Alan Robinson: What the private sector can learn from cutting-edge C.I. in the public sector

September 12, 2023 | 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Eastern Time
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 |
Member Fee: $25
Non-Member Fee: $35


Berkshire Innovation Center
45 Woodlawn Avenue
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Learning opportunity with Dr. Alan Robinson, author of such books as The Idea-Driven Organization, Ideas Are Free, and most recently Practical Innovation in Government: How Front-Line Leaders Are Transforming Public-Sector Organizations. In one of the most extensive studies in decades of operational excellence in government, Alan Robinson and Dean Schroeder found high-performing continuous improvement initiatives that had disregarded conventional thinking about how to approach it, and as a result, had attained levels of efficiency and service that would be the envy of any private-sector organization. This presentation will explain how the managers pulled off such radical transformations and share critical lessons for managers who want to do the same.


Berkshire Innovation Center will provide a catalyst to accelerate the innovation and growth of existing companies in the Berkshire Region, primarily small to medium-sized manufacturing companies (SMEs) in Life Sciences and the Life Sciences Supply Chain, with the ultimate objective of spurring economic growth, jobs, and investment in the region.


Since 1987, Dr. Alan Robinson has advised more than 150 organizations in 25 countries on management issues related to continuous improvement, lean and innovation. His academic appointments at the University of Massachusetts began in 1986 and have included; assistant professor, associate professor, and professor of operations management, dean for the full-time MBA program. Much of his research has been focused on; managing innovations and creativity, managing bottom-up ideas, continuous improvement, and lean. 


Tuesday, September 12, 2023

  • 5:30 p.m. Arrive at Berkshire Innovation Center and network
  • 6:00 p.m. Dinner
  • 7:00 p.m. Presentation from Dr. Robinson, plus Q&A
  • 8:00 p.m. Event adjourns
  • Respect for people
  • Idea systems
  • Employee engagement
  • Operational leaders
  • Government leaders
  • Continuous improvement professionals

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