Jeff DeGraff is a world-renowned professor, speaker and innovation guru. Referred to as the “Dean of Innovation,” Jeff’s expertise has been shared globally at top innovation incubators and think tanks such as the Aspen Institute and with companies that include Eaton, GM, SPX, 3M, Apple, Coca-Cola, GE, Johnson & Johnson, LG, Pfizer, and Toyota.
Jeff DeGraff is Professor of Management and Organizations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, where he teaches popular MBA and Executive Education courses on leading creativity and innovation. With over 25 years of corporate leadership and academic experience, Jeff is the “guru to the innovation gurus” at Fortune 500 companies. His advice is highly sought on how to pick, manage and harvest winning ideas in organizations. He jumpstarts the innovation initiatives and works with organizations to provide the necessary support for those initiatives.
“The amount of innovation a company produces is inversely related to the number of PowerPoint slides or elaborate process diagrams it makes about innovation.” - The DeGraff Hypothesis
Jeff’s research and writing focuses on leading innovation: Strategy, competency and culture development, practices and methods. Professor DeGraff is one of the co-developers of the Competing Values Framework, considered one of the most influential leadership models in wide use today.
Dr. DeGraff’s book, Innovation You: 4 Steps to Becoming New and Improved shows how the principles and methods of business innovation can be applied to our lives as individuals. His PBS program by the same name has introduced these ideas to viewers across America.
Jeff DeGraff is also co-author of the books Creativity at Work: Developing the Right Practices to Make Innovation Happen, Leading Innovation: How to Jumpstart Your Company’s Growth Engine and Competing Values Leadership: Creating Value in Organizations.
Jeff has written dozens of articles and is frequently asked for his opinions on contemporary business matters by NPR, Business Week, US News and World Report, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal to name a few. Dr. DeGraff also writes a column for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post.
Jeff DeGraff is a sought after speaker and trusted advisor to executives in both the business and not-for-profit communities, with significant experience in Europe and Asia, and in most industry and market segments. As a speaker, Jeff offers his personal experience as a former business executive from one of the fastest-growing companies in America, the credibility of being a published author and a master teacher.
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Dr. DeGraff runs a leading innovation institute, Innovatrium, with labs in Ann Arbor and Atlanta, and a web-based collaborative open innovation network that connects an elite global community of innovators to organizations.
He has consulted with hundreds of the world’s most prominent firms and has developed a broad array of widely used creativity and innovation methodologies and tools.
Jeff DeGraff was the “Dean of Innovation,” a member of the executive team, at Domino’s Pizza when it was one of the fastest growing businesses in the world in the 1980’s. Given his influence on the field over the years the name stuck.
Professor DeGraff holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.