O’Connor began his career working at a leading innovation and strategy “Think Tank.” The firm created the original open innovation approach. Paul led and simplified innovation initiatives at major companies including Exxon and Procter & Gamble. During this time, he worked with pioneers in project screening, staged development, portfolio management, and intrapreneurship.
The Adept Group focuses on improving product line strategies and their execution. Adept’s goal is to simplify the change needed to realize measurable gains from best-in-class practices.
Leading Expert on Driving Product Line Success
From 1990 to 1992, O’Connor served as president of the Product Development and Management Association. PDMA is a leading proponent of best practices in innovation and product management. Paul played a key role in shaping PDMA’s first certification test for professional recognition. And he helped set up foundational research on best practices and measuring new product success.
Paul has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, business publications, and blogs. He was among the first contributors to PDMA’s Handbook of Product Development in 1996 and 2008. Paul wrote for PDMA’s 2004 ToolBook and was a contributing editor to R&D Magazine. His research on best practice implementation appeared in the respected Journal of Product Innovation Management.
Strategist and Frequent Speaker
O’Connor teaches a Masterclass in creating and carrying out smart product line strategy. He’s also a frequent speaker at professional meetings and corporate seminars.
O’Connor earned a Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. He then earned an MBA from Babson College. Outside the office, Paul spends his free time involved with family, music, and dogs.