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Stephen Markham

Executive Director of NC State Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Goodnight Distinguished Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Markham is a Certified New Product Development Professional and professor of management, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the Poole College of Management at NC State University. He is president of the Product Development & Management Association (PDMA) Research Foundation, founder of the PDMA New Product Development Professional Certification Program, past PDMA officer and board member, and past director of the Technology, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Program (TEC) and past director of the Center for Innovation Management Studies (CIMS) at Poole College. Additionally, he was appointed Executive Director of NC State Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Goodnight Distinguished Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

His research focuses on the roles and processes in the front end of technological innovation, concentrating on the role champions take in early commercial development of technology. He is on the editorial review board of the Journal of Product Innovation Management and reviews regularly for journals such as Organization Science, IEEE Transaction on Engineering Management, as well as for the National Science Foundation. He actively teaches in the executive education and MBA programs in the areas of leadership, corporate culture, innovation and technology commercialization. He has received and participated in 11 grants totaling nearly $2.5 million. Dr. Markham has been a founding board member or officer of numerous high-technology start-up companies and consults with numerous global technology-based companies.