ConfluCore

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Curt Raschke

A globally distinguished senior executive, thought leader, and educator, Curt specializes in several areas including Innovation Management, Product Lifecycles, Product and Service Delivery Processes, and Program Management.  His business transformation successes span multiple industries and sectors including Defense Systems, Education, Energy (oil, gas, and petrochemicals), Electronics and Electrical Components, Office Equipment, Semiconductors, and Specialty Chemicals.  He has worked for or with numerous global high-technology companies like Texas Instruments, TE Connectivity, Union Carbide, and Xerox in multiple geographies.  

Curt’s forte are in both management and technologies.  His technical competence is recognized through his over 12 U.S. patents and also his process optimization methods and models.  These achievements span the entire IT arena (both, hardware and software) where he has made seminal contributions starting from the ideation stages through RD&D and implementing highly successful operations.  His work in manufacturing technology transformation for sustaining and updating operations in a variety of scenarios is highly respected worldwide.

Curt also teaches executive programs at the University of Texas at Dallas.  He helps managers appreciate that competitive advantage is an “industry system-dynamic” phenomenon; it is constantly evolving and requires continuous attention and adept action.  His courses cover complex business processes and how these can be transformed, surpassing competitors and certainly beyond industry averages.    

An honors graduate in Physics from Whitman College, Curt earned his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University.  His original contributions to manufacturing and physics are well recognized at several forums, including also his Alma Mater.  Curt lives in Dallas with his wife and they are proud of their daughter who is a development officer at Texas Health Resources Foundation.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO WORK AT CONFLUCORE?

Businesses and management schools typically organize around functions like engineering, finance, HR, IT, and sales.  But business problems and opportunities seldom come structured in these frames.  Reality is cross-functional and requires wholistic solutions.  I deeply value ConfluCore’s approaches to addressing client challenges.  Our futuristic approaches are unique and inspire me to offer our deep, cross-functional expertise that create lasting solutions, not just treat the symptoms.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO WORK AT CONFLUCORE?

As a founding member of Enterprise Program Management Office at a multinational that grew through 16 M&A’s (once 16 separate companies), I led the complete transformation of the innovation processes and reorganization.  This became a standard for corporate portfolio planning and cross-business client solutions, while also ensuring flexibility for individual units to serve their select diverse customer bases.

What CHALLENGES DO YOU MOST ENJOY HELPING CLIENTS ADDRESS?

As products and services become more complex and more interconnected in increasingly competitive environments, organizations are no longer able to successfully manage their business through functional silos and classical management consulting.  I enjoy helping leaders discover how to manage their businesses holistically and always keep their end-user customers in mind.  I also enjoy helping companies develop strategies for crises and risk management, addressing multiple scenarios.

What DO YOU LIKE DOING IN FREE/PERSONAL TIME?

I enjoy travelling the world and experiencing different cultures.  As one world, we always learn from each other.  I like to keep current on advancements in management as well as in science, technology, and mathematics, through reading, seminars, and networking.