Category Archives: Business Models

A Prescriptive Process for ‘Make vs. Buy’ Decisions

You are about to develop a new product (or service, or process). However, your company may not have the skills or intellectual property to develop a part of it, so you are faced with the classic 'Make vs. Buy' decision. Do you have your own people develop that part, or do you use an external company for that?

Why Sustainability is Your Next Big Innovation Opportunity

What’s the business case for sustainable innovation? That’s the question I’ve been asked most in my years working on sustainability and the main reason clients cite for not innovating around social and environmental responsibility. Well now we have the answer; the business case is $12 trillion.

Waterloo’s Dynamic Innovation Ecosystem: A model for Syrian Refugees

How can a moment when the global community highlights the plight of tens of millions of refugees put anyone in a celebratory mood? What is innovative about a world that seems to be getting ever more efficient at producing refugees? Let me explain.

What’s New about the Gig Economy for Professionals?

Elephants, Fleas and Other Animals There is a lot of discussion about the “gig economy” in business circles today, usually focusing on the plight of those at the low end of the pay spectrum: Uber drivers, Deliveroo bikers, Handy cleaners. But the biggest share of the gig economy is actually professional and white-collar workers, who ...

Going Global Cheaper: Ways to Reduce Cost Abroad

It’s safe to say that growing your business takes more than time and passion; it also requires a sizeable amount of capital to get it going. This can get pretty expensive, especially if you’re planning to move into a new country. Thankfully, advances in technology and the Internet have made it easier than ever to save ...