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Session Title: The importance of leadership for innovation at the project and organization levels
Speaker: Nestor  Guimaraes, J.E. Owen Chair of Excellence, Tennessee Technological University

Session description: Based on several research studies field testing major determinants of success for business process reengineering projects and for organization success in product and process innovation at the strategic level, our measures of leadership have consistently indicated the importance of leadership. This presentation discusses these measures of leadership and summarizes their importance based on these studies' results.

Bio: Nestor Guimaraes has been rated by several independent sources as one of the top researchers in the world based on publications in the top IS journals. He holds the Jesse E. Owen Chair of Excellence at Tennessee Technological University. He earned a PhD in MIS from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles. Tor was Department Chairman and Professor at St. Cloud State University. Before that, he was Assistant Professor and Director of the MIS Certificate Program at Case-Western Reserve University. He has been the keynote speaker at numerous national and international meetings sponsored by organizations such as the Information Processing Society of Japan, Institute of Industrial Engineers, Sales and Marketing Executives, IEEE, Association for Systems Management, and the American Society for Quality Control. Tor has consulted with many leading organizations including TRW, American Greetings, AT&T, IBM, and the Department of Defense. He is on the board of directors of several national and international business organizations and is a senior strategic advisor to their CEOs. Working with partners in more than thirty countries, Tor has published over two hundred articles dealing with the effective use and management of IS and related technologies.