TITLE: Associate Professor of Management
UNDERGRADUATE: Northwest Nazarene University, Business and Computer Science
GRADUATE: M.S. – Purdue University, Technology Leadership & Innovation, Ph.D. – Purdue University, Organizational Development and Engineering Management
YEARS AT FIT: 2
As an associate professor of management in the Nathan Bisk College of Business at Florida Institute of Technology, Dr. Abram Walton wears a variety of hats. In addition to his position, he is also the advisor for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship master’s program and director for both the Center for Ethics and Leadership and the Center for Lifecycle and Innovation Management. In the classroom, his teaching philosophy is based on the belief that almost everyone can learn and be successful if they have the willpower, a proper mindset, and a caring guide.
“I’ve always been deeply interested in technology and how we can use it to more creatively solve the needs of our next generation,” Walton said. “The rapid pace at which technology obsoletes itself requires us to constantly challenge the status quo, and therefore technology is a means to an end, a method to unlock value; we are only really constrained by the limitations of our creativity and our willingness to take risk.”
Walton has been at the helm of launching and managing several international organizations related to the science of innovation, such as the International Journal of Innovation Science. He was also an invited fellow for the National Knowledge & Intellectual Property Management Task Force, has published numerous articles on innovation-related topics, and achieved certification for Research Commercialization from the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer.
Dr. Walton’s research interests converge in the fields of technology leadership and innovation as they relate to healthcare, engineering management, and organizational development. His focus is on forward-looking research questions that continue to investigate the organizational framework within which new business models and philosophies develop, and how companies can more successfully meet market needs through technology commercialization.
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