Jeff  DeGraff, PhD

Jeff DeGraff, PhD

Jeff DeGraff is a world-renowned professor, speaker and innovation guru. Referred to as the "Dean of Innovation," His advice is highly sought on how to pick, manage and harvest winning ideas in organizations. Jeff's expertise has been shared globally at top innovation incubators and think tanks.

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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.

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 andCompeting Values Leadership: Creating Value in Organizations. Jeff's opinions on contemporary business matters are covered by Fortune, Wired and the Wall Street Journal to name a few. Jeff writes a syndicated column on leading innovation for Inc. magazine and has a regular segment on public radio called The Next Idea. He has consulted with hundreds of the world's most prominent firms and has developed a broad array of widely used innovation methodologies and tools.

Jeff is a popular speaker at top venues including TED. 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.

    "Jeff's presentation was far and away one of the best that I saw last week. Our team debriefed for quite some time on it and are reviewing how we can implement some of the suggestions"

    -Valassis

    "Jeff was a HUGE success at our meeting! He definitely hit a home run with our attendees and many of his talking points (including the '4 colors') were referenced throughout the entire weekend. Jeff certainly set the stage for our most successful Matrix Leadership Meeting to date."

    -Suzanne Ziemnik, M.Ed. VP, Education and Assessment, American Society for Clinical Pathology

    "We received very positive feedback...folks wanted more. I think that Jeff has put us on the right track. Looking forward to seeing these proof of concepts come to life."

    -Wendy Race General Electric Company, GE Infra, Energy