Innovation at Work

Subject Matter Expert, Professor, Consultant, Author, and Educator.

In addition to being the Founder and CEO of IMSTRAT, he also serves in a part time capacity as Faculty Director for Innovation Initiatives at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Executive Education in Monterey CA. His duties at NPS include working with the Navy and Department of Defense to encourage a strong focus on innovation. Dr. Thornberry is also Professor Emeritus at Babson College in Wellesley, MA and a visiting lecturer at Duke University, The University of North Carolina, Northwestern, Ashridge Management College (UK), HEC (France), and Tsinghua University (China), and the Tuck School at Dartmouth.

As a result of his work in the field of innovation, he is often invited to be the key note speaker at many events and company sponsored meetings around the world including the Kimberly-Clark Global Marketing University, ATB Annual meeting, The United States Coastguard’s annual Innovation Exhibition, DHS (Department of Homeland Security), Solid Works, the IRI Summit, HCI, The Naval War College, and the Government of Thailand.

Dr. Thornberry holds a doctorate in Organizational Psychology and specializes in the areas of Innovation, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Organizational Transformation. His last book, “Lead Like an Entrepreneur: Keeping the Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive in the Corporation” (McGraw-Hill, 2007), reflects over a decade’s experience helping organizations grow though the application of innovative thinking and entrepreneurial orientation. His new book, “Innovation Judo: Disarming roadblocks & blockheads on the pathway to creativity” will be coming out in September of 2013.

Professor Thornberry has written a number of articles and cases on business management in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His work has appeared in the European Management Journal, Project Management Journal, Behavioural Science, Fortune Magazine, Industry Week, Business Week, The European Management Journal, and The Journal of Management Development. His article "A View About Vision" was selected as one of the keystone articles for inclusion in Contemporary Issues in Leadership (1998).

He has taught and consulted with numerous organizations including Ford Motor Company, Daimler AG, Chrysler, IBM, KCI, SmithKline-Glaxo, SAP, Nationwide Insurance, Home Depot, France Telecom, Sodexho, Arcelor Steel, Alfa Laval, GE, Fresenius Medical, Cisco Systems, and Motts. As a subject matter expert, he is often a keynote speaker for NGO’s as well as public sector & military organizations including the Navy (NWDC, CNIC, Bumed and NAE), the United States Coast Guard, the Human Capital Institute, the U.S. Government, ATB Financial (Alberta Treasury Branches), PDI (Professional Developers of Iowa), IRI (retail industry group), the Republic of Thailand, and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital of Boston, and Kimberly-Clark.