Message from the Director:
Thank you for coming to The Innovation Center site of the College of Business and Economics (CBE) at Regis University. The vision for the CBE and the three new Centers of Distinction (Innovation, Sustainable Economic and Enterprise Development (SEED), and Workforce, Employment, and Lifelong Learning (WELL)) is to help business become stewards of society with the goal of improving the quality of life on earth. The Innovation Center is specifically designed and intended to assist the college in the “how” our graduates are working to accomplish this vision. Let me explain.
In their 2012 article, A Leadership Education Model for Jesuit Business Schools, McCallum, Connor, and Horrian define the distinction of graduates from business schools at Jesuit universities where self-awareness, ingenuity, love, and heroism are the essential dispositions, skills, and traits of the graduates. And while the public, those hiring our graduates, and even our students all agree that these are fundamental skills that graduates should have, the latest information tells us that we are not delivering this type of education as well as we can with all of our business students. Building leaders with values, experience, and the desire to improve society is at the core of The Innovation Center.
As The Innovation Center grows, our work will focus in four areas:
First, we are so excited about building a new innovation incubator space. You should see the architectural drawings on our page. This design studio/idea corral is not your typical innovation space because we are not building or producing things yet. We don’t want a shark-tank style space. The likelihood of success in that model is too small. We want better odds of success. We want a SHAPE TANK – a space where you can practice, learn, and apply the meta-principles of design (humility, human observation skills, collective and additive thinking, creativity) to any idea.
Teaching and working in and around design, The Innovation Center will encourage, support, and partner with faculty, students, businesses, and the community to drive a business school PLUS curriculum. The PLUS is for a curriculum intentionally designed to build grit, will, perseverance, and a desire for social change. The PLUS is teaching that enables empathy, cultural competence, and critical and systems thinking as the learning outcomes alongside the business content of today.
An Alumni Matrix. We don't want a mere network. You can’t see networks. In the Jesuit tradition of companionship, we want to create and nuture a matrix where our alumni are obvious companions to our students serving to connect with, actively introduce to all business sector connections, and partner with students in thinking and acting.
Seeking Structural Solutions to Structural Problems. How can our students experience problem solving in ways that honor people, create partnerships, design platforms, products, and influence policy such that lasting solutions are discovered? The Innovation Center will start and serve as host for a Third Wave discussion series linking the community, local businesses, policy makers, and our students and faculty together to brainstorm solutions for the pressing problems of our time.