CORVALLIS, Ore. – In today’s business environment, innovation and change are synonymous with success. Yet, collaboration – a powerful source for sparking innovation and creating change – is often underestimated.

To address this problem, the College of Business at Oregon State University has launched a comprehensive two-day executive education program called “Collaboration for Innovation and Change” for managers and executives.

“As a professional business school, we offer not only students but also organizations the opportunities to master new skills that will serve them both personally and professionally,” said Ilene Kleinsorge, dean of the College of Business. “This cutting-edge executive education curriculum is an integral part of our strategic goal of preparing individuals for today’s knowledge-based economy.”

Four sessions will be offered to the public this year, Feb. 5-6, May 2-3, Aug. 7-8 and Nov. 6-7. All sessions will be held at the Oregon Executive MBA Offices, 200 S.W. Market St.(Suite L101) in Portland. Class size will be limited.

Missed opportunities to partner across organizations, unclear objectives, poor communication, lack of trust within work teams, and failure to coordinate activities are just some of the challenges faced by corporate executives. The “Collaboration for Innovation and Change” program is designed to move participants beyond the concept of teamwork and develop skills necessary for successful results. Executives will learn how to become skillful collaborators who generate tremendous value and have far-reaching influence.

Prior to the official launch, the workshop has already experienced success. Oregon Public Broadcasting sent 25 of its executives to a special customized workshop in December and Northwest Natural has contracted for a workshop to be presented as a part of its upcoming corporate retreat.

To provide this workshop, the College of Business has partnered with SynNovation Works.

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Thuy Tran,