Archive for the ‘ideas’ Category

Social business models at Balloon

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Another meeting with Maria San Martin & Sebastián Salinas, Balloon (web2e463228cdb24359efde92ac5b159f9667b4e904

Sebastián, Ashoka Fellow (web) created Balloon, “an entrepreneurship program that seeks to form young people in the frame of social compromise and supports entrepreneurs from rural areas to help them develop their projects. A double objective where both groups complement each other in a learning process that causes great social impact.”

workshop at Idemax and adaptative capacity

Monday, March 6th, 2017

BMGEN workshop for the IDEMAX team, and meetings with Juan Carlos Eichholz, founder and CEO of CLA (web) and Sebastián Amaral, Idemax (web); introduced by Dave Gray, Xplane.


Juan Carlos also authored “Adaptive Capacity: How Organizations Can Thrive in a Changing World” (amazon).

Big companies and startups

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Interesting report by Serguei Netessine, INSEAD and on How do the World’s Biggest Companies Deal with the Startup Revolution”, with the metaphor of the Swiss Army Knife of Corporate Startup Engagement

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Junior Entrepreneur

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Rencontre et jolie discussion avec Patrick Delarive, entrepreneur et chargé de cours à HEC, sur ses multiples projets, dont notamment sa D-academy avec ses programmes “Junior Entrepreneur” et “Entrepreneur de soi”


Mobile checklists

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

defence of his PhD thesis by Thomas Boillat, entitled “The Design and Uses of IT Artefacts for Individual Routines”, under the supervision of Christine Legner.

“Research stream 1 investigates the interplay between individual routines and mobile apps as IT artefact. Research stream 2 looks into the capacities of mobile checklists, i.e. checklists that are executed on mobile devices, to codify and execute routines. [...] Research stream 3 seeks to analyze the structures and the components of individual routines in order to describe, assess and improve them. It intends to understand the extent to which activity patterns are structured vs. unstructured and the uses of IT artifacts in these patterns. Thus, it investigates the use of maturity models and process mining to support organizations in analyzing and improving their routines. …

théorie C-K

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Discussion intéressante avec Benjamin Duban et Fred Arnoux, créateurs de STIM, une startup qui industrialise la théorie C-K, de l’Ecole des Mines


“Stim-X est le centre de recherche et développement. C’est là que STIM travaille au quotidien pour repousser les frontières de l’innovation [...] STIM s’appuie sur la recherche, et principalement sur la théorie C-K, pour développer les méthodes d’innovation …

Startup Brand Ontology

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

“Days of PhD Students” at our Institute for Information Systems (ISI) in Lausanne. Among them, Dina Elikan will present her thesis proposal entitled “An Ontology and a visual tool for designing a Startup Brand”.

“Branding is key at the beginning of a startup’s life. The literature about corporate branding is dense and contains a lot of different typologies. Nevertheless the literature of startup branding is sparse and there are only few models to validate and conceptualize branding in a startup. Brands are an asset to the company, thus they should be well thought of. They are also a strategic way to differentiate a startup from its competitors. And having a well-defined brand allows all the people involved in the startup to communicate the same message to all stakeholders. This project aims to identify the key concepts and relationships in the domain of Startup Branding in order to propose a structured vision and definition of the concept. With this in mind, my research aims to develop a so- called “Startup Brand Ontology” and a visual tool to help startups co-design their brand. With the intention to help them express and communicate a clear vision, image and culture to all their stakeholders. (more…)

digital platform of micro-merchants

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Fruitful discussion with Christian Sinobas, founder and CEO of Kiwi


“KiWi is the digital platform of micro-merchants [mainly in Mexic0]. With KiWi app, merchants can manage their transactions (cash register) and sell new products and services, such as airtime top-ups for prepaid mobile phones. With KiWi card reader & app, merchants can also accept cards payments, such as Visa and MasterCard.


Security of Supply in the Electricity Sector

Monday, December 19th, 2016

PhD defence of Sébastien Osorio for his thesis entitled “Security of Supply in the Electricity Sector: the Case of Switzerland”, under the supervision of Prof. Ann van Ackere and jury with Prof. Derek W. Bunn and  Prof. Erik R. Larsen.

“The objective of this research is to elaborate on the concept of security of supply in the electricity sector (SoES), and to analyse in particular the case of Switzerland, mainly using a System Dynamics approach [...] The overall conclusion is that the security of supply is threatened in Switzerland.

CIO Symposium

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

The CIO Symposium (web) organised by the Innovation Value Institute (IVI) at ICIS aims at connecting IS scholars and IS practitioners. The CIO Symposium and IVI Winter Summit focus on ‘Winning strategies for enabling the Digital Enterprise – Secrets of Successful CIOs and thought-leaders’ (more)


Insightful talk by Jeanne Ross (MIT) on “Designed for Digital”, speaking about efficiency (of the operational backbone) Vs agility (of the digital services platform), illustrated with the impressive LEGO case study.