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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.