Archive for the ‘ideas’ Category

Innovation versus renovation

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Talk by Elmar Mock, inventor of the Swatch watch and founder of CREAHOLIC (web), a kind of Swiss IDEO, an innovation fabric, on innovation Vs renovation.


He also visited the C-K theory and presented his new book “The Innovation Factory” with Gilles Garel (amazon)


Business analytics

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Interesting discussion with Kevin Follonier, founder of SensDat (web), a startup in London for business analytics and reporting


Sensdat “builds a customized data analytics hub that condenses layers of reports into a core set of automated and intelligent dashboards. Rather than create a new report for every new question, analysts can find the answers they need in a matter of seconds …

Organisational configurations and innovation

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Meeting with Alex, discussion about organisational configurations, such as  adhocracy, for supporting innovation, but also preparing a “Letter to CEOs” for Thinkers50.



Friday, September 30th, 2016

Call for Papers
CAiSE 2017 – 29th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, 12-16 June 2017, Essen, Germany (web)


Digital Connected World – Informed, Disruptive Business Transformation
The theme addresses the needed business transformations to guarantee organizational survival in a continuously changing world …

Panel on BM design at SMS Berlin

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Panel with Raffi Amit and Clayton Christensen on The Art and Science of Business Model Design, during the SMS conference in Berlin

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“This panel connects the discourses on business models, disruptive innovation, and design by considering business models as design artifacts. Managers and entrepreneurs are the architects and system designers who conceive of innovative business models that may disrupt entire industries. The objectives of the proposed panel include: to address the community of academics, business practitioners, and consultants (the “ABCs”) to generate a deep dialogue about business model research and its applications, specifically with respect to industry disruption; to examine the roles of founders and top managers as architects and designers of their business models; and to highlight research opportunities at the intersection of business model research, disruptive innovation, and design (web)

Innovation Playground

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Another work session with Sam Schneider for refining and clarifying “The Innovation Playground Canvas”


MCI’s business model

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

rencontre et discussion très intéressante avec Sébastien Tondeur, CEO de MCI (web) et membre de Entrepreneurs’ Organization (web). Succès impressionnant de MCI, bien présenté dans un article récent de Bilan:


Social Business Creation Competition

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Training at HEC Montreal and pitch to judges for the Social Business Creation competition (web), animated by Prof. Mai Thai, with the participation of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus.


A short video presenting best practices in business model design (video)

Design a better business

Friday, September 9th, 2016

A new book “Design a Better Business: New Tools, Skills, and Mindset for Strategy and Innovation by our friends Patrick, Justin and Lisa


This book stitches together a complete design journey from beginning to end in a way that you’ve likely never seen before, guiding readers (you) step-by-step in a practical way from the initial spark of an idea all the way to scaling it into a better business (more)

BMGEN at Lugano

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

short trip to Lugano for BMGEN/VPDesign and visit to friends Prof. Erik Larsen (web) and Giovanni Camponovo (web), at Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI)