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“Business model innovation changes the art of possible.” Yves Pigneur
"This is an absolutely superb book and my first and only book on business models. It is so up to date and filled with gems that I feel no need to read another anytime soon." Michael Uschold, Seattle, WA
"BMG is a deceptively simple, extraordinarily powerful innovation tool." Bruce Kasanoff, Goodread
Dr. Yves Pigneur has served as Professor of Information Systems at the University of Lausanne since 1984, and as visiting professor at Georgia State University, University of British Columbia, and the National University of Singapore. He earned his doctoral degree at the University of Namur, Belgium. He is editor-in-chief of the academic journal Systèmes d'Information & Management (SIM). Together with Alexander Osterwalder, they authored the international bestseller Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers.
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“To win in volatile and uncertain environments, executives need to learn how to innovate in order to exploit short-lived opportunities, with speed and decisiveness. Innovation and strategy are now deeply and inextricably linked. The leaders of tomorrow’s successful organizations will no longer be held hostage to the idea of a ‘sustainable’ competitive advantage. Rather, they will be energized to compete in a transient advantage economy.” Rita McGrath
“In today’s economy, committing to achieve sustainable competitive advantage is like building the Maginot Line: It locks you into a position from which it is hard to move, and it does not keep the bad guys out. Better instead to adopt Rita McGrath’s playbook for exploiting transient competitive advantages and get your organization to embrace the fact that the only constant is change.” Geoffrey Moore, Author, Crossing the Chasm and Escape Velocity: Free Your Company’s Future from the Pull of the Past.
“The ideas in Discovery Driven Growth are some of the most important tools of management and strategy that have ever been developed. Managers who use these methods will be able to navigate the uncertainties of growth ventures with confidence.” Clayton Christensen, Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School and author of The Innovator’s Solution.
Rita Gunther McGrath, a Professor at Columbia Business School, is a globally recognized expert on strategy in uncertain and volatile environments. Her thinking is highly regarded by readers and clients who include Pearson, Coca-Cola Enterprises, General Electric, Alliance Boots, and the World Economic Forum. She is a popular instructor, a sought-after speaker, and a consultant to senior leadership teams. She was recognized as one of the top 20 management thinkers by global management award Thinkers50 in 2011. She’s also been recognized as one of the top ten business school professors to follow on Twitter. In 2009, she was inducted as a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society, an honor accorded those who have had a significant impact on the field. In 2013 she will serve as Dean of the Fellows. McGrath is the author of three books in addition to her upcoming book The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast As Your Business (Harvard Business Review Press).
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“If there’s one message I hope people will take away from my book, it is that there is far more opportunity out there than many executives realize.” Mark Johnson
“It is theory into practice with a heavy emphasis on practical. This is a must read, must own book if you are or aspire to be a business leader.” Reg Nordman, Vancouver, BC
“Seizing the White Space” provides excellent material on prolonging and revitalizing the vitality of one's business. Loyd E. Eskildson, Phoenix, AZ.
MARK JOHNSON is Co-founder and Senior Partner of Innosight, a strategic innovation consulting and investing company with offices in Massachusetts, Singapore, and India, which he cofounded with Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen. He has consulted to the Global 1000 and start-up companies in a wide range of industries—including health care, aerospace/defense, enterprise IT, energy, automotive, and consumer packaged goods—and has advised the U.S. and Singapore’s government on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Mark’s most recent work has focused on helping companies envision and create new growth, manage transformation, and achieve renewal through business model innovation. This work is the subject of the McKinsey award–winning Harvard Business Review article, “Reinventing Your Business Model,” his book entitled Seizing the White Space: Business Model Innovation for Growth and Renewal, published in 2010 by Harvard Business Press, as well as a most recently co-authored Harvard Business Review entitled “New Business Models in Emerging Markets”. Mark has published articles in the Sloan Management Review, Business Week, The Washington Post, Advertising Age, and National Defense.
Prior to cofounding Innosight, Mark was a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he advised clients on managing innovation and implementing comprehensive change programs. Before that, he served as a nuclear power–trained surface warfare officer in the U. S. Navy.
Mark received an MBA from Harvard Business School, a master’s degree in civil engineering and engineering mechanics from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree with distinction in aerospace engineering from the United States Naval Academy. He currently serves on the board of the U.S. Naval Institute.
Mark, his wife, Jane Clayson Johnson, and their children live in Belmont, Massachusetts.
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“Innovation Games will be indispensable for anyone who wants to drive more successful, customer-focused product development: product and R&D managers, CTOs and development leaders, marketers, and senior business executives alike.” Luke Hohmann
“Luke has done a wonderful job with this book. He has brought together a set of techniques that make gathering information about new products easy. If you are looking for a way to easily assess the state of a product, how it is being perceived, used or what is desired then this book is for you.” Douglas E. Shimp
“Very useful, varied and practical.” Muir, Alexander
LUKE HOHMANN is the Founder and CEO of The Innovation Games® Company the leading provider of seriously fun games that produce seriously great market research results. The author of three books with long titles, Luke’s playfully diverse background of life experiences has uniquely prepared him to design and produce serious games. Luke graduated magna cum laude with a B.S.E. in computer engineering and an M.S.E. in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan. In addition to data structures and artificial intelligence, he studied cognitive psychology and organizational behavior under such luminaries as Elliot Soloway, Karl Weick, and Dan Dennison. He is also a former United States National Junior Pairs Figure Skating Champion. In his spare time, Luke likes roughhousing with his four kids, his wife’s cooking, and long runs in the Santa Cruz mountains to burn off his wife’s cooking. Luke’s an old school Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Instead of building a company to flip, he’s building a company to change the world. E.B. White is proud!
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“Game storming is about creating game worlds specifically to explore and examine business challenges, to improve collaboration, and to generate novel insights about the way the world works and what kind of possibilities we might find there.” Dave Gray
“A play book for work and life.” Christa Avampato, New York, NY
“A guide to non-liner real world problem solving.” Todd R. Jordan, St. Peters, MO United States
Dave Gray is SVP Strategy at the Dachis Group, one of the world’s leading social business consultancies. His current focus is on emerging strategies for 21st-century business. His latest book, Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers details more than 80 tools and techniques used by the world’s leading innovators.
Prior to his work at the Dachis group, Dave was Founder and CEO of XPLANE, the visual thinking company, which was acquired by the Dachis Group in 2010. He is also a founding member of VizThink, an international community of Visual Thinkers.
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“I'm passionate about providing tools that guide others to reach out for the experiences and practice that results in increased visual literacy. Collaborative drawing, diagramming, designing, and media creation are all mediums that facilitate this important work, and are the ones in which I'm immersed and intent on helping evolve.” David Sibbet
“This amazing book shows you how visualization can bring clarity to the growing complexity around us.” Bob Johansen, Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future
’What If Meetings Where Really Fun AND Productive?’ Can you imagine? Visual meetings master David Sibbet has done it – put all the competency, wisdom, language, technique, resource, tools, everything you need in one delightful book!” Robert E. Horn, author of Visual Language: Global Communication for the 21st Centrury
DAVID SIBBET is President and founder of The Grove Consultants International, designers of visually based tools and services that enable organization, teams and individuals to successfully envision and implement innovation and change. The Grove is hub to a large network of associates, partners, and other visual practitioners. Complementing its consulting and design services with training and tools for visual work.
David is author of the best-selling book Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes & Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity, and a second book called Visual Teams: Graphic Tools for Commitment, Innovation, & High Performance. He works with corporations, government, non-profits, schools and professional associations throughout the world blending panoramic/real-time visualization with well-designed group process.
David is designer of the Grove’s Sustainable Organizations Model, the Drexler/Sibbet Team Performance System, the Grove’s Visual Planning Systems, and author of The Grove’s Facilitation Series. He holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, a BA in English from Occidental College, and a Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. He was a staff member of Coro Center for Civic Affairs in the San Francisco area for eight years directing leadership development programs before starting The Grove in 1977. He is now chair of the board of the Coro Center. He lives in San Francisco with his poet/teacher wife Susan.
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“Not all the smart people work for you. If you make the best use of both internal and external ideas, you will win. And a better business model often beats a better technology.” Henry Chesbrough
“Chesbrough’s writings on open innovation are some of the most important, insightful ideas about innovation and creating new growth that have ever been written.” Clayton M. Christensen, Professor, Harvard Business School.
’The ideas in Discovery Driven Growth are some of the most important tools of management and strategy that have ever been developed. Managers who use these methods will be able to navigate the uncertainties of growth ventures with confidence.” Jim Collins, author, Good to Great, co- author, Built to Last
’Chesbrough has pioneered an entire rethink of business innovation that’s rich in concept, deeply explained, with tools read to use in every industry.” Scott Cook, founder and chairman of the executive committee, Intuit
Internationally acclaimed author and speaker Dr. Henry Chesbrough is the creator of one of the most influential theories of modern business – open innovation. He first coined the term in his 2003 award-winning book, “Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology” (Harvard Business School Publishing, 2003). His insights into open innovation models have restructured the world of research and development, and created new landscapes of business development and innovation strategy.
In 2006, Chesbrough extended the approach from technology innovation to business model innovation in his successful follow-up book, “Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape” (Harvard Business School Press, 2006). His 2011 book, “Open Services Innovation: Rethinking Your Business to Grow and Compete in a New Era” (Jossey-Bass, 2011) focuses on innovation models that can truly drive transformation and growth. With global economies shifting from being manufacturing-focused to services-focused, the book demonstrates that openness, and its ability to deliver improved choices for customers and better economies for corporations, is a path that can turn commodity companies into trailblazers.
Chesbrough, who was named to the Thinkers50 list in 2011, also serves as Executive Director, Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, which focuses on conducting research, publishing articles and developing teaching materials around open innovation. Chesbrough is also a tenured Full Professor at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Before his work at Berkeley, Chesbrough was an assistant professor of business administration and the Class of 1961 Fellow at the Harvard Business School. His academic work has been published in Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Sloan Management Review, Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Research-Technology Management, Business History Review, and the Journal of Evolutionary Economics. Chesbrough is the author of more than 20 case studies on companies in the IT and life sciences sectors, available through Harvard Business School Publishing.
Prior to his academic career, Chesbrough spent 10 years in various product planning and strategic marketing positions in Silicon Valley companies. He worked for seven of those years at Quantum Corporation, a leading hard disk drive manufacturer and a Fortune 500 company. Previously, he worked at Bain and Company. Chesbrough holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from Yale University, summa cum laude.
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“Business model innovation is not just a topic for entrepreneurs who are coming up with new ideas, bringing them to the market to disrupt the big companies, it’s something for everybody. It’s important because it pays off.” Alex Osterwalder
“Alex has the potential to become a worldwide guru on Business Modelling.” Thomas Beerepoot, Bolster, The Netherlands
“Alexander’s work in applying business models is true thought leadership.” Richard Hunter, Gartner Inc., USA
Dr. Alexander Osterwalder works as an independent author, speaker and advisor with a particular focus on business model innovation, strategic management and management innovation. He regularly performs keynote speeches and workshops on the topic of business model innovation in companies, in business schools and at conferences around the world.
Besides his independent activities he is partner at Arvetica, a consulting boutique focusing on the private banking and wealth management industry. His role includes business development and the management of a peer knowledge exchange platform for senior executives in private banking (www.privatebankinginnovation.com). The platform aims at helping senior executives and private banking professionals understand the changing industry landscape, notably from other leading personalities, such as CEOs of top Swiss and international banks.
Before that Dr. Osterwalder founded and ran BusinessModelDesign.com, a consulting boutique active in strategy consulting with a focus on business model innovation. He also helped develop and implement the strategy and business concept of a globally active not for profit network called The Constellation for over one year in Thailand. The Constellation brought knowledge management methods from the private sector (particularly BP) to the health sector to better respond to the challenges of HIV/AIDS and Malaria.
Dr. Osterwalder has a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where he worked as a teaching and research assistant and published extensively. He also developed and taught a seminar on Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D).
Previously, he was active as an entrepreneur in the banking sector and as an online business journalist for BILANZ. He is an inaugural member of the Open World Initiative (OWI) of the Evian Group at IMD, Switzerland.
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“A survival guide for the manager in the large company.” Arnaud Dufour, Lausanne Switzerland
“How to be top in business! Revealed at last in gory detail, the secrets of survival in the corporate shark pool for managers who’ll sink to anything to make it big. Hilarious.” FNAC
“This book is the new stapler.” Michael Oualid, CEO at Center for Alternative Research
“The anti-management handbook. Snide, silly – and gloriously refreshing! The ugly face of bad management in 85 snippets.” LE PARISIEN
“Make it easy on yourself. A quirky, offbeat book that shows up bad managers and their noxious practices. It gets a serious point across with humour.” CHEF D'ENTREPRISE
Both an academic and a practitioner, Stefano’s main research interests are coordination and collective performance. As a program manager, he works to facilitate interdisciplinary teams coordination, break down organizational silos and barriers, help achieve major change projects and more generally execute strategy. As a researcher at HEC Lausanne (University of Lausanne, Switzerland), Stefano designs new tools to improve real-time interpersonal coordination, mainly through better conversation management. I analyze toxic behaviors and attitudes, from both the employee and the manager perspective, as well as failed projects in order to identify worst practices and anticoordination patterns. He holds a PhD, a Master’s Degree in Organization and Business Information Systems (MBI) and a BA from the University of Lausanne and has spent the last 15 years working as program manager in both small and large international organizations, mainly in the financial industry.
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“Innovators come before innovation. When we think about innovation as a leadership skill that can be practiced and developed in the field, we empower a new generation of leaders who have the tools to visualize creative possibility and build imaginative futures.” Lisa Kay Solomon
“Lisa is a master at designing and engaging diverse audiences in strategic conversations that enable innovation and change the future of organizations. Her passion, energy, and sense of humor set the room on fire!” Patrick van der Pijl, CEO, Business Models Inc., Amsterdam
“Lisa is an absolute master at designing and fostering meaningful conversations and connections. She is a phenomenal teacher, networker, collaborator, and innovator and one of the most sought after professors in the San Francisco Bay Area.” Justin Lokitz, Autodesk, San Francisco
Lisa Kay Solomon teaches innovation and venture studio at the groundbreaking MBA in Design Strategy program at San Francisco's California College of the Arts. Building on her background in experience design, scenario planning, and business strategy, Lisa is passionate about helping leaders think originally and expansively about the future, and their role in creating it. She has brought her "Innovation Tradecraft " to executive teams in diverse organizations, such as Herman Miller Inc., Toyota Financial Services, Citrix, Stanford's Media X, and the Kauffman Fellows Program. She also works with educators to bring innovation and discovery skills into primary education through teacher and student workshops. Lisa has lectured at such leading business schools as Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, Cornell University, and the University of Virginia and has been published in Design Management Review, Businessweek.com, and on prominent blogs including Duarte Design and Watermark for Exceptional Women.
She is the coauthor of the forthcoming book Moments of Impact: Designing Strategic Conversations that Matter (Simon & Schuster, 2013) with Chris Ertel, which describes how to apply design principles to high-stakes, open ended strategic challenges. Lisa holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BA from Cornell University. She lives in Menlo Park with her husband and two daughters.
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“There are no facts inside your building, so get outside.” Steve Blank
“Capstone in permanent disruption of entrepreneurial education.” Patrick Vlaskovits
“A ‘must-have’ and ‘must-practice’! No matter if you are a start-up building a business or a corporation building a new growth engine: You need this book!” Alex Osterwalder
Steve Blank is a Silicon Valley-based retired serial entrepreneur, founding and/or part of 8 startup companies in California’s Silicon Valley. A prolific educator, thought leader and writer on Customer Development for Startups, Blank teaches, refines, writes and blogs on “Customer Development,” a rigorous methodology he developed to bring the “scientific method” to the typically chaotic, seemingly disorganized startup process.
Now teaching Entrepreneurship at three major Universities and the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps), Blank co-founded his first of eight startups after several years repairing fighter plane electronics in Thailand during the Vietnam War, followed by several years of defense electronics work for U.S. intelligence agencies in “undisclosed locations.”
Blank's first book, "The Four Steps to the Epiphany," detailed the Customer Development process and remains required reading among entrepreneurs, investors, and established companies alike, when the focus is optimizing a startup’s chances for scalability and success. Blank views entrepreneurship as a practice that can be managed rather than purely an art form to be experienced.
"The Startup Owner’s Manual" was Blank's second book and is a step-by-step guide to building a successful startup, offering practical advice for any startup founder, entrepreneur, investor or educator. His Customer Development methodology launched the lean startup movement. It is rooted on startups "getting out of the building," talking to customers and using that feedback to develop and refine their product.
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