Jul 09 2024


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Breakthrough Innovation: Navigating Organizational Politics and Driving Change with Bruce Vojak


Innovation is not an option; it is a necessity for organizations striving to maintain their competitive advantage and secure long-term success. However, many innovators struggle to convince their leadership teams to look over the horizon, beyond day-to-day operations. Navigating organizational politics is a critical part of building innovation expertise. Join us for a roundtable with Bruce Vojak, author of No-Excuses Innovation: Strategies for Small- and Medium-Sized Mature Enterprises and Serial Innovators: How Individuals Create and Deliver Breakthrough Innovations in Mature Firms and founder of Breakthrough Innovation Advisors, LLC. Bruce will share his expertise on how to effectively advocate for innovation within your organization and skillfully navigate the intricate political landscape that often impedes progress.  

During this session, Bruce will draw upon his extensive experience in both industry and academia to address the pressing challenges innovation leaders face, such as securing buy-in from hesitant leadership, aligning stakeholders across the organization, and ensuring the successful implementation of transformative initiatives. Through a combination of real-world examples and practical strategies, you will gain valuable insights into the tools you can use to overcome organizational hurdles and the levers you can control to drive innovation forward and propel your company to new heights. 

 Speaker bio: 

Bruce Vojak founded Breakthrough Innovation Advisors, LLC to help companies survive and thrive in a volatile, complex, and increasingly ambiguous world. Spanning a career at the intersection of business and technology, Bruce has experienced and explored innovation purposefully and variously. Having first established himself as a successful technical contributor and technology executive in industry, he understands first-hand the business need for and benefits of innovation. Having later transitioned to academia, he followed his passion by conducting groundbreaking research on innovation practice across a wide cross-section of mature companies and industries. 

As a leading authority on innovation in general, and Breakthrough Innovation in particular, Bruce brings a unique and powerful combination of deep and broad expertise—and a rich network of other experts—to guide his clients in harnessing its benefits. Bruce is the co-author of two highly-regarded books on innovation: No-Excuses Innovation: Strategies for Small- and Medium-Sized Mature Enterprises and Serial Innovators: How Individuals Create and Deliver Breakthrough Innovations in Mature Firms. Further, he has co-authored five book chapters—in addition to numerous peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations—on innovation. He serves on the Advisory Board of Midtronics, Inc., the Advisory Board of JVA Partners, and the Board of Directors of Micron Industries Corporation. In addition, he consults on the topic of innovation, presenting to, leading workshops for, and advising various other companies. 

Before founding Breakthrough Innovation Advisors, Bruce served as Associate Dean and Adjunct Professor in the top-ranked Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign. Earlier in his career, he was Director of Advanced Technology for Motorola’s non-semiconductor components business, held research and business development positions of increasing responsibility at Amoco Corporation, and was on the research staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He holds BS (with Highest Honors), MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA, with concentrations in finance and marketing, from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. 

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