Perspectives on Innovation: Henrietta Onwuegbuzie

Yale has a vibrant ecosystem for innovation: from pioneering arts productions to scientific breakthroughs, students, faculty, and community members are reimagining the status quo in diverse fields. But what does innovation look like when we zoom in on one of these fields? How are people thinking about innovation in different contexts and communities, and what can we learn from each other? To explore these questions, we’ll be sharing stories and perspectives from across Yale’s campus in the coming months, seeking out new vantage points for on-the-ground views of innovation.

To kick off this series, we talked to Dr. Henrietta Onwuegbuzie, visiting senior lecturer at the Yale School of Management and a faculty member at Lagos Business School in Lagos, Nigeria. Onwuegbuzie’s work focuses on entrepreneurship, impact investing, and more; she has particular research interests in strategies for sustainable growth and development in emerging economies, as well as low-cost business models that can create impact in businesses at all scales. As she explores these topics, Onwuegbuzie is looking beyond what she terms “mainstream” entrepreneurship, considering how aspiring entrepreneurs might learn from traditional practices or incorporate more long-term thinking into their work. “We need to learn from the past to improve the present and create a better future,” she explains. Read more.

Laura Mitchell