Archive for the ‘ideas’ Category

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…)

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.

Value Proposition and MVP

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

A video by Steve Blank on Value Proposition and MVP, entitled “The Common Startup Mistake You Really Don’t Want to Make, According to a Serial Entrepreneur” on

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Meet the Editors

Monday, December 5th, 2016

The objective of this workshop (web), coordinated by Frantz Rowe at FNEGE, is to support young information systems faculty members from France and all over Europe in their effort to publish their research in the most prestigious outlets within the information systems discipline. Over a period of four days, the editors of leading information systems journals will work together with the participants in an interactive way to provide hands-on advice on the research publication process (more)


My workshop, more iconoclast than the serious seminars by other experts and senior editors of major journals (MISQ, ISR, EJIS …), is entitled “Research must be for publication but publication must also be for impact”

Business Ontology

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Rencontre avec Michel Vanden Bossche, un ami belge “serial entrepreneur”. Son entreprise ODASE Ontologies a développé une approche formelle, originale mais solide, de développement de gros logiciels. Ils ont eu l’occasion d’expérimenter avec succès et valider leur approche sur d’énormes projets dans le domaine des assurances, de la finance, des ressources humaines, du médical …


Pour se savoir plus sur leur vision du développement logiciel, un petit article dans Le Monde Informatique ici, une présentation pdf, et leur site web ODASE.

La révolution numérique et le vivre ensemble de demain

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Ce colloque (web), organisé par François Bodart à l’Université de Namur, est basé sur le constat d’une crispation identitaire croissante conduisant progressivement à des replis communautaires sources du rejet de l’autre et, par conséquent à la mise en question du vivre ensemble.



Le vivre ensemble tel que le conçoivent les organisateurs du colloque correspond à la recherche de convergences vers une certaine unité dans le respect des diversités au sein de la société. Celles-ci sont à la fois une richesse et un ferment pour le développement des solidarités indispensables pour réduire les fractures sociales … suite

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BMGEN at Peter Drucker Forum

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

BMGEN at the 8th Global Peter Drucker Forum in Vienna with Alex, Rita McGrath, Bill Fischer, and many others, on the theme “The Entrepreneurial Society”


In his landmark book Innovation and Entrepreneurship, published in 1985, Peter Drucker described the tectonic shift that he perceived in its early stages – the move from an employee society towards an entrepreneurial society. This shift was, and still is, being driven by unstoppable forces such as changing demographics, globalization and ever accelerating advances in information and communication technology. (more)

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CEO round table at GPDF

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Invited with Alex, by Richard Straub to the CEO Round table, with speakers Roger Martin, Tim Brown, Bill Fischer, John Hagel, and Rita McGrath on innovation in big corporations, at Vienna.


Growth engine inside big corporations

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Fruitful discussion on growth engine inside big corporations with Alex and Rita Gunther McGrath, Prof. at Columbia, a globally recognized expert on strategy, innovation, and growth with an emphasis on corporate entrepreneurship (more)