Our Focus

In 21st century organizations, “innovation and change have replaced scale and stability as key drivers of company success” as such, companies, nonprofits and other organizations “must engage in continuous change and renewal to have any chance of ongoing success against agile competitors immersed in fluid bases of competition” (Cardinal, Kreutzer, & Miller, 2017: 561, 562).


Develop human capital in South Carolina ready to navigate the competitive landscape of intensifying technological complexity and drive the ever-accelerating pace of change.


Be the preferred educational leader in fostering a capability in strategic innovation in South Carolina through the fusion of strategy, innovation management, and science and technology.


By fusing science to business and business to science, empower a new generation of forward-thinking innovation professionals through the Strategic Innovation Certificate that integrates the SmartState® Program’s network of world-renowned scientists with cutting-edge educational experiences at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business.

Source: Cardinal, L.B., Kreutzer, M., & Miller, C.C. 2017. An aspirational view of organizational control research: Re-invigorating empirical work to better meet the challenges of 21st century organizations. Academy of Management Annals, 11(2): 559-592.