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Innovation, Leadership, and Project Management

By Harold Kerzner, Ph.D.


A great deal has been published on the relationship between innovation and leadership.

Unfortunately, the bulk of the published material focuses heavily upon the role of senior management in project selection, governance and other topics related to the command and control of innovation activities from the top floor of the building.

This white paper examines the link between innovation and leadership at the project level where the innovation activities actually take place, using some of the principles of project management. 

Topics include:

  • Project Management Methodologies & Innovation Projects
  • Defining the Length of An Innovation Project
  • Defining Innovation Project Success
  • Innovation Disruption
  • Business Impact Analysis


Harold Kerzner
Harold Kerzner (M.S., Ph.D., Engineering, and M.B.A) is IIL’s Senior Executive Director for Project Management and a globally respected expert on project management and strategic planning. He is the author of many best-selling textbooks including Project Management 2.0, Project Management Best Practices: Achieving Global Excellence, and, most recently, Innovation Project Management. Dr. Kerzner has previously taught project management and business administration at Baldwin-Wallace University, engineering at the University of Illinois and business administration at Utah State University. He obtained his industrial experience at Thiokol Corporation where he held both program management and project engineering responsibilities on a variety of NASA, Air Force, Army, Navy, and internal R&D programs.