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Expert on Managing Innovation to Lecture on Wednesday, October 29

Expert on Managing Innovation to Lecture on Wednesday, October 29

The Sarnoff Collection is pleased to launch a series of lectures that explore the many innovations in business, science, engineering, and technology pioneered by David Sarnoff and RCA.

The first lecture will be on Wednesday, October 29, at 5:00 p.m. in Roscoe West Hall, Room 201. Margaret B.W. Graham, PhD, Associate Professor of Strategy and Organization, Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, will present The Business of Research at RCA: A 21st-Century Reflection on Industrial R&D in the Age of Big Science. The lecture is being co-sponsored by the Sarnoff Collection and the School of Business. A reception on the second floor of Roscoe West Hall will follow the lecture.

Dr. Graham’s research and writing center on managing innovation. In addition to several multi-year consulting engagements with research-based firms in the automotive, and pharmaceutical industries, she spent four years in R&D management as an executive at Xerox PARC, Xerox’s advanced research center in Palo Alto, California.

She is a leading scholar of the history of industrial research. Her books include The Business of Research: RCA and the VideoDisc, and R&D for Industry: A Century of Technical Research at Alcoa, coauthored by Bettye Pruitt. Her latest book on innovation is Corning and the Craft of Innovation, coauthored by Alec Shuldiner. In the 2012 book A Nation Transformed by Information, she authored a chapter entitled “The Threshold of the Information Age: Radio, Television and Motion Pictures Mobilize the Nation.”

Dr. Graham has been a member of the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and the Boston University School of Management. While at B.U. as Professor, Operations Management and Management of Technology, she served as Associate Dean and Dean of the Faculty.

The second lecture will be on Wednesday, November 12, at 5:00 p.m. in Roscoe West Hall, Room 201. David Brock, Senior Research Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, will discuss RCA and the Early History of Microcircuitry. This lecture is co-sponsored by TCNJ’s School of Science.

Both lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, please email sarnoff@tcnj.edu or call 609-771-2654.

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