David Owens, PE, Ph.D.

Professor of Management and Innovation​, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University

Dave is Professor of the Practice of Management and Innovation at Vanderbilt’s Graduate School of Management.  He holds secondary appointments in the department of Engineering Management and in the department of Teaching and Learning in Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education, and the department of radiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.   He earned a BS in electrical engineering, an MS in product design, and a PhD in Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University. ​

His academic research is cross-disciplinary in approach and focused on study of the innovation process and barriers to innovation adoption.  Current projects include research on design and adoption of software diagnostic tools by medical clinicians and innovation barriers in mature consumer products companies.  As a member of the Space Learning and Mobility (SLaM) laboratory, he conducts research on learning in non-traditional settings.​

He has significant industry experience based on his time as CEO of Griffin Technology, a large consumer electronics firm in the iPhone/iPad/iPod accessory market, and through management consulting engagements on issues of strategic innovation for organizations like NASA, Nissan, Mars, Cisco, LEGO, Henry Ford Museum, The Smithsonian, Bridgestone, and numerous other product and service organizations.  He has also done product design work for firms including Apple, Dell, Canon, Corning, Steelcase, and others while working at IDEO. ​

Currently he serves on the boards of the Center for American Entrepreneurship and Launch-TN, and he is the chairman of the advisory board for the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s campus innovation center.  His book Creative People Must Be Stopped! Six Ways We Stop Innovation (Without Even Trying) was published in 2012.​