design Thinking
  • Scaling Proof of Concept / Commercialization
  • Creative Problem Solving / Decision Making Under Uncertainty
  • Leading Innovation Within the Organization
  • Accelerating IP Protection
  • Managing an Internal Venture Fund / Decision on Internal Vs. External VC Decisions
  • Recognizing and Rewarding Innovation Within the Organization
  • Building Relationships Across the Company’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
  • Lean Vs. Agile

Program Faculty

Christopher Bauman, PhD Christopher Bauman
Associate Professor of Organization & Management, UC Irvine
PhD in Social Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Professor Bauman's research examines social interactions in the workplace. Much of his work focuses on how people approach issues of ethics and fairness, including studies of individual decision-making, group diversity, and corporate social responsibility. Another line of his research considers information processing biases in negotiation and how they influence outcomes in negotiations.


Thomas-Eppel.jpg Thomas Eppel
Full-time Lecturer, UC Irvine
PhD in Mathematical Psychology, University of Southern California

Dr. Eppel has published numerous articles, book chapters, and reports in the areas of decision and risk analysis, fields in which he also has considerable consulting experience. He authored a textbook and developed instructional software in statistics and has been widely recognized for his outstanding teaching. His teaching awards include the R.B. and Mary Stewart Distinguished Teaching Award at Purdue University and an award for Innovation in Teaching from the University of California at Irvine, as well as many awards given by students. He is a sought-after speaker and shared his views on education during the inaugural TEDx conference at UCI in the spring of 2012.


Gerardo-Okhuysen.png Gerardo Okhuysen
Associate Dean of Masters Programs, UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business
Professor of Organization and Management, UC Irvine
PhD in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Stanford University

In his research, Professor Okhuysen primarily works with groups in different decision situations, focusing on the management of task and environmental uncertainty. His work has examined negotiation settings, groups working on ambiguous or uncertain tasks, the role of context in group work, as well as small organizations working in contexts of high uncertainty. His current projects examine group dynamics, group success, and how emotion is embedded in the activities of people in decision making and other contexts.


Chris Schwarz Christopher Schwarz
Faculty Director of the Center for Investment and Wealth Management, UC Irvine
Associate Professor of Finance, UC Irvine
PhD in Finance, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Professor Schwarz’s research interests include the management, disclosure, and operational risk of the investment fund industry and the impact of manager incentives and structure on investment fund performance. His research has been published in such leading academic journals as the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and included in testimony before the U.S. Congress House Financial Services Committee.


Devin-M-Shanthikumar Devin Shantikumar
Associate Professor of Accounting, UC Irvine
PhD in Finance, Stanford University

Prior to joining The Paul Merage School of Business, Professor Shanthikumar served on the faculty at the Harvard Business School. Her research focuses on the investing decisions of individual investors and the impact that these investors have on the market, as well as on the role of financial intermediaries and information sources, such as analysts, the press, and the Internet. Her research has been published in top journals, including The Accounting Review, the Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, and Management Science.


Lawrence-Alan-Wilk Larry Wilk
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, UCI Center for Applied Innovation
Lecturer of Intrapreneurship and Media & Entertainment, UC Irvine
MBA in Operations & Marketing, Harvard Business School

Professor Wilk retired in 2013, after 26 years at The Walt Disney Company. His last role was 8 years as VP of Worldwide Operations for Home Entertainment and VP of Operations & Strategy for Studio Operations. In these dual roles, he led global supply chain & project planning. He worked with teams in 60 countries and started operations in Brazil, Russia, India & China. He also led the DEG (Home Entertainment Trade Assoc.) Operations Committee, and implemented sustainability, digital, and standards initiatives. Before the Studio, he spent 5 years as part of the opening team at Hong Kong Disneyland, leading Operations Development for back-of-house. At Disneyland, he spent 8 years improving & expanding the Resort, culminating with the opening of Disney’s California Adventure.


Maia-Young Maia Young
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business
Associate Professor of Organization and Management, UC Irvine
PhD in Business Administration, Stanford University

Professor Young’s research examines the psychology of individual decision making in the workplace, particularly the way that decisions can be affected by emotions. She teaches topics including Leadership, Influence, Team Management, Conflict Management, and Negotiations. She strives to make organizations a place where leaders and employees thrive and where each can be their best self. Her research has been published in American Psychologist, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Management, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making and Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

Industry Experts

Alan KayeAlan Kaye
Advisory Board Member for the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business
MBA in Labor and Industrial Relations, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Alan Kaye has over 30 years of experience in key executive roles for companies such as Mattel, Inc., IBM, and KB Home. Over the years Alan has served in multiple Chief Human Resource Officer roles and focuses on providing direction at the top of organizations in areas such as Culture, Organization Design and Change, Leadership, Executive Recruitment, and Onboarding. He has experience in designing and delivering leading-edge executive compensation programs, successful succession planning, and executive development programs. He pioneered the “One Mattel” global organization culture, which has been publicly recognized for its values and effectiveness by publications such as Fortune.


Kelly O'Connell Kelly O'Connell
Executive Vice President, ON ITS AXIS
Member, Forbes Human Resources Council
MBA in Strategic Business Leadership

Kelly’s work focuses on helping individuals to identify professional strengths & realize their career aspirations, as well as helping companies accomplish their business objectives while connecting them to elite talent. Kelly actively serves as an adviser/ board member to startups in the Disruptive HR, Blockchain, and Social Good spaces. Her expertise in business launch & growth strategy include organization design, talent acquisition, change management, market validation, business modeling, user acquisition, growing & defining revenue channels, sales operations & increasing productivity through innovation & team motivation.


Tom OserTom Oser
Chief Executive Officer, Pipeline Strategies Consulting
PhD in Computer Information Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology
MBA, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business

Tom Oser helps clients to bridge the gaps between business & technology which impact business strategy development, business planning and operational execution, marketing and the sales operations pipeline. He facilitates strategy planning and leads operational post-merger integration of finance, manufacturing, operations, IT, marketing and sales. He helps clients close the skills gap between business & technology, by advising business-side executives on the management of technology and innovation; and he develops the business acumen and sales skills for engineers and technical members of the organization.


Sasha Strauss Sasha Strauss
Managing Director, Speaker, Innovation Protocol
Executive Education Lecturer of Brand Strategy, UC Irvine
Master’s in Strategic Corporate Communication Management, USC

Daily presentations to students and executives helped Sasha hone his speech craft, advancing him into the top ranks of global speakers. He speaks at companies like Nestlé and LEGO, and conferences like TEDx and Google Think, delivering award-winning presentations worldwide, from Canada to Chile, Greece to Japan. In 2006, Sasha started his own firm, Innovation Protocol, based in Los Angeles. As Managing Director of a team of 25, Sasha’s team advises organizations such as PayPal, Disney, LEGO, Nestlé, Medtronic, and ADP on how to tell their story to customers, investors and employees alike.


Richard Sudek Richard Sudek
Chief Innovation Officer, Executive Director of the Institute for Applied Innovation, UCI
Chairman Emeritus, Tech Coast Angels
PhD in Management, Claremont Graduate University

Richard Sudek’s research focuses on the angel investment decision process, examining how and why angel investors choose their investments. He founded his first company, Nadek Computer Systems, with only $250. It is a data networking design implementation firm that has served clients such as Microsoft, Boeing, ARCO, and Universal Studios. Sudek served as its CEO for 17 years and at the age of 41 sold the business to SAIC, a multi-billiondollar international firm. Sudek has been an active angel investor since 2000 and has contributed to more than 30 startup investments including various venture capital funds. He is Chairman Emeritus of Tech Coast Angels (TCA), the largest angel organization in the United States. Sudek also currently serves as the Research Committee Chair for Angel Capital Education Foundation, a national organization of angel groups throughout the US.


Mark TomanioMark Tomanio
Operating Partner, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
JD, Albany Law School of Union University
Valedictorian, MBA, UC Irvine

After beginning his professional life as an attorney in private practice, Mark joined the legal department of Bausch & Lomb Incorporated in 1991 and became General Counsel of its ophthalmic surgical subsidiary in 1998. Mark later transitioned into a global strategy and business development role. In 2003, Mark joined The TriZetto Group and became its Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Alliances with responsibility for developing and executing its external growth strategies, including mergers and acquisitions. and strategic partnerships. In 2010, Mark Tomaino joined Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, a New York City-based private equity firm, as an Operating Partner focused on sourcing, executing and monitoring investments in the health care information technology sector.


Emilie WagnerEmilie Wagner
Design Thinking Strategy Consultant, Think Mobius
MBA in Marketing, Management & Organizations, Northwestern University

Emilie Wagner is a healthcare design strategist focused on improving the patient experience, including redesigning the pregnancy and childbirth experience for patients. Her healthcare work also includes creating an urgent care strategy for Stanford Health Care and redefining the brand positioning for a healthcare reimbursement company. She uses design thinking to address the emotional and informational needs of patients and caregivers. Over the course of her career, Emilie has worked across many industries including technology, finance, energy, and consumer products. Her projects range from running innovation workshops for Nestle and Capital One to formulating customer-centric experiences for Google and Sunrun.