Center for Innovation Management Studies
“We have produced industry-driven, research–based innovation management solutions for over 25 years and are dedicated to fostering a collaborative environment among scholars, researchers and business executives, helping organizations learn to tap the transformative power of innovation management.“
Paul Mugge Director of Center for Innovation Management Studies
At CIMS, we believe that there is an art and science of innovation, a process that can be defined, measured, applied and managed, just like any other business discipline.
Successful innovators know how to encourage creative thinking and turn ideas into commercially viable products or services—time and time again.
CIMS represents a one-of-a-kind convergence of academia and industry to study technological innovation and its management, disseminate that knowledge and help companies apply it to achieve bottom-line results. We have produced industry-driven, research–based innovation management solutions for nearly 25 years and are dedicated to fostering a collaborative environment among scholars, researchers and business executives, helping organizations learn to tap the transformative power of innovation management.
Our location – based in the NC State University College of Management in the vibrant, technology-rich Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina – helps advance our mission.
CIMS is currently supported by the National Science Foundation, the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Sciences and NC State. We also receive support from corporate sponsors, who in turn get training, onsite visits by CIMS staff, access to cutting-edge research results and the opportunity to network with other members. Created in 1984 at Lehigh University to fund academic research on topics chosen by industrial research & development managers, our goal remains to better understand the technological innovation process and how it could be managed more effectively.
Now 25 years later, CIMS has sponsored thousands of hours of research, held scores of workshops and conferences, published hundreds of papers—and improved the balance sheets of dozens of companies.