Kirk Froggatt

Portrait of Kirk Froggatt

Kirk Froggatt

TLI Faculty, Technological Leadership Institute


Master of Science in Management (Organizational Behavior and Strategy)
Purdue University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Industrial/Organizational emphasis)
San Diego State University


Kirk Froggatt is a faculty member and retired Gemini Chair in Technology Management at the University of Minnesota’s Technological Leadership Institute. Prior to joining TLI in 2012, Kirk spent 27 years in senior talent management, leadership development and organization effectiveness roles at HP, Silicon Graphics, Yahoo!, Agilent Technologies and Ecolab. The common theme throughout Kirk’s career has been helping technical professionals become more effective innovation leaders who can build teams to translate technical ideas into customer solutions and business models that generate profitable growth.

Research Interests

Co-PI for UMN's NSF-sponsored Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site (MIN--Corps)

25 years experience in senior management and executive leadership roles at HP, Silicon Graphics, Yahoo!, Agilent Technologies, and Ecolab. Consulting and leadership development experience with a variety of technology companies and organizations.


  • Leadership and organization development in high-tech and innovation-based organizations
  • Talent planning and development
  • Culture and change management
  • Leading with emotional intelligence
  • Lean startup methods for new venture creation and new business development within mature firms 


  • M.S in Management of Technology
  • M.S. in Medical Device Innovation
  • M.S. in Security Technologies
Currently Teaching Courses
Leading Individual and Team Performance (MOT 8501)
Innovation Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness (MOT 8502)
Interpersonal Effectiveness and Team Dynamics (MDI 5050)
Leading Innovation and Change (MDI 5051)
Leading Breakthrough Technology Innovation (MOT 4020)
Leadership, Professionalism and Business Basics for Engineers (MOT 4001)

Selected Publications

"Employee participation: Diverse forms and different outcomes." Academy of Management Review (1988) 13:1, 8-22.

"Fact: The form of participation does matter-A rebuttal to Leana, Locke, and Schweiger." Academy of Management Review (1990) 15:1, 147-153.

"The impact of Type A behavior pattern on role overload-induced stress and performance attributions." Journal of Management (1987) 13:1, 87-98.

"A longitudinal examination of the membership patterns of minorities and women in referral unions." Journal of Labor Research, 1987 8:1, 93-101.