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How Design Thinking Will Reshape Business Model Innovation

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

In this Strategyzer blog post with Alex and Kavi, we explain how a technique made famous by architects like Frank Gehry can transform the way leaders can solve business problems in today’s rapid and dynamic business environment. [...] as analyzed and emphasized by Richard Boland and his colleagues at Case Western …  more


Innovation playground

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Work session with Sam Schneider, designer, founder and partner of CustomFuture (web), on drafting a book, developing a new conceptual tool – the “Innovation Playground Canvas”, and defining a design process in order to conceptualise and prototype everything from brand, looks, functions, interactions, experience to business model in 2 weeks.


Culture map

Monday, January 11th, 2016

blog post by Kavi on the Strategyzer’s blog, entitled “Best Practices: How To Use The Culture Map”

“Since Dave Gray and Strategyzer launched the Culture Map, thousands of people around the world have downloaded the tool to help them design their corporate culture. In this post, we collected 7 best practices from Dave Gray and Alex Osterwalder for using the Culture Map in collaborative sessions … (more)


Another blog post by Dave Gray here on “Culture Mapping as a way to move a sales team from product-focus to solution orientation”

Design Science Research in IS

Monday, January 11th, 2016

CUSO activity “Design Science & Design Thinking” in Ovronnaz, with Jean-Henry Morin (UniGe) and Kil-Soo Suh 서길수 (Yonsei University, Seoul)

The objective of this course is to offer PhD students in information systems (IS) and computer science (CS) the methodological foundation of design science research and design thinking. More information can be found on the CUSO website.

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Bruno Giussani receives a Swiss award

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Bruno Giussani received yesterday the Swiss Award 2015 in the category “Economy”. Bruno Giussani (web) is the European director of TED. He is a member of TED’s senior team and curates and hosts TEDGlobal, TED University and various TED Salons and special events.


Top 50 Management Thinkers of 2015

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

article “The Top 50 Management Thinkers”, in Poets & Quants, by Jeff Schmitt

“[...] However, Harvard’s dominance isn’t as pronounced at second glance. [...] Otherwise, faculty members from six members also made the Top 20. They include [...] Rita McGrath (Columbia), [Alex Osterwalder &] Yves Pigneur (University of Lausanne), [...] Other award winners include: [...] the University of Lausanne’s Alex Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur (Strategy Award), [...]

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2015 busy year

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

The year began with the launch of “Value Proposition Design”. It started well; appeared in rankings and media; and BMGEN market still going strong; million copies exceeded.

2015, it was also 60 keynotes or workshops around the world. It began with a Peer Review Summit in New York organised by Strategyzer. In spring, back to Asia for three months. Always a pleasure to visit Singapore (NUS). First time in Australia, wonderful experience, warm welcome. Then Tokyo for a superb stay, as always; several talks and workshops for companies and entrepreneurs. Back to Switzerland in May, for the anniversary of the 30 years of our Master in Information Systems at HEC. Then go to West: Vancouver, 10 years after our sabbatical (UBC), Boston with Alex, then a long stay and a bunch of activities in Montreal (HEC).

Good teaching load in Lausanne this fall, with a few trips in Europe for masterclasses and workshops. To finish the year in style ;-) in November, together with Alex, we made it on the Thinkers50 list (rank #15) of all business thinkers worldwide, and we won its “Strategy Award”.

Thinkers50     Best wishes for a great 2016.

BMGEN for Santa Inc.

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

“The amazing business model of Santa, Inc” by Gérard Métrailler (blog), using Strategyzer :-)


Season’s greetings,

SoftwIre Integration

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Thesis defence by Hendrik Ludolph at University of Neuchâtel, entitled “SoftwIre Integration – an approach to service composition through distributed representations of arbitrary-length business ontologies”, under the supervision of Gilbert Babin, HEC Montréal and Peter Kropf, UniNe.

VPDesign on the WEF’s list

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

“20 books by the most influential thinkers in business” on the World Economic Forum Agenda (web)


BTW made Rita McGrath’s required reading list here