Center for Strategic Competitiveness
"Combine radical innovation with market savvy and bold leadership and you get strategic competitiveness."
- Harvey Kahalas, Ph.D., Executive Director, CSC
Creativity. Innovation. Entrepreneurship.
Incisive Decision-making. Leadership. Sustainability.
These core concepts are the basic operating philosophy of The Center for Strategic Competitiveness (CSC), an IIT Stuart School of Business research and solutions-development center. Established in 2007, the CSC is a university-wide initiative designed to focus academic and practitioner partners, both on and off campus, to assist the private and public sectors in facilitating economic, workforce, and entrepreneurial development.
The Center for Strategic Competitiveness converges hands-on learning, applied business theory, and practical solutions, empowering students and organizations to collectively solve the complex challenges facing businesses today and foresee opportunities for innovation in tomorrow's market. Composed of a virtual nexus of partnerships and networking relationships, the CSC offers boundless possibilities for direction and leadership on national and international levels.
Participants in the Center for Strategic Competitiveness will have the opportunity to engage in research projects, speaker series, conferences, and competitiveness-centered programs. Facilitated by CSC's virtual pathway, these opportunities will allow for increased interaction among executives, policymakers, and academics on a variety of issues and initiatives.
The Center for Strategic Competitiveness is directed by Executive Director Harvey Kahalas, who also serves as dean and professor of the Stuart School of Business as well as an advisory board consisting of national leaders in academia and the automotive, finance, health care, and marketing industries.
"Utilizing cutting-edge tools and techniques coupled with the support of a world-wide virtual network of major academics and successful executives, the CSC is structured to assist private and public sector entities globally to enhance their operations and structures designed to facilitate economic, entrepreneurial, and workforce development."
Harvey Kahalas, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the Center for Strategic Competitiveness
As a CSC practitioner partner, your organization can expect to:
- Increase Productivity and Profits
- Facilitate Technology Transfer
- Enhance Strategic Planning and Management in Dynamic Environments
- Build Effective Relationships with the Private and Public Sectors
- Develop Entrepreneurial Orientations
- Effectively Develop and Manage Innovation
- Recognize and Take Advantage of Emerging Opportunities in Complex Business Environments
- Build a Vision for the Future by Learning Which Traits and Behaviors are Found in Successful Organizations
- Discover How Innovative Technologies Can Work to Your Benefit
- Foster Team-Building Across Markets
- Understand the Importance of Workforce Development
As a masters or doctoral student participating in a research project of the CSC, you will have the opportunity to:
- Work in Conjunction with World-Class Entrepreneurs and Organizations to Develop Relevant,Up-to-the Minute Responses to Global Market Challenges
- Develop Strong, Transformational Leadership Skillsbr
- Build an Impressive Portfolio of Results-Driven Work Experience
- Enhance Your Network of Contacts in the Business Community
- Implement Sustainable Business Practices Vital to Survival in Tomorrow's Economy
- Learn How to Work Confidently and Competently Across Cultures
Today's globally competitive environment requires all individuals and organizations to be able to operate at maximum effectiveness. Continual improvement, constant innovation and creativity, coupled with leadership and effective decision making within an entrepreneurial mindset, is essential to benefit societies. The fundamental mission of the Center for Strategic Competitiveness is to enhance the ability of individuals, organizations, and governmental units to respond proactively, innovatively and exceptionally to global market challenges in today's and tomorrow's economy.