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Dave’s take on developing innovation in global 1000 fortune companies


Dave Blakely Mach49 – The Innovation and Strategy Blog

Innovating in large companies has always been difficult. Senior leaders flock to innovation, but they have to meet their quarterly goals in established business operations. So how can large companies that get their resources from existing and established lines of business, with a proven profitability rate, find the resources to nurture innovation internally and pursue it with the same consistency and rigor? For a…

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Which innovation practice will work best for you?


This is the question that Dave Blakely and I covered in a recent discussion. Dave mentioned that there are four important and overlapping perspectives on innovation in the Silicon Valley: open innovation disruptive innovation design thinking The lean startup   I/ Introducing Dave Blakely   Dave Blakely helps mach49’s clients build businesses at the intersection of emerging technologies, business opportunities, and customer needs. He…

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Innovations in healthcare : a discussion with Merv Turner (3/3)


What are the transformational innovations that will affect the healthcare industry by 2020? This is a question that Merv and I discussed in a recent conversation. I/ Innovations in Alzeihmer’s Disease (AD) Merv mentioned Alzheimer’s Disease as an area where there is the potential for a binary outcome by 2020. A number of pharma companies – Merck; Lilly/Astra Zeneca; Biogen Idec/Esai; Roche; Novartis –…

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Innovations in healthcare : a discussion with Merv Turner (2/3)


What are the critical innovations in healthcare? How are they changing the relationship between patients and caregivers ? What are the forthcoming developments in healthcare? These are some of the topics I talked about with Merv, an advisor for Bay City Capital in San Francisco and Merck’s former Chief Strategy Officer. I/ Measuring outcomes In clinical development studies, we are accustomed to the gold…

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Innovations in healthcare : a discussion with Merv Turner (1/3)


I recently had the opportunity to discuss developments in healthcare with Mervyn Turner, Merck’s former Chief Strategy Officer. Some of the topics we covered include : what were the most remarkable developments in healthcare, looking back over the last 5 to 10 years ? How have these developments changed the patient experience ? How have they changed the physicians’s practice ? How have they changed healthcare companies ?…

Why is the Travel industry undergoing major changes? What are the innovations that are disrupting incumbent players in the Travel industry? How are digital technologies transforming the Travel industry? These are some of the questions that came to my mind when I met with Vincent Lebunetel, Vice-President Corporate Innovation at Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT). I/ Introduction of Vincent Lebunetel (@vLebunetel) As Vice President of…

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Making innovation happen means smuggling – (3/3)


See part 1 here and part 2 here. How Great Ideas are Assimilated into Large Corporations For all of you entrepreneurs out there who want to know why it takes so damned long to get decisions made, well here it is: you are most likely to start your corporate incursion in the company of a conformist. Conformists are polite, and will tell you how…

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Making innovation happen means smuggling (2/3)


See part 1 here Warriors on the Dark Side of Innovation: Meet the Smugglers The dark side of innovation is where difficult and dangerous work resides. And it requires a special type of individual who can persuade people to open their minds. I call these people Smugglers. Smugglers are fearless. They choose not to relax with groups or communities that seek safety of business-as-usual.…