Business Models

Beyond the Business Model Canvas

For decades when business people and aspiring entrepreneurs came up with an idea and became serious about commercializing it, they would, by default, create a business plan. Anyone who has ever created a business plan knows they are a LOT of work. And as any innovator knows, most ideas turn out to be garbage. As a result, the creation of ...

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The art of innovation, helping cities and governments to make strategic choices

Pierre-Alexandre Balland is Professor & Innovation Strategy Advisor at Utrecht University and visiting professor at MIT Media Lab, a renowned interdisciplinary research lab, founded in 1985 by Nicholas Negroponte, that encourages the unconventional mixing and matching of seemingly disparate research areas. Pierre-Alexandre research is about the art of innovation, and he advises companies, cities, and policymakers on innovation strategy. The combination of ...

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Biomedicine as a Social Enterprise

 In his new book, Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus shares his vision for a kinder, gentler planet. It starts with recognizing what he describes as the inherent cruelty of capitalism, the need to value the abilities of every human being and understanding that saving the environment must be a collective effort. Now, Pope Francis has thrown his Papal tiara into ...

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Change Management: Combating Resistance and Driving Adoption Through Innovation

A strong change management program requires more than a strong change management plan. It requires a plan that transforms change management into an ongoing priority for your organization. As I’ve stated in the other change management articles on LaunchStreet, change management should be more than just a point-in-time exercise. To be successful it should be an ongoing mindset that change ...

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Digital Factory of the Incumbent

Introduction Technological changes are one of the leading advocators to shape customer value. They are characterized by a process of social technological variations, rooted in different disciplines e.g., economics, sociology, and psychology. It implies that the competitive advantage is increasingly shaped by the management of the polysemic nature of the customer value. This cross roads of understanding drives how shoppers ...

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Simple Formula That Explains Why Anyone Would Buy Your Invention

The following is taken from a course that I developed and currently teach at the Cox Graduate School of Business at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, named “Evaluating Entrepreneurial Opportunities” (CISB 6226) The subject of this article is the million (or 10 million, or 100 million, or a billion ) dollar question. Why would my target market ...

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3 Ways To Join The Direct-To-Consumer Subscription Revolution

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Direct-To-Customer Subscription The Direct-To-Consumer subscription model is booming. In fact, the online subscription service market has grown by more than 100 percent year-on-year for the past five years, jumping from $57 million in sales in 2011 to more than $2.6 billion in 2016 (McKinsey & Company). Why Now? A conflation of factors are fuelling the DTC subscription boom. The biggest ...

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Agile Leadership

Sound Like a Leader

When I started working at KLM in my first ever job as a team leader I made every mistake I see beginning leaders make. I did the work, instead of helping others to do it. I told people what to do and how to do it, instead of focussing on purpose and main goals. I thought I knew the answers, ...

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