Archive for the ‘ideas’ Category

Where to Play

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Marc Gruber, EPFL, and Sharon Tai, Technion, present their recently published book “Where to Play” 3 steps for discovering most valuable market opportunities

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Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Thinkers50 2017 Awards Gala. Honoured to be ranked #7 in the Thinkers50! 17 years of fruitful collaboration with Alex!

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“Every two years, Thinkers50 produces the world’s most prestigious ranking of management thinkers.


Innovation Metrics

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Discussion with Alex about our project on Innovation Metrics 

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Business Model Evolution

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Visit of Luis Cisneros, Head of entrepreneurship at HEC Montréal, and fruitful discussion on the evolution and transformation of business models, specifically in family business. And talk in my BMID class, with the interesting “Kinky Boots” case study.


Product Lifecycle Management

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Visit by Frantz Rowe, Uni. Nantes, and research seminar entitled Use of Qualitative Comparative Analysis for Product Lifecycle Management

Nowadays IT is commonly used to support Co-Development with suppliers. Its use should ideally limit misunderstandings related to sticky knowledge (i.e. sticky glitches). This research investigates configurations of resources such as Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system and boundary spanners when supplier responsibility and project novelty vary. Using fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) this paper shows that, for limiting sticky glitches, the use of PLM often has to be combined with human mediation of a boundary spanner. However, in projects where the supplier responsibility and project novelty are limited, the use of PLM systems can be sufficient for limiting sticky glitches. This paper reveals both a causal complexity effect of resources and conditions, and a causal asymmetry effect of boundary spanner participation on sticky glitches. The research also highlights the significance of supplier responsibility and contributes to a better understanding of PLM system’s role in managing co-development.


Evaluation Methods for IS Artifacts

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Research seminar by Isabelle comyn-Wattiau at HEC Lausanne

Artifacts, such as software systems, pervade organizations and society. In the field of information systems (IS) they form the core of research. The evaluation of IS artifacts thus represents a major issue. Although IS research paradigms are increasingly intertwined, building and evaluating artifacts has traditionally been the purview of design science research (DSR). DSR in IS has not reached maturity yet. This is particularly true of artifact evaluation.


Innovation metrics

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Strategyzer workshop with Alex on Innovation Metrics, with a couple of large organisations.


“The traditional metrics used to run and manage business don’t apply to innovation. In fact, they might even lead to increasing the risk of failure or lead to not pursuing breakthrough innovation that could lead to substantial growth.

Alex at BIF

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Alex is giving a talk entitled “What is success & my kids biz comic project” at BIF’2017 (web)

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Kids Business Comic

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Alex, his son Latif and his daughter Malina are creating a book from which kids can develop a taste for entrepreneurship and learn some business basics; with the support of the dream team: illustrations by Holger and video by Daniela.

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Service Business Design

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Thesis proposal of Stefan Kleinschmidt on “Service Business Design for Human-Centered Service Systems”, under supervision of Prof. Dr. Jan Marco Leimeister, University of St. Gallen

Stefan is developing a design theory and related design principles to systematically design the service business of HCSSs in ICT-enabled service innovations. He also aims at expanding the literature of service design and business model design with an integrated and theory-based view of the two research streams.