Category Archives: agility

A Peek Inside the Mind of Jeff Bezos

It is not too often that the leader of a Fortune 500 gives you an insight into how their company achieves competitive advantage in the marketplace in a letter to shareholders, instead of launching into a page or two of flowery prose written by the Public Relations (PR) team that works for them. The former ...

The Trichotomy: Dual Corporate Innovation and Transformation

Here is a chart, shown by Scott Anthony from Innosight during a worthwhile talk on Dual Transformation. It puts in a nutshell what he refers to as the "hardest challenge in business today". The chart greatly captures the fact that dual transformation involves three distinct playing fields...

Organizational Agility Entails Dual Innovation

Ralph Ohr explores the question: In order to increase agility, should organizations aim to become more nimble across their existing structures or should they capitalize on separated units/ventures - such as innovation or digital labs - being dedicated to initiate and develop explorative ideas and opportunities?

A Model for Dual Corporate Innovation Management

As rightly pointed out by Tim Kastelle recently, it’s imperative to distinguish discovery from execution when it comes to startup and innovation activities – bearing in mind that both purposes are complementary and equally important. Along with the case made in my previous post, this suggests following a dual approach to balanced corporate innovation management. The main objective of dual approaches is to ...

The Shift Economy

In the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall, both Russia and Poland embarked on remarkably similar journeys.  Using the same western advisors, they privatized state owned companies, implemented free market reforms and transformed their legal systems to compete more effectively in the world economy. Yet despite the nearly identical programs, the results couldn’t ...

The Shift Economy

In the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall, both Russia and Poland embarked on remarkably similar journeys.  Using the same western advisors, they privatized state owned companies, implemented free market reforms and transformed their legal systems to compete more effectively in the world economy. Yet despite the nearly identical programs, the results couldn’t ...

Key Innovation Issues for the Time Ahead – Part 2

In addition to the still highly topical issues, outlined in part 1, I’d like to raise another four points which I personally foresee key for innovation management in the time to come – making no claim to completeness: Organizational Ambidexterity As you can see from previous posts, I’ve been passionately advocating the importance of organizational ambidexterity for a couple of years ...

Key Innovation Issues for the Near Future – Part 1

Innovation Portfolio Over TimeThe challenge for companies will be to find their positions in upcoming platform ecosystems. Not every company has the capability and influence to act as an orchestrating platform builder. But even participating in other firms’ ecosystems can be highly attractive. Continue reading