Build an A-Team

April 30th, 2018

New book by Whitney Johnson “Build an A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve”

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“My new book is filled with stories of great bosses who help their team members learn and grow (linkedIn)

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CfP HICSS’2018

April 30th, 2018

Call for Papers – Minitrak “Developing Visual Collaborative Tools” at HICSS 2019 (in Collaboration systems and technology), chaired with Stéphanie Missonier & Kalle Lyytinen, w/ Dina Elikan and Hazbi Avdiji.

Visual collaborative tools have recently emerged and gained popularity to innovate and/or address problems collaboratively within teams. By providing a shared language and/or a shared visualization, they support several challenges of collaboration related to sense-making and sense-giving and action planning in multi or transfunctional teams. One of the goals of these tools is to assist teams to explore and/or brainstorm on a given problem. This is especially useful in processes which need to generate new options and alternatives through design. These tools, such as Business Model Canvas, Team Alignment Map, Empathy map (or any visual tool for design thinking), allow for better structuring and bounding of a problem and facilitate solution searches in innovative ways during collaboration.

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An open letter to CEOs

April 25th, 2018

(recently republished in thinkgrowth)

Thinkers50, the Oscars of management thinking, asked Alex and I to write a letter to CEOs who are faced with the challenge of creating new and transformative growth inside their companies.

This is our message to them:

Dear CEO,

A recent McKinsey study shows that 80% of your CEO peers think that their current business model is at risk. The research also shows that a mere 6% of your executives are satisfied with the innovation process in your organization.

You have been excellent at executing and improving your proven and successful business models. But as the research above shows, you have not yet found the answer to inventing entirely new business models, value propositions, and growth engines.
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Construire un modèle d’affaires innovant

April 24th, 2018

Module de formation continue à HEC Lausanne

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Si vous pensez que la transformation digitale va changer l’art du possible, soyez sûrs que votre entreprise n’oublie pas de renouveler son modèle d’affaires.

Des modèles d’affaires ou business models disruptifs transforment le paysage concurrentiel de nombreux secteurs. Comment se positionner dans ce paysage ? Comment convertir ses idées en propositions de valeur innovantes et en nouveaux modèles d’affaires performants ? Comment maitriser des outils et techniques efficaces, simples et éprouvés pour concevoir, tester et transformer ces modèles d’affaires?

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Innover et repenser son modèle d’affaires

April 19th, 2018

Intervention “Innover et repenser son modèle d’affaire”, dans le Forum FORWARD sur le thème “La digitalisation, c’est mon affaire”, organisé par Le Temps et l’EPFL. Joli succès, près de 1’000 participants!

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“Aider les dirigeants d’entreprises à identifier et à saisir les occasions offertes par la digitalisation. Telle est la mission de FORWARD, le forum de l’innovation pour les PME, organisé par l’EPFL, Le Temps et PME Magazine, avec le soutien de l’Etat de Vaud.

Club HEC Singapore

April 9th, 2018

Invited by the Club HEC Singapore, after-work for the HEC alumni, organised by Laura Zaccaria



April 1st, 2018

Alex and his children are creating an awesome business comic for kids, illustrated by Holger and his team. They will soon launch a Kickstarter campaign.



March 31st, 2018

“Comment définir et construire un #BusinessModel? Les conseils d’@ypigneur #Businessmodel #Lean #Startup #Leanstartup #statégie


research seminar at NUS

March 28th, 2018

Research seminar presenting “A Design Theory for Developing Visual Inquiry Tools”, at NUS

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Maritime industry

March 23rd, 2018

Invited at BLK71 by Prof. Poh Kam Wong, Head of NUS Enterprise, to a Kopi Chat on “Ocean Opportunities” (web) for startups in the maritime industry, in partnership with Symphony Creative Solutions, which examines the business needs of various businesses within Shipping & Logistics industries.

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Kosuke Wada from Ocean Network Express (ONE) and Daniel Sparing from Google Cloud covered the challenges in the container liner business and how disruptive technologies tackle them.