What Makes Innovation Tick: Wearable Technology and Disruptive Innovations
Swatch watch co-inventor and innovation advocate Elmar Mock sat down with Provost Stephen W. Director at Tuesday’s Profiles in Innovation event to discuss Mock’s passion for creativity, risk-taking, and disruptive inventions.
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Creating Value within the Nonprofit Sector
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Managing Cash Flow
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Strategic Planning
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Creating Value through Financial Management
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Management of Capital
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Leadership
This course compiles some of the best thinking on leadership, outlining a framework for developing and measuring leadership effectiveness. Level: Intermediate - Some managerial experience is useful since some of the concepts relate directly to management effectiveness. Recommended for 2.0 hours of CPE. Course Method: Inter-active self study with self-grading exam, and certificate of completion.
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Competitive Intelligence (Part 2)
This course provides more in-depth coverage on competitive intelligence with an emphasis on analytical models used by CI Professionals. The course also provides an overview of CI Systems and pulls all concepts together by presenting some short case studies. Course Level: Intermediate - You should complete Course 12 - Part 1 before taking this course. Recommended for 2.0 hours of CPE.
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Process Improvement
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Capital Budgeting Analysis
This course is designed for users with a working knowledge of capital budgeting who want to improve their current practices. The course focuses on three stages of capital budgeting analysis. The purpose of the course is to introduce new concepts and ideas that will improve capital budgeting; such as option pricing and post audit analysis. Course Level: Intermediate and Advanced - Since this course goes beyond traditional capital budgeting analysis, it is recommended that users have an understand
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Competitive Intelligence (Part 1)
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Otis College Convocation 2010 Presenter: Nathan Shedroff
Every August, right before the semester begins, Otis College of Art and Design hosts a day of Convocation, where new and returning faculty attend presentations by visiting artists and educators. Convocation 2010 Presenter Nathan Shedroff discussed "Teaching to Sustainable Practices in Art and Design." Keynote Speaker, Nathan Shedroff, is the author of numerous books on sustainable art/design practices and their place in education, including Design is the Problem: The Future of Design must be S
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Otis College Convocation 2010 Presenter: Patricia Watts
Every August, right before the semester begins, Otis College of Art and Design hosts a day of Convocation, where new and returning faculty attend presentations by visiting artists and educators. Convocation 2010 Presenter Patricia Watts discusses sustainable art making. Independent curator Patricia Watts will share with us some unusual and influential artists working in an environmentally-conscious way, and some interesting tie-ins between our theme and her work with Gallery Director Meg Linto
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Action Research for Educational, Professional, and Personal Change, Fall 2007
This course covers techniques for and critical thinking about the evaluation of changes in educational practices and policies in schools, organizations, and informal contexts. Topics include quantitative and qualitative methods for design and analysis, participatory design of practices and policies, institutional learning, the wider reception or discounting of evaluations, and selected case studies, including those arising from semester-long student projects.
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Will Marcellus Shale drilling be taxed?
Tom Murphy, co-director of the Marcellus Shale Center for Outreach and Research (M-COR) answers a question from the audience as to whether natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania will be taxed. The atrium of the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center was standing room only last Wednesday for the first Research Unplugged event of the fall semester, a conversation with Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research co-directors Michael Arthur and Tom Murphy on the economic and environmental impacts of Marce
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Michael Arthur narrates animation of the drilling process
Michael Arthur, Professor of Geosciences and Co-Director of the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, walks the audience through an animation of the natural gas drilling process. The atrium of the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center was standing room only last Wednesday for the first Research Unplugged event of the fall semester, a conversation with Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research co-directors Michael Arthur and Tom Murphy on the economic and environmental impacts of
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