BMGEN on Stanford MBA reading list

July 9th, 2016

BMGEN recommended by Stanford MBAs for reading this summer, recommended by Alex Lofton, founder of Landed


Don’t Let Your Company Culture Just Happen

July 8th, 2016

Blog post on HBR (web), with Alex and Kavi on The Culture Map we designed with Dave Gray.


“Companies should be as intentional about culture as they are about strategy and business model innovation. We believe that a tool is incredibly important for discussing and capturing organisational culture”

“For the week it went live it had the highest share and save rates on HBR site. It’s clear the readers appreciated it!” dixit the Editor

Modèles d’affaires des entreprises familiales

July 7th, 2016

séances avec Luis Cisneros (hec) sur les modèles d’affaires des entreprises familiales et familles en affaires

L’objectif est de décliner le Business Model Canvas en trois questionnements pour aborder les trois domaines critiques d’une entreprise familiale: “entreprise, famille et patrimoine”, du Family Circle Business Model, proposé par Tagiuri et Davis.


On pourrait envisager en plus du Business Model Canvas, un Family Model Canvas, similaire au Mission Model Canvas (web), et un Ownership Model Canvas pour le financement …

Social Business Creation

July 7th, 2016

Shooting of videos illustrating the business model of Azuri (web), using the BMC and VPC, for the Social Business Creation competition (web), animated by Prof. Mai Thai, with the participation of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus.


A paraître sur EDUlib, une initiative (MOOC) de HEC Montréal qui vise à rendre disponible en accès libre une formation universitaire de qualité en français dans le domaine de la gestion (more).

Privacy Calculus

July 1st, 2016

Liu, Z., Shan, J. & Pigneur, Y. (2016) The Role of Personalized Services and Control: An Empirical Evaluation of Privacy Calculus and Technology Acceptance Model in Mobile Context. Journal of Information Privacy and Security (forthcoming)

The last few years have witnessed an explosive growth in the use of smartphones. Such widespread use brings with it concerns over the protection of privacy. The purpose of this study is to better understand such privacy issues in a mobile context. Building upon existing privacy concern literature, this study has developed a theoretical framework that combines a privacy calculus model with a technology acceptance model in the mobile application context. Also examined is the role of personalized services and users’ control over personal data in this domain. Based on a study of 308 participants, the results reveal that perceived enjoyment has replaced perceived ease-of-use as a main predictor of perceived behavioral intentions in a mobile TAM. The findings also showed that personalized services and users’ control over personal data have a strong effect on both a privacy calculus and mobile TAM.

Summer school on management of creativity (4)

June 30th, 2016

Workshop at the Summer School on Management of Creativity in an Innovation Society  (program), organised by Patrick Cohendet, Laurent Simon & Lucy Stojak.

“The Summer School offers a unique and privileged opportunity for 60 participants from different countries and backgrounds to explore and compare two ecosystems in creative and innovative cities, Montreal and Barcelona, as well as to tap into new sources of inspiration on how to create environments that stimulate innovation. (more)

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This mini-workshop aims at presenting the latest Business Model Innovation and Lean Startup tools. Business model innovation and industry changes will be illustrated with examples such as Nespresso, AirBnB, Tesla and AWS. Design thinking attitude will also be emphasized for exploring and prototyping business models. Participants will learn the latest on how to design and test business models and value propositions to decrease the risks of innovation. He will, in particular, get participants to apply the concepts, canvases and tools to design sustainable business models and innovative value propositions. Finally, the synergy between the business model canvas, lean startup and customer development will be briefly presented for testing business models

BMGEN à eCOM Montréal

June 28th, 2016

Un atelier matinal pour eCOM Montréal (web)

La mission de eCOM MTL est de “promouvoir le commerce en ligne et ses meilleures pratiques dans le monde des affaires au Québec par le biais de conférences pointus et de partenaires chevronnés. L’objectif d’eCOM MTL a toujours été d’offrir des conférences de niveau international, basées sur des cas concrets et surtout pouvant être mis en pratique!

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Comment maitriser des outils et techniques efficaces, simples et éprouvés pour analyser, élaborer et évaluer des propositions de valeur attrayantes et des modèles d’affaires innovants?

Culture map of Amazon

June 26th, 2016

Based on the letter that Jeff Bezos sent to shareholders about the Amazon’s corporate culture, we described this corporate culture using to The Culture Map we developed with Alex and Dave Gray (see article on the HBR post here)


The outcomes presents the growth as the main goal and some achievements according this objective. The behaviours corresponds to positive actions people performed insideAmazon, such as willingness to fail, eagerness to invent, and patience to think long term. These visible behaviors are driven by enabling factors such as high judgement individuals or teams, risk-acceptance mentality, and reversible decision, if failure is detected.

see also the blog post by Kavi (post), entitled “How Jeff Bezos Maintains Amazon’s Killer Company Culture”


5@7 with Henry Mintzberg

June 22nd, 2016

5@7 with Henry Mintzberg at HEC discussion on “Rebalancing Society”

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“Henry Mintzberg, undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest thinkers on the strategy and management of organizations, is the Cleghorn Professor at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. His works continue to be fundamental references in education programs and for leading thinkers worldwide (more)

BMGEN à Hydro Québec

June 21st, 2016

Séminaire sur business model innovation pour le centre de recherche IREQ de Hydro Québec, invité par son Naouf Naggar, chef du développement stratégique.


Les objectifs de cet exposé sont de (a) découvrir le Business Model Canvas et le Value Proposition Canvas, des outils visuels pour décrire des modèles d’affaires et leurs propositions de valeur, (b) mieux comprendre certains exemples marquants d’innovation par les modèles d’affaires, et (c) évoquer certaines approches de “design thinking” et “lean startup” appliquées à la conception de business models.