David A. Owens

David A. Owens

Professor for the Practice of Management and Innovation
Faculty Director, VU Accelerator-Summer Business Institute

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

Strategic Innovation, New Product Design and Development, Organizational Design

Subject Areas

Organization Studies

Biography

Dave Owens is a well-established authority on innovation and new product development who has lended his expertise to Fortune 500 companies and students alike.

Consulting

Professor 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.

Impact

Professor Owens’ 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.

Leadership

Professor Owens currently directs the Vanderbilt University Accelerator – Summer Business Institute. He is a former director of Vanderbilt’s Executive Development Institute, now known as Vanderbilt Executive Education.

Publications

Professor Owens’ book Creative People Must Be Stopped! Six Ways We Stop Innovation Without Even Trying has received acclaim from academics and corporate executives across the world.

Research Interests

Professor Owens' research focuses on the management of innovation in product, process, and service industries. He also studies the effects of social status on organizational effectiveness and design.

Select Publications

Articles

Incumbents, Innovation, and Competence: The Emergence of Recorded Jazz, 1920 - 1929

Phillips, D., and Owens, D. A., (2005), "Incumbents, Innovation, and Competence: The Emergence of Recorded Jazz, 1920 - 1929." Poetics Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media, and the Arts, Vol. 32. No. 3. London, UK: Elsevier BV.

Der Mythos vom egalitaeren Medium: Email und Status

Owens, D. A., M.A. Neale (2003), "Der Mythos vom egalitaeren Medium: Email und Status." in Vermittlungskulturen in Wandel: Brief, Email, SMS, edited by Joachim R. Hoeflich and Julian Gebhardt. Frankfurt Germany: Peter Lang GmbH.

Status Contests in Meetings: Negotiating the Informal Order

Owens, D. A. and R. I. Sutton (2002), "Status Contests in Meetings: Negotiating the Informal Order," in Groups at Work: Advances in Theory and Research, edited by M. E. Turner. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates.

Technologies of Status Management: Status Dynamics In Email Communications

Owens, D. A., M. A. Neale, and R. I. Sutton (2000), "Technologies of Status Management: Status Dynamics In Email Communications." In Neale, M.A., Mannix, E.A., and Griffith, T.L. Research on Groups and Teams Vol. 3 - Technology. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Structure and Status in Design Teams (2000) : Implications for Design Management

Owens, D. A., "Structure and Status in Design Teams (2000) : Implications for Design Management." Academic Review of the Design Management Journal. Vol. 1, Boston, MA: Design Management Institute.

The Strategic Formation of Groups

Owens, D. A., E. A. Mannix, and M. A. Neale (1998), "The Strategic Formation of Groups," in Research on Groups and Teams, Vol. 1, edited by M. A. Neale and E. A. Mannix. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Silicon Valley: The Model for 21st-Century Business Culture?

Larsen, E. and D. A. Owens (1997), "Silicon Valley: The Model for 21st-Century Business Culture?" Daimler Benz Technology and Society Research Group, Delta Series.

Got Culture?' Products, Groups and Identity in the Age of Mass-Customization

Owens, D. A. (1997), "'Got Culture?' Products, Groups and Identity in the Age of Mass-Customization," in RANA Magazine, Volume 1, No. 3.


Cultural Design: Accounting for User Values in a Multicultural Context

Owens, D. A. (1995), "Cultural Design: Accounting for User Values in a Multicultural Context." Daimler Benz Technology and Society Research Group, Research Series.

MSTP Leadership Training

Ciampa, E.J., Hunt, A. A., Arenson, K.O., Mordes, D.A., Oldham, W.M., Woo, K.v., Owens, D.A., Canon, M.D., and Dermody, T.S. (2011), “A Workshop on Leadership for MD/PhD Students.” Medical Education Online 2011, 16, 7075.

 

Presentations

Competitive Strength, Legitimacy, and Innovative Activity: The Birth of Recorded Jazz in Chicago and the Midwest, 1921 to 1929

"Competitive Strength, Legitimacy, and Innovative Activity: The Birth of Recorded Jazz in Chicago and the Midwest, 1921 to 1929." Academy of Management, Washington D.C.: 2001

Using the Business School Cirriculum in Design Management Education

"Using the Business School Cirriculum in Design Management Education". National Science Foundation Roundtable, California Polytechnic Institute Pomona, CA. 2001

On the Inside Looking Out: Constructing the Boundary Between Identity and Landscape in Early-Stage Ventures

"On the Inside Looking Out: Constructing the Boundary Between Identity and Landscape in Early-Stage Ventures." Venture Entrepreneurship on the Technological Frontier Conference: Vanderbilt University, 2000

Uncertainty and the Choice of Organizing Logic in Groups: The Effects on Performance

"Uncertainty and the Choice of Organizing Logic in Groups: The Effects on Performance." Symposium paper for Academy of Management Meeting: Organizational and Management Theory Division. Chicago, 2000

Electronic Status Negotiation: Status-based Differences in E-mail Communication Patterns

"Electronic Status Negotiation: Status-based Differences in E-mail Communication Patterns." Stanford / Columbia / JAI Conference: "Research on Groups and Teams : Issues in Technology." Columbia University, 1999