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Ed Doran

Director Product Mgmt, Microsoft Research & AI, CoFounder Cortana

  • Spring 2022 – Innovation
  • Gamechanging Innovation and New Business Models

The Intrapreneur’s Journey: Lessons Learned From Building New Innovations Inside Global Enterprises

Our market landscape is changing, our customer’s expectations evolving, and new partners or competitors are springing up faster than ever. Internal innovation isn’t antithetical to global businesses, it is a core necessity. So, what is it really like to be an intrapreneur and what can we learn from other intrapreneurs to help us deliver in this new world? Ed Doran will share real world examples and lessons of moving from new discovery to new products and businesses to help you on this journey.

  • Identifying the right emerging opportunities for your enterprise
  • Rapidly testing and evolving your hypotheses
  • Gathering the right people to build and drive your vision forward
  • Knowing where to look to find early market traction and what it teaches you
  • Scaling, partnering, exiting… and then starting again

Eric Tachibana

Global Chief People Officer, AWS Professional Services

  • Innovation Lab
  • HR Lab
  • Agile Organization, Culture & Leadership for Innovation

A Peculiarily Amazonian Approach to Cultural Transformation

Eric Tachibana will lead a lab on culture transformation. He will start the lab off with an introduction to Amazon’s culture and a deep dive into the organization’s approach to culture change. This will be followed by group discussion.
Lab participants will learn the following:

  • Explore the elements of Amazon’s culture that enable innovation
  • Self-assess own company culture and work in groups to compare and discuss results
  • Learn how to go from one cultural model to another
  • Spring 2022 – Innovation
  • Spring 2022 – HR
  • Organizational Development & the Role of HR
  • Agile Organization, Culture & Leadership for Innovation

[email protected] – Making your Culture a Business Differentiator

Eric Tachibana will talk about how Amazon’s culture supports innovation. He will discuss how key manifestations of culture fuse together to create a strong culture of innovation. Eric will share insights on:

  • The relationship between culture and innovation – what enables Amazon to be innovative
  • Creating the environment that embeds the right behaviors and habits – how rituals, stories, values, and artifacts work together to create innovation culture bottom-up
  • How Amazon fosters customer obsession and day one culture – and the role of leadership principles in this

Lee Ellen Drechsler

Senior Vice President, Corporate Research & Development

  • Spring 2022 – Innovation
  • Gamechanging Innovation and New Business Models
  • Startup Collaboration, Ecosystems & Open Innov.

Creating New S-Curves – Foresighting, Working with Technology Platforms, and Collaborating with Startups

Lee Ellen Dreschler will talk about how P&G’s breakthrough innovation unit identifies and develops ideas and technologies to create new S-curves. She will explain how the unit has evolved to become multifunctional, and how its set-up and positioning allow it to work with and develop platform technologies. Lee Ellen will tell the story of the unit’s journey in developing new products from starting small through working with customers and pivoting, as well how it collaborates with startups.

  • Taking a panoramic view and incorporating external stimuli to make new connections and identify opportunities for creating new next S-curves
  • Working in a dedicated unit with a team that evolved to become multifunctional – the benefits of having a unit that can create technology platforms and provide continuity
  • The journey of developing EC-30 – starting small, working with Indigogo and with customers, adapting and pivoting to demonstrate value before bringing the project into the business
  • Creating value by enabling consumers to have a direct relationship with a product through smart and connected products
  • Key learnings on working with technology platforms
  • Bringing in partners when needed and collaborating with startups to identify ideas that may support the P&G business

Peter Schardt

Chief Technology Officer

  • Spring 2022 – Innovation
  • Spring 2022 – HR
  • Talent Acquisition & Management
  • Agile Organization, Culture & Leadership for Innovation

Empower, Guide and Shield Transformational Talents: Create Security, Community, Collaborative Culture and Boost the Creative and Transformative DNA of the Company

Change within companies is often not as easy and fast as we desire. Judit Richwien, Peter Schardt, and Marc Schlichtner will present initiatives taken at Siemens Healthineers to accelerate cultural and organizational change in support of digital transformation and customer centricity. They will talk about their three individual perspectives through the lens of the Transformers Club (T-Club), a bottom up grass root initiative.

Transformers club – a bottom-up grassroots initiative: addressing the challenge of digital transformation:

  • Overcoming psychological obstacles and creating security for people
  • Engage, guide and shield people in ‘scary’ and jeopardous change and digitalization?
  • Breaking down silos by finding the people who can bridge them and nurturing value networks
  • Creating a stage and a career alternative for people with transformational capabilities, enabling them to drive change
  • Giving transformers a mic and a stage and access to top management and create visibility and fast tracks
  • Building a real community transformation network by using diverse initiatives – from talks, activities, future camps, fireside chats – aimed at connecting everyone relevant for transformation incl. senior management, transformational experts and anyone relevant in driving transformation
  • Nurturing value networks and breaking down silos by finding the people who can stand across them

David Robertson

Senior Lecturer

  • Spring 2022 – Innovation
  • Agile Organization, Culture & Leadership for Innovation
  • Customer Centric Innovation and Design Thinking

How Cherokee Culture Can Teach Us to Innovate: Using Cherokee Values to Develop Empathy for Your Customer Community

Understanding the cultures of the communities you’re serving is critical for effective innovation. David Robertson will talk about how organizations can learn from Cherokee culture to develop empathy dor their customers. He will share insights on:

  • The significance of community for innovation
  • The case of LEGO – how the organization reconnected with its community and the role of empathy in their turnaround
  • How the Cherokee language and culture can teach us new, diverse, and rich ways of developing empathy for your customers
  • Innovation Lab
  • HR Lab
  • Agile Organization, Culture & Leadership for Innovation
  • Customer Centric Innovation and Design Thinking

Putting the Platinum Rule of Innovation into Practice: Applying Cherokee Values to Your Innovation Process

David Robertson will lead a lab on different ways to use empathy for innovation. He will briefly introduce the platinum rule of innovation and illustrate how the Cherokee’s 12 languages of empathy can serve to provide some new ways to empathize with customers. This will be followed by a card game within the groups. Lab participants will learn and work on the following:

  • Learn the platinum rule of design and understand the 12 languages of empathy
  • Play a card game to use the 12 languages of empathy to work on either innovating on a selected product or to inspire organizational change

Stephen Cook

Chief Commercial Officer for Group Technology

  • Gamechanging Innovation and New Business Models
  • Agile Organization, Culture & Leadership for Innovation

Reimagining Energy: Business Building and Culture Transformation in an Uncertain World

Energy is fundamental to human progress and the challenge is to provide this to more people while also helping the world move to a net zero carbon future. BP has a 100 year incumbency in hydrocarbon energy. In February we announced a new ambition to move the company and help the world get to net zero carbon by mid-century or sooner. This will require BP to develop new global businesses outside of oil and gas. This talk will share some of the successes and failures in BP’s use of venturing and business building in its new Launchpad subsidiary as we have begun to build an ‘ambidextrous’ organisation, able to grow its existing businesses while at the same time entrepreneurially building disruptive new businesses for the future.

Didier Boulet

Group Chief Design Officer, Design Center Founder

  • Spring 2022 – Innovation
  • Digital Innovation and Transformation
  • Customer Centric Innovation and Design Thinking

Leveraging Design for Digital Transformation: The Journey and the Lessons Learned

Thales has been on a Design Thinking journey for more than 10 years, implementing in the process a strong design (thinking) center network (15+ DCs opened across the world). More recently, Thales Digital Transformation has opened a new design workstream focusing on User Experience Design creating a unique context for the creation of a design organization/capabilities.

In this talk, Didier will present synthetic elements of this journey and the more recent convergence towards Thales Design which brings together design thinking, UX/UI, product/service design & industrial design. Didier will present some of the lessons learned and key pivots along the way.

Cordell Hardy

SVP, 3M Corporate R&D Operations

  • Spring 2022 – Innovation
  • Agile Organization, Culture & Leadership for Innovation
  • Digital Innovation and Transformation

Bolstering Innovation Culture through Clarity of Purpose

Cordell Hardy will talk about how 3M is strengthening its culture with clarity of purpose. He will discuss how the organization incorporates purpose from product portfolio to sustainability. Cordell will share insights on:

  • The five pillars of 3M’s culture – expressing purpose-driven culture effectively and helping everyone relate to it and act on it
  • Tying purpose to product portfolio, manufacturing processes, and sustainability metrics – improving alignment, enabling end-to-end ownership, and empowering decision-making
  • Engaging people with purpose-driven culture – drivers and the role of leadership
  • Digital transformation as an enabler of purpose-driven culture – from customer impact to democratization of enterprise capabilities

Cristian Corotto

SVP Digital Customer Solutions / ABB Turbocharging

  • Spring 2022 – Innovation
  • Agile Organization, Culture & Leadership for Innovation
  • Digital Innovation and Transformation

Digital Transformation Journey and the Role of Culture

Cristian Corotto has taken the digital approach and mindset from his work at eBay first to a dental implant company then to ABB. He will discuss the ABB’s four-years long digital transformation journey and share learnings on:

  • What the shift towards digital requires – from strategic vision to new organizational capabilities to innovation approach
    • Organizational set-up as the success factor for digital transformation – leveraging ambidexterity and creating distinct units that are tightly integrated at senior executive level
    • Nurturing an agile mindset – listening to customers and understanding business needs
  • Results – from growing the business while changing the business model to establishing an agile digital organization and collaborating with customers and partners to co-create scalable digital solutions
  • The importance of culture for digital, beyond agile mindset: ways of thinking and working, collaborating, and customer-centricity
    • Changing the style of leading – taking a Socratic approach with the knowledge of not knowing
    • Building a data-driven culture – having the right people and the need to work with data incrementally to create tangible value

Judit Richwien

Executive Vice President Finance Customer Services

  • Spring 2022 – Innovation
  • Spring 2022 – HR
  • Talent Acquisition & Management
  • Agile Organization, Culture & Leadership for Innovation

Empower, Guide and Shield Transformational Talents: Create Security, Community, Collaborative Culture and Boost the Creative and Transformative DNA of the Company

Change within companies is often not as easy and fast as we desire. Judit Richwien, Peter Schardt, and Marc Schlichtner will present initiatives taken at Siemens Healthineers to accelerate cultural and organizational change in support of digital transformation and customer centricity. They will talk about their three individual perspectives through the lens of the Transformers Club (T-Club), a bottom up grass root initiative.

Transformers club – a bottom-up grassroots initiative: addressing the challenge of digital transformation:

  • Overcoming psychological obstacles and creating security for people
  • Engage, guide and shield people in ‘scary’ and jeopardous change and digitalization?
  • Breaking down silos by finding the people who can bridge them and nurturing value networks
  • Creating a stage and a career alternative for people with transformational capabilities, enabling them to drive change
  • Giving transformers a mic and a stage and access to top management and create visibility and fast tracks
  • Building a real community transformation network by using diverse initiatives – from talks, activities, future camps, fireside chats – aimed at connecting everyone relevant for transformation incl. senior management, transformational experts and anyone relevant in driving transformation
  • Nurturing value networks and breaking down silos by finding the people who can stand across them

Sebastian Budischin

VP, Head of Venture Building and Strategy, Stationary Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

  • Spring 2022 – Innovation
  • Gamechanging Innovation and New Business Models
  • Startup Collaboration, Ecosystems & Open Innov.

Accelerating a New Venture Internally – and Leveraging External Partners

Sebastian Budischin will talk about Bosch’s approach to growing an internal scale-up within a corporate environment. He will discuss the approach taken to maintaining the right degree of flexibility and independence for the venture as well as the strategy for collaborating with partners to accelerate growth. He will share challenges and best practices on:

  • Growing the internal venture within a corporate environment – the process, setting the right KPIs, and managing external partnerships
    • Managing the challenges of growing the venture from an exploration to an exploitation phase – from managing processes to getting around legacy funding cycle discussions to preserving flexibility and building a sales organization with a different set of capabilities in a yet undefined market
    • Addressing the challenge of customer building – starting with segments and building a roadmap of key deliverables to increase maturity from financial, capacity, and technology perspectives
    • Maintaining transparency with the Board to drive the project forward
  • Engaging with the ecosystem – looking into ecosystem roles, identifying customer segments, building the necessary competencies to select partners for joint value creation
  • Lessons on partnering with the ecosystem in the growth phase, such as the need for openness, transparency, and talking at eye level for win-win partnerships

Kelly Van Dyke

Director, R&D External Innovation Technology Scout

  • Spring 2022 – Innovation
  • Startup Collaboration, Ecosystems & Open Innov.

Collaborating with Startups – The Approach, Ways of Working, and Lessons Learned

Kelly Van Dyke will talk about how PepsiCo collaborates with startups. She will introduce the organization’s tripartite collaboration strategy and will delve deeper into partnerships within R&D workstreams. Kelly will share insights on:

  • The PepsiCo positive (pep+) journey – how sustainability impacts the organization
  • How the organization approaches external partnerships with three different lenses – from M&A to Pep Labs to the R&D partnerships group
  • The R&D partnership approach – collaborating inside R&D, process overview, prioritization, and identifying new projects
  • How the R&D approach complements and accelerates knowledge and capability in targeted areas to deliver on business needs and consumer centric products – an example of successful startup partnership on biodegradable material
  • Lessons learned on making partnerships work and leveraging the strengths of both the corporate and the startup

Volker Hammes

Managing Director, New Business

  • Spring 2022 – Innovation
  • Gamechanging Innovation and New Business Models
  • Startup Collaboration, Ecosystems & Open Innov.

Building New Business: Managing Challenges, Scaling, and Collaboration with Startups

In this fireside chat, Volker Hammes and Axel Rosenø, CEO of Innovation Roundtable, discuss new business creation at BASF. They discuss how BASF is organized for new business creation and delve into lessons learned on building new businesses, managing challenges, and scaling. They further discuss why organizations should not go it alone and how to co-innovate with startups.

Hans Nikol

VP Head of Open Innovation

  • Spring 2022 – Innovation
  • Startup Collaboration, Ecosystems & Open Innov.
  • Innovation for Sustainability and Circular Economy

Leveraging Open Innovation and Collaborating with Customers and Startups on Sustainability

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Thomas Canova

EVP, Head of Technology Scouting & Venturing

  • Spring 2022 – Innovation
  • Startup Collaboration, Ecosystems & Open Innov.

Building New Businesses & Leveraging Open Innovation – Adapting Methods, Making Purposeful Investments in Startups, and Lessons Learned

Thomas Canova will talk about how Solvay develops and incubates new platform-based businesses. He will discuss how the organization identifies new opportunities, manages uncertainty, and collaborates with startups to develop and incubate new businesses. Thomas will share learnings on:

  • Developing platform-based businesses – from road-mapping to open innovation to resource caps
  • Defining the right topic from the market and tech perspective and executing on it
  • Determining whether to work with agile or waterfall – and adapting the selected method
  • Establishing governance with the business and ensuring that leadership is transferred from research to business teams
  • Lessons learned on venture capital from why investment should be about purposeful money to what the company should bring to the startups to partnering with internal businesses

Harald Tepper

Sr Director Sustainability, Program Lead Circular Economy

  • Spring 2022 – Innovation
  • Innovation for Sustainability and Circular Economy

The Journey of Philips Towards the Circular Economy

Philips is a global leader in Health Technology, aiming to make the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation. Via its “Healthy People, Sustainable Planet” program, Philips is driving a broad agenda of societal and ecological development goals, with a strong focus on UN Sustainable Development Goals SDG3 (increasing the world’s health and well-being) and SDG12 (responsible consumption and production). In moving towards a Circular Economy, Philips’ aim is, by 2020, to reach 15% of its total revenue from circular propositions and to take back and repurpose all the large medical systems that its customers are prepared to return to it. Harald’s work on the Circular Economy program is focused on realizing the corporate ambitions, unlocking business value and innovation potential, with active involvement and engagement of Philips’ employees. In this talk Harald will describe the journey, including successes and challenges along the way.

Florian Rothfuss

Director of Customer Innovation

  • Spring 2022 – Innovation
  • Agile Organization, Culture & Leadership for Innovation
  • Digital Innovation and Transformation
  • Startup Collaboration, Ecosystems & Open Innov.

Building Digital Businesses, Empowering Teams, and Balancing the Interaction with the Mothership

Porsche Digital was founded with the goal of helping Porsche digitalize the core and open up new business opportunities. Florian Rothfuss has been leading innovation projects for new business areas since the unit’s inception. He will discuss how Porsche Digital builds new digital businesses and interacts with the mothership. Key learnings on building digital businesses:

  • Aligning with the mothership but also fighting for the freedom to do things differently and take risks – creating a balance for each project
  • The crucial role of collaboration – ensuring all parties involved are partners and share risks and benefits
  • Having the humility and gratitude for innovating in new areas to avoid the polarization of the new and fancy vs processes and following rules – the transformation to a more agile and innovative organization should be driven by both sides
  • Starting with strong hypothesis development and empowered teams – and daring to cut projects if not successful
  • Organizing around project teams – empowering the teams and setting up projects as internal startups
  • Collaborating and investing in external startups to see the deal flow and have exposure to startup ecosystem – lessons learned

Pia Huusfelt

Global Business Manager Circular

  • Spring 2022 – Innovation
  • Innovation for Sustainability and Circular Economy

Innovating for Circularity – Building Circular Business Models and Working Agile

Pia Huusfelt will talk about how IKEA innovates for circularity. She will share how the organization identifies innovation opportunities and builds circular business models around them while working in an agile way. Pia will share learnings on:

  • Identifying opportunities for circular business models for growth and within the limits of the planet – conducting interviews in 17 markets to identify problems to innovate around
  • Shifting from linear to circular and decoupling growth from natural resources – utilizing the value of what is already in use to eliminate landfill waste
  • Building and testing circular business models – working with customer journeys to enable people to acquire and care for circular products
  • Working in agile ways with self-managed teams – steering the team, trusting the process, and managing challenges in interaction between agile and non-agile
  • Learnings from building circular business models – the need to shift from transaction to interaction, manage the multitude of product loops, leverage customer touchpoints as opportunities, and more

Ludvig Liljekvist

Global Sustainability Insight and Foresight Leader

  • Innovation Lab
  • Innovation for Sustainability and Circular Economy

Creating Visions and Stories for a People and Planet Positive Future

This interactive session will combine an individual exercise and group discussions on envisioning products in and related aspects in different future world’s contexts.

Hendrik Esser

Manager Special Projects

  • Spring 2022 – Innovation
  • Agile Organization, Culture & Leadership for Innovation

Leveraging Business Agility for Growth Innovation – in Parallel to Incremental Product Development in the Core Business

As part of its shift away from manufacturing consumer electronics to developing software solutions around its core strength in network infrastructure, Ericsson embarked in 2008 on a transformation effort that prioritized agile to help reorient the entire organization. Through his experiences at Ericsson, Hendrik Esser draws on the essential aspects of the organizational transformation to discuss how to leverage business agility for growth innovation.

  • Leveraging business agility – the ability to dynamically shift between approaches
  • Why agile is not the one-size-fits-all approach for all contexts in an enterprise
  • Ensuring the chosen approach is fit-for-purpose to the challenges at hand
  • How to grow the pace of innovation in parallel with the core business

  • Spring 2022 – HR
  • Future of Work, Agile HR, HR Tech & People Analytics

Engendering Mindset Change Within the Organization to Succeed in a Complex (VUCA) World

Ericsson embarked in 2008 on a transformation effort that prioritized agile to help reorient the entire organization. Through his experiences at Ericsson, Hendrik Esser will talk about how to drive mindset change to create an adaptive organization and present some of the key lessons learned:

  • How a VUCA world (of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) requires adaptive organizations, empowered people and a fundamental shift in culture and mindset
  • How to drive mindset change – key success factors and challenges
  • Learnings from Ericsson’s twelve-year mindset change journey

Michael McKay

Head of Design Thinking and UX Design

  • Innovation Lab
  • Customer Centric Innovation and Design Thinking

Thinking Visually and Building Stories – Leveraging Rich Narratives in Innovation

Michael McKay will lead a lab on how to use rich narratives in innovation. He will start the lab off by explaining the reasons for using narratives, and will introduce a template for participants to use in crafting their own storylines. Michael will also share different variations of narratives to serve as inspiration. The lab participants will learn and work on the following:

  • Understand the role narratives can play in innovation – and learn how to use narratives and build a storyline in their own work
  • Craft a storyline around a theme using provided visual props or their own sketches
  • Create a short film to document the storyline
  • Harvest learnings, share, and view other participants’ work during video screening of films

Karolina Bjurehed

Head of Investment Relations

  • Startup Collaboration, Ecosystems & Open Innov.

Building a Successful Startup Collaboration Model & Mixing Strategic and Financial Investments

Karolina Bjurehed will talk about how Volvo Cars’ startup collaboration program evolved from early struggles to a success. She will also discuss the organization’s venture capital approach. Karolina will share insights on the following:

Making corporate-startup collaboration work:

  • The early struggles on the startup collaboration journey – NDAs, slow processes and more
  • Learning from experience, starting an accelerator in Israel, and evolving the approach so as to arrive at a successful model
  • Addressing the ‘not-invented-here’ mentality and turning it around
  • Getting stronger buy-in and anchoring ideas within R&D top management – inspiring management who then ensured there are people from product streams to work with accelerator and startups
  • Setting up weekly meetings to dig deeper into potential collaboration opportunities

Venture capital approach – supporting R&D with securing innovations through collaborating prior to investing

  • Building a close collaboration and working closely with startup management teams
  • Determining whether to opt for strategic investment or to mix both financial and strategic ones

Cordelia Krooss

Agile Coach - Digitalization of R&D

  • Innovation Lab
  • Agile Organization, Culture & Leadership for Innovation

Exploring the Common Pitfalls of Adopting Agile within R&D

The Lab will explore the frictions between the theory behind agile and the real world of R&D. Participants will discuss challenges in adopting agile in R&D, examine different aspects of the resulting frictions, and harvest insights and learnings.

Gaurav Sharma

Circular Consulting Practice Lead, Europe

  • Spring 2022 – Innovation
  • Innovation for Sustainability and Circular Economy

Seizing Opportunities in a Circular Economy

Gaurav will talk about Schneider Electric’s approach to leveraging circular opportunities. He will explain how the organization brings together upstream and downstream initiatives and targets with the aim of creating circularity-ready products and enabling circular loops and circular business models. Gaurav will illustrate the approach with examples and will share how the organization drives circularity and what lessons were learned on the journey.

  • The approach to leveraging opportunities and creating circular business models – tying circularity to business needs
  • Bridging upstream and downstream initiatives and targets – leveraging eco-design so as to make products and equipment circularity-ready and enable circular loops in the downstream use phase – Circular business model examples
  • Driving circularity across the organization: setting strict targets and translating them to all sites and units of the organization; creating incentives to drive circularity, demonstrating awareness of the win-win that circularity brings, and creating internal incubation challenges
  • Lessons learned such as no one-size fits all approach, ensuring safety of people and assets, the need for market surveillance, and more

Marc Schlichtner

Principal Key Expert and Founder of T-Club

  • Spring 2022 – Innovation
  • Spring 2022 – HR
  • Talent Acquisition & Management
  • Agile Organization, Culture & Leadership for Innovation

Empower, Guide and Shield Transformational Talents: Create Security, Community, Collaborative Culture and Boost the Creative and Transformative DNA of the Company

Change within companies is often not as easy and fast as we desire. Judit Richwien, Peter Schardt, and Marc Schlichtner will present initiatives taken at Siemens Healthineers to accelerate cultural and organizational change in support of digital transformation and customer centricity. They will talk about their three individual perspectives through the lens of the Transformers Club (T-Club), a bottom up grass root initiative.

Transformers club – a bottom-up grassroots initiative: addressing the challenge of digital transformation:

  • Overcoming psychological obstacles and creating security for people
  • Engage, guide and shield people in ‘scary’ and jeopardous change and digitalization?
  • Breaking down silos by finding the people who can bridge them and nurturing value networks
  • Creating a stage and a career alternative for people with transformational capabilities, enabling them to drive change
  • Giving transformers a mic and a stage and access to top management and create visibility and fast tracks
  • Building a real community transformation network by using diverse initiatives – from talks, activities, future camps, fireside chats – aimed at connecting everyone relevant for transformation incl. senior management, transformational experts and anyone relevant in driving transformation
  • Nurturing value networks and breaking down silos by finding the people who can stand across them

Robert Austin

Professor, Innovation & Digital Transformation

  • Digital Innovation and Transformation

Digital Transformation at GE: What Went Wrong?

As recently as five years ago, GE was held up as an example of how companies should do digital transformation. They were not waiting to be forced to change, people said, they were “disrupting themselves.” They invested heavily, creating an entirely new GE Digital division, aspiring to become a “top ten software company.” People believed them, partly because of GE’s longstanding reputation as one of the world’s best managed companies. But in 2018, it became apparent that this ambitious transformation had veered off course. The company fell into an extended and deep crisis. In November 2021, the company announced that it would split up, which the Wall Street Journal described as “the end of the GE we knew” and a page turning in business history.

In this interactive lab, we will discuss what they were trying to do and how they tried to do it, in an effort to figure out what went wrong. Our end objective will be to extract lessons relevant to all companies about how to succeed in established firms with digital transformation — what the GE story can tell us about mistakes to avoid and how we should proceed.

Ken Webster

Visting Fellow

  • Innovation Lab
  • Gamechanging Innovation and New Business Models
  • Innovation for Sustainability and Circular Economy

Four Elements of the Circular Economy: A Systemic View

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Ian Machan

Senior Industrial Fellow

  • Gamechanging Innovation and New Business Models
  • Digital Innovation and Transformation

How Product Manufacturers Can Develop Advanced Service Offers

Presentation: Based on the research and practical experience of The Advanced Services Group at Aston Business School, Ian Machan will present frameworks and tools to help manufacturing companies develop their own advanced services:

  • How competing through services leads to alternative services goals
  • The services staircase of basic, intermediate and advanced services – examples and its relation to digital technology
  • Four elements of the business model related to servitizing a manufacturer
  • Transformation roadmap with four key phases and four moving forces
  • Organizational challenges of moving to advanced services and the issue of integrated or separate business units Group

Exercise: Snakes and ladders service transformation game is an interactive group exercise that shares previous experiences in moving into advanced services. Using a snakes and ladder game format, the players are challenged to explore how the typical experiences of others would impact on their own company and their own potential to move into advanced services. It offers a tool to engage with others back in the home organization and jointly anticipate risks.

Ammon Salter

Professor of Innovation and REF Director

  • Talent Acquisition & Management

Developing Your Technologists: Adapting Incentives, Career Tracks, and HR Approaches to Harness the Talents of R&D Staff

Ammon Salter will lead a Lab on managing technologists. He will start off the Lab with a brief introduction to the main tensions in motivating and developing R&D staff as well as the trade-offs in resolving them. This will be followed by group discussions.
The Lab participants will learn and discuss the following:

  • Understand the tensions in harnessing the talent of R&D staff – and learn how these tensions map onto the company strategy and culture and what the trade-offs are in resolving them
  • Learn what motivates R&D staff and what some of the good practices are
  • Self-assess practices from own organizations and identify challenges
  • Work in groups to compare, discuss, and share good practices
  • Harvest discussion results

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