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Developing a University’s Two Ecosystems

Universities can develop two distinct, overlapping ecosystems: one targets at start-ups; the second focuses on innovative companies. To date, most universities concentrate on the first, less so on the second. But a stronger innovation ecosystem creates near term opportunities to expand the university research base. We are currently working on several projects to strengthen innovation […]

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Slowly Understanding the Impact of Globalization

In 1984, I joined a boutique consulting firm, an offshoot of BCG. We had two major clients: GE and Volvo. For GE, we assisted the appliance division and their small motor business understand how to globalize their manufacturing. We used a methodology similar to this one. We would start with a detailed analysis of our […]

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Moving Toward Strategy as a Flexible Process

Strategy is dynamic. Different business units — positioned at different locations on the S-Curve — will face different strategic challenges. The implication is profound: a one-size fits all, top-down strategy process (traditional strategic planning) will not be the most productive approach to maximizing a return on assets. In too many cases, corporations are driving toward […]

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Why Trump’s Talks with North Korea Failed

If you are familiar with the dynamics of collaboration, it’s easy to understand why Trump’s talks with Kim Jong-un failed. Successful, enduring collaborations emerge from conversations with an underlying structure and trajectory. We have been studying and experimenting with the dynamics of these complex conversations for over a decade at the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab. […]

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What’s Next: Ecosystem Strategies

In the US, economic development over the last few months has focused on two big stories: Foxconn and Amazon. Wisconsin lured Foxconn with a . Virginia and New York City lured Amazon also with heavy incentives. Opposition in New York led Amazon to pull out.  Meanwhile, the real story in economic development is happening elsewhere. […]

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Teaching Strategy Skills With Simulation Games

At our Lab at Purdue, we teach the multiple skills of complex collaboration with simulation games. Every organization is facing complex, wicked challenges. We are unprepared. Traditional management practices do not work well. We do not yet have the skills or the light weight collaborative processes we need to do deep, shared, strategic thinking quickly. […]

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By Embracing Complexity We Find Simplicity

We’ve grown up with a mechanical worldview that is now getting in the way of our ability to adapt and survive. With this mechanical mindset, we think of the world as a machine. We can analyze facts and execute plans toward a predictable future. We can measure and control outcomes. Traditional strategic planning embodies this […]

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Forget Vision, Coherence and Direction Matter More

In this engaging post, Greg Satell talks about the evolving role of leadership. Facing moribund or dysfunctional organizations, leaders confront the challenge of adaptation. Unless the organization transforms, it will likely die. But how do leaders change direction and establish new, shared values? How do you open the door to new possibilities? In my experience, […]

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Agile Strategy at the North Carolina Research Campus

For the past decade, the North Carolina Research Campus has developed the infrastructure to support innovation in plant nutrition and human health. Now this loose confederation of entities — 8 universities and a private research foundation — is developing a path to move to the next level of its development. You can read more about […]

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The Story of Strategic Doing in Flint, Michigan

Flint, Michigan continues to struggle through a challenging transformation. For the past seven years, we have been working in Flint, supporting a remarkable core team. Recently, we learned that Bob Brown, our colleague from Michigan State, will be receiving a lifetime achievement award from the university.  The Excellence in Diversity Awards recognize and reward the efforts of […]

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Developing a University’s Two Ecosystems

Universities can develop two distinct, overlapping ecosystems: one targets at start-ups; the second focuses on innovative companies. To date, most […]

Slowly Understanding the Impact of Globalization

In 1984, I joined a boutique consulting firm, an offshoot of BCG. We had two major clients: GE and Volvo. […]

Moving Toward Strategy as a Flexible Process

Strategy is dynamic. Different business units — positioned at different locations on the S-Curve — will face different strategic challenges. […]

Why Trump’s Talks with North Korea Failed

If you are familiar with the dynamics of collaboration, it’s easy to understand why Trump’s talks with Kim Jong-un failed. […]

What’s Next: Ecosystem Strategies

In the US, economic development over the last few months has focused on two big stories: Foxconn and Amazon. Wisconsin […]

Teaching Strategy Skills With Simulation Games

At our Lab at Purdue, we teach the multiple skills of complex collaboration with simulation games. Every organization is facing […]