Wisconsin School of Business Dean François Ortalo-Magné participated in a panel discussion today that focused on innovation and how it relates to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s future. The discussion, which included College of Letters & Sciences dean Gary Sandefur and School of Education dean Julie Underwood, kicked off UW-Madison’s Year of Innovation.
The three speakers emphasized the importance of collaboration among schools and departments in developing innovation. Ortalo-Magné stressed the value of reaching beyond the normal boundaries of faculty and staff within a school.
“Much of a university’s success is built on the work of individuals, and it can be difficult in academia to get people to work together,” he said. “If we can break those barriers, it is a chance for us to work together and differentiate ourselves from other universities.”
Ortalo-Magné also discussed the role of alumni in inspiring and mentoring students.
“Alumni who come back to the school to meet with students help inspire them to greatness,” he said. “They provide students with an example of what success looks like.”
Underwood argued that innovation means finding better ways to get to the right results without compromising quality, respect, or human interaction. Sandefur stressed the importance of ensuring faculty and staff have the resources and opportunities available in order to be creative.
Details of the event can be found here