Professor of Practice, Industrial Management, University of Vaasa
Glenn Edens, professor of practice in industrial management at the School of Technology and Innovations, University of Vaasa, has a long and diverse career, for example as a researcher, start-up entrepreneur, venture capitalist and strategic consultant for growth companies.
At the beginning of his career, he worked in research and product development management positions in several major international IT companies, including Sun Microsystems, Hewlett Packard, AT&T and PARC (Xerox). As an entrepreneur, he founded seven start-ups and was a partner in Grid Systems Corporation, the first company in the world to patent a laptop computer in 1982.
Edens has held managerial positions in several venture capital firms that finance growth companies and worked as a strategic consultant. In recent years, Edens has been a professor of practice at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, which is a part of Arizona State University.
At the University of Vaasa, Edens' area of expertise in industrial management will be transformation design, which focuses on disruptive innovations.