PIMS Executive Forum
Three or four times a year, we bring together a small group of executives from each of the participating companies with leading thinkers and scholars in the fields of innovation and strategy to discuss central issues in innovation management and strategy, and a small group of doctoral and master students at that work in this area. The Executive Forums includes a mix of lectures, group and plenary discussions and Q&A with international thought leaders.
Rita McGrath - Seeing around corners
Rita McGrath is a globally recognized expert on innovation and growth strategies with an emphasis on corporate entrepreneurship. She was here to visit, introduce and pre-launch her new book “Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before they Happen”. She reminded us how transient advantages are and show us a new playbook for strategy.
The Power of Paradox
Wendy Smith is a professor of organizational behavior at Alfred Lerner School of Business at the University of Delaware. She is one of the leading experts in the world on managing paradox in organizations. Professor Smith has taught MBAs and undergraduates at University of Delaware, Harvard and University of Pennsylvania.
Reverse Seminar: Current Problems in Innovation and Strategy
This seminar focused on two challenges posed by PIMS member companies. In the morning session we addressed a challenge from BKK related to organizing innovation, and after lunch we addressed a challenge from Equinor related to leading digitalization initiatives. Professor Amy Edmondson from Harvard Business School facilitated our discussion.
Leadership in a World Overcrowded with Opportunities
Roberto Verganti is Professor of Leadership and Innovation at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano, where he directs the Leadin'Lab, the laboratory for LEADership, Design and Innovation. He has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School twice, at the Copenhagen Business School and at the California Polytechnic University.
The End of Competitive Advantage
Professor Rita McGrath from Columbia Business School who is one of the leading voices in the field of strategy came and talked about how to use real option logic and discovery driven planning to manage portfolios of temporary advantages that collectively yield lasting advantage.
Navigating the Innovation Journey
Professor Andrew Van de Ven who is one of the leading figures in modern innovation research lead discussions on how to change processes in established organizations, and how to navigate the innovation journey that is often fraught with unforeseen challenges.
Fearless Organizations & SMN Challenge
Amy Edmondson, who is the Novartis Professor of Leadership at Harvard Business School, talked about how you make your organization fearless in a way that builds its capability.
Digital Platforms and Business Model Innovation
Marshall Van Alstyne is along with his co-authors the world’s leading authority on digital platforms and how they transform businesses. This does not only apply to companies like Facebook, Amazon, Uber and Airbnb, but traditional companies from clothing, automotive, utilities, banks and financial companies are rapidly moving toward the two-sided markets on networked businesses.
Strategy Revisited: Creating and Capturing Value
Paul Verdin has Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard University, where he was a Teaching Fellow with Nobel Laureate Tom Schelling and former Labor Secretary Bob Reich at the JF Kennedy School. He combined this with work at McKinsey, Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, the I.M.F. & the World Bank.
Professor Ron Adner from Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College talked about “A New Strategy for Innovation: What Successful Innovators See that Others miss” and how to use minimum viable ecosystems as a strategy for launching new solutions.
Teaming for Innovation
Professor Amy Edmondson from HBS and the world’s leading expert high-performance teams lead discussions on how to effectively use teams by creating a psychologically safe environment focused on maximizing learning and innovation.
Disruptive Innovation and Jobs to be Done
Professor Clayton M. Christensen from Harvard Business School launched his new book “Competing against luck” in Trondheim. This seminar focused on understanding the theory of disruptive innovation and how to avoid the threat of disruption by using the “jobs to be done” framework.