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Ed Morrison

Ed Morrison

Ed Morrison is Regional Economic Development Advisor for the Purdue Center for Regional Development. He is also a member of the faculty of the Purdue College of Technology, where he is engaged in innovation policy. For the past five or six years, he has been developing new approaches to strategy in open, loosely joined network. As a part of this work, he has developed a new strategy discipline, called Strategic Doing. This discipline enables civic leaders to form complex collaborations quickly, guide them toward measurable outcomes and adjust along the way. Purdue offers a certification in Strategic Doing and is anchoring a national network of colleges and universities to support the discipline. For over twenty years, he conducted strategy projects with economic and workforce developers in the U.S. His work won the first Arthur D. Little Award for excellence in economic development presented by the American Economic Development Council. Prior to starting his economic development work, Morrison worked for Telesis, a corporate strategy consulting firm. In this position, he served on consulting teams for clients such as Ford Motor Company, Volvo, and General Electric. He conducted manufacturing cost studies in the U.S., Japan, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Sweden, and France. Morrison started his professional career in Washington, D.C., where he has served as a legislative assistant to an Ohio Congressman, staff attorney in the Federal Trade Commission, and staff counsel in the US Senate. He holds a BA degree cum laude with honors from Yale University and MBA and JD degrees from the University of Virginia.

edmorrison@purdue.edu

Articles Posted by Ed Morrison

Jumping the curve in economic development

Most economic development organizations rely on a standard pack of traditional economic development strategies: real estate and infrastructure development, regional marketing; business retention and expansion; support More...

What’s next for economic development: Horizontal innovation

The next big transformation in economic development is coming. It’s about time. Remarkably, most economic development organizations are still playing a game invented in Mississippi More...

The “how” of developing clusters

We have known about clusters as a “driver” of economic development for at least twenty years. Yet, the practice of how we build clusters is More...

Doing strategy with difficult people

When we introduce ideas around agile strategy, some folks get stuck on how the jerks will react.  For example last week someone asked, “What happens More...

Moving from strategic plans to strategic action plans

In the last month, I’ve encountered two situations in which the conventional approach to strategy has broken down. Strategic planning, as  a management discipline, emerged More...

Stop wasting time crafting vision statements

How many times have we read it? You start a strategy by establishing a vision. Sounds logical, but it’s the wrong place to start. Here’s More...

Thoughts on strategy in a networked world

Over the years, I have collected a number of thoughts on developing strategies in a globally connected world. In a globally connected world, isolation is More...

Overcoming the tyranny of stakeholders

An academic leader recently connected with us, frustrated. After two years of trying to implement large-scale system change within her university, her team had little More...

Memo to elected officials: Collaboration is the only way out

It’s about to get ugly. In the coming years, state and local financial pressures will be relentlessly increasing. Economic growth will not generate enough momentum More...

Innovation districts: Simple guidelines to make them real

For those of us who have been around a while, the new push to regenerate cities with innovation districts appears like yet another fad sweeping More...

Connecting technology development with market opportunities

Last week, I spent time with my Fraunhofer colleagues focusing on a particular challenge facing the pace and scale of innovation. The work in innovation More...

The emergence of Strategic Doing: Strategy for open, loosely joined networks

Conventional approaches to strategic planning do not work well to meet the complex challenges we face in our economies today. The reason is simple. Strategic More...