Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Rensselaer at Hartford’s Acting Dean and Leadership Expert Authors Book on Visionary Strategic Leadership

David L. Rainey, Ph.D., Acting Dean, Rensselaer at Hartford, and Professor of Practice in the Lally School of Management, has authored the book, Visionary Strategic Leadership: Sustaining Success through Strategic Direction, Corporate Management, and High-Level Programs, recently published by Information Age Publishing.

The book covers the principles, processes, and practices of visionary strategic leadership (VSL). It focuses on a holistic view of the corporation and all of the supporting entities and customers and stakeholders. Dr. Rainey addresses new theories, methods and practices that are in line with 21st century dynamics.

The framework of the book flows from defining and articulating the concepts of VSL; corporate strategic management (CSM); corporate vision; fundamental values; and discussing high-level (grand) strategies, objectives, and actions; to developing and managing high-level strategic programs and mitigating risks. According to Dr. Rainey, “VSL involves using imagination to address what ought to be done instead of what is being done, obtaining insights from the market spaces and the business environment, being innovative in developing new solutions, and integrating the whole business enterprise.”

The purpose of the book is to provide insights and suggestions for corporate leaders of today and to offer guidance and direction for the young strategic leaders of tomorrow. “VSL involves having a high-level position, being responsible for the strategic leadership and management of a company or a strategic business unit (SBU), inspiring and leading the organization, and sustaining success,” said
Professor Rainey. To learn more about the book, please visit: http://www.infoagepub.com/products/Visionary-Strategic-Leadership.

Dr. Rainey is an internationally-known author, educator, academic administrator, and consultant. He is a leading authority on technological innovation, product development, sustainable development, strategic leadership, strategic management, and energy management. Professor Rainey is available for interviews regarding his book and related topics. Read more about him at: http://www.ewp.rpi.edu/faculty/bio/rainey_d.html.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Rensselaer’s Energy, Environment, and Economics Discussion Series -- “Cheaper, Cleaner, More Reliable: The Connecticut Energy Model”

Rensselaer’s Hartford Campus continues its Energy, Environment, and Economics Discussion Series on March 3, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Special guest, Alex Kragie, Deputy Chief of Staff, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), will give a presentation entitled, “Cheaper, Cleaner, More Reliable: The Connecticut Energy Model.” He will discuss Connecticut’s support of fuel cell technology and “micro-grids” – electricity infrastructure with generation and/or storage capacity independent of regional grids, to ensure continuing operation through brownouts or disasters like Superstorm Sandy. 

Rensselaer at Hartford participated in the 22nd World Energy Congress in Korea. Related to this event, Rensselaer’s Hartford Campus has hosted a continuing discussion series exploring pertinent topics. The purpose of this series is to provide a forum for experts, corporate leaders, community participants, faculty, and students to engage in intellectual dialogues pertaining to today’s global energy and environmental challenges. This event will be the fourth session of the Discussion Series and the first session of the Spring 2014 term.

The Discussion Series is free and open to all. Food and beverages are provided at each session, starting with a reception at 5 p.m. and a light meal at 6:30 p.m. James Stodder, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Rensselaer at Hartford, will give insights and perspectives during the introduction at the event. Summaries of previous sessions of the Discussion Series and related materials are available on the web at: http://www.ewp.rpi.edu/news_and_events/events/eeed_series/index.html.

Register for this interactive forum on energy solutions at: http://apply.ewp.rpi.edu/register/?id=6df4180b-995a-4260-9b1f-fceaf91a4df2. For more information, please contact Clarence Byers, Senior Program Manager, at 860-548-2479; 800-306-7778, ext. 2479; or byersc@rpi.edu.