Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: George Mason University or Online
4400 University Drive
Engineering Building – Room 2608
Fairfax, VA 22030
(parking in Shenandoah Garage- $8 charge)

Fee: No Cost (Free for INCOSE members and Non-Members)

Please register at:

Complete survey at time of registration:

– Floortje Blindenbach-Driessen, PhD
– Founder & CEO of Organizing for Innovation LLC

Description: Building an innovation engine that delivers

System integrators have always been at the forefront of technological advances, yet, they typically apply innovations and new technologies developed by others. Nowadays, system integrators are increasingly seeking to develop their own innovation function to support the generation and reliable implementation of new systems, services, and business models. In this session we will address what it takes to build and innovation engine that delivers. That is creating a sustainable, effective, and efficient innovation framework and process to bring ideas to practice, given the unique capabilities and organizational make up of system integrators.

Prior to the session, participants will complete an innovation management maturity assessment to identify opportunities to improve their innovation capabilities. During this interactive session, participants will begin to design and develop a reliable innovation management system within their own organization. One that supports the generation of new services and business models that address their client’s current and future challenges.

– Identify opportunities to improve your organization’s innovation capabilities
– Articulate the role and value of the innovation function
– Identify the key components of an innovation management system

Dr. Blindenbach-Driessen is the founder of Organizing4Innovation LLC, a new service development management consultancy for the professional services. Dr. Blindenbach-Driessen championed many innovation projects while working for the Fluor Corporation and for Children’s National Medical Center. As faculty at the Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands, the Vlerick Business School in Belgium, and the George Washington School of Business in Washington DC, she coached professionals in their innovation endeavors in engineering firms and system integrators (CGI, Tauw and Tebodin), consultancies (Deloitte, PWC and IG&H), law firms (Baker & Mckenzie, Loyens and Loeff, Conway), research centers (Barco and NXP), and medical centers (Children’s National Medical Center). Her research has appeared in academic journals such as Research Policy, IEEE transactions on Engineering Management, and the Journal of Product Innovation Management.

Parking: visit for parking details

Closest to Nguyen Engineering Building is Shenandoah Parking Deck off of Patriot Circle.
Most convenient entrance area to Shenandoah Parking Deck is from Braddock Road, Roberts Road. Alternatively, you can take University Drive to Patriot Circle.