David A. Owens
Professor for the Practice of Management and Innovation
Faculty Director, VU Accelerator-Summer Business Institute
Entrepreneurship, Organization Studies, Ethics and Social Responsibility
Professor Owens serves on the faculty at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management in the area of management, where he also directs the Executive Development Institute. Specializing in innovation and new product development, he is known as a dynamic speaker and is the recipient of numerous teaching awards. He provides consulting services for a wide range of clients around the world, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, London Guardian and San Jose Mercury News, as well as on NPR's Marketplace.
Owens has consulted for NASA, The Smithsonian, Nissan LEAF, Gibson Music, American Conservatory Theater, Alcatel, Tetra Pak, Tennessee Valley Authority, Cisco, LEGO, The Henry Ford Museum and many other organizations. He has done product design work for well-known firms including Daimler Benz, Apple Computer, Dell Computer, Coleman Camping, Corning World Kitchen, Steelcase and IDEO Product Development. He has also served as CEO of a large consumer electronics firm, Griffin Technology.
Owens earned his Ph.D. in management science and engineering through a joint fellowship program between Stanford's Graduate School of Business and its School of Engineering. He holds an M.S. in engineering product design and is a registered professional electrical engineer (P.E). In his current work, Owens focuses on concrete strategies for creating positive change in all types of organizations.
Professor Owens' new book Creative People Must Be Stopped! Six Ways We Stop Innovation Without Even Trying, published by Jossy-Bass, will be available in November of 2011.
Ph.D., Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 1998
M.S., Engineering Product Design, Stanford University, 1993
P.E., Registered Professional Electrical Engineering, 1991
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 1987
Strategy in the New Economy,
Innovation Strategy (Executive Course)
Professor Owens' research focuses the management of innovation in product, process, and and service industries. He also studies the effects of social status on organizational effectiveness and design.
Area(s) of Expertise:
Strategic Innovation, New Product Design and Development, Organizational Design
Marketplace (NPR); Wall Street Journal; New York Times Magazine; Fast Company; Industry Standard; Money Magazine; San Jose Mercury News; Seattle Times; and others