Baylor Business Prof To Present 'The Edison Effect' May 22 In Dallas

May 14, 2003

by Cynthia J. Jackson

Dr. Blaine McCormick, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business, will present "The Edison Effect: Seven Steps to Move You to Higher Innovation" from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday, May 22, at Cityplace, 2711 N. Haskell, 42nd floor, in Dallas.

The breakfast meeting is a cooperative venture between the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce and the Baylor Executive MBA program in Dallas. The cost is $25.

One of Baylor's top young professors, McCormick brings creative approaches to his courses and writing, including presentations about how prominent figures, such as Thomas Edison, have contributed to the evolving American management model.

In his book, "At Work with Thomas Edison" (Entrepreneur Press, 2001), McCormick contends Edison was more than an inventor. He also was America's first high-tech entrepreneur, starting over 100 business ventures - some of which survive to this day. McCormick counters the common belief of Edison as a "lone genius" by showing Edison to be a hard-working, collaborative leader. One of Edison's most famous sayings - "I have not failed. I've successfully discovered 1,200 things that do not work." - suggests a story of innovation much more demanding than a light bulb going off over someone's head, McCormick said.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Edison's invention of the phonograph. Next year will be the 125th anniversary of another Edison invention - the electric light bulb.

McCormick's previous book, "Ben Franklin's 12 Rules of Management," also sought to recapture the business story of a popular American figure. McCormick's professional experience was gained as a human resource professional with ARCO Oil & Gas Company in Dallas.

For more information, call (214) 746-6728. For more information about Baylor Business, visit http://business.baylor.edu.

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