Tag Archives: Nike

Shoe Dog: 11 Lessons from the Creator of Nike

I’m a sneakerhead. In English, that means that I collect trainers. I love the aesthetics of the shoes, but perhaps more so the dynamics of the collectibles market which Nike effectively created. In his new book, Phil ‘Shoe Dog’ Knight, the founder, former CEO and now Executive Chairman of Nike, he tells his story of taking the business from humble origins, through an IPO in 1980 and onto its current $30 billion market capitalisation.

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Whitespace vs. Rightspace: How Quest-led Innovation Finds Right Space for Breakthrough Innovation

How do you locate the right whitespace for you? How do you focus your innovation efforts on whitespace that is most likely to allow you to successfully expand your business without over-reaching and stretching beyond your capabilities? There are a group of companies today that have a secret weapon that helps them do this. Ultimately, the answer comes down to how they define their business.

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Action Project Learning Uncovers Innovative Solutions for Nike, GE and other Global Leaders

Each year, the Center for Innovation Excellence and Leadership (IXL Center) partners with the Hult International Business School and its MBA students on 'real world' action projects that brings great value to companies like Verizon, Nike, GE, Levis, and more. MBA students 'go for the gold' with global business leaders, to uncover where "the next growth will come from."

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The Innovator

Mike Friton is a freelance shoemaker, weaver, paper sculptor and innovator with over 30 years of experience at Nike. His innovations are responsible for many elements of athletic footwear that people wear today. Each of his crafts informs one another and he is constantly exploring the fringes of his field. Mike's work is a great example of how non-traditional methods of exploring one's craft can lead to unique end results.

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