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Meet the team

The Course Team

First, let me present the team of collaborators that has worked on this course and that will accompany you throughout this four week adventure.

In collaboration with the ULB Podcast team, Anousheh Alamir coordinated the writing and visualizing of course material. Adrien Lafosse assisted with his keen insights on innovation. And I, Manuel Hensmans, am a professor in innovation strategy at Université Libre de Bruxelles who has the pleasure of fronting this project.

Montage of the pictures of the three members of the course team

These few lines below will tell you a bit more about us.

Before joining Solvay, I set up a company, worked as a consultant and was a research fellow at Rotterdam School of Management, Manchester School of Management, London Business School, Strathclyde Business School and Lancaster School of Management. I also worked as an Associate Professor of Strategy & Innovation at Toulouse Business School. I have published my work on strategy and innovation in journals such as MIT Sloan Management Review, Organization Studies, Management International Review, Long Range Planning and Journal of Organizational Change Management, as well as in a number of books. My most recent book, ‘Strategic Transformation’ (Palgrave 2013) was described by the Financial Times as the “Chief Executive’s in-depth guide to how to sustain and refresh strategy over time”. The book is available in a Chinese language edition (战略转型: 赢时思变: CEIBS, 2015).

Anousheh Alamir is a French PhD candidate in Economics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She did her undergraduate degree at the University of Bordeaux, with a visiting year at the Université Laval in Quebec, before doing her master’s at the University of Birmingham. Anousheh moved to Brussels in 2010 to work in EU Regulation. She later decided to move to research, starting with a doctoral training at the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES).

Adrien Lafosse is a student entrepreneur at Start Lab/Solvay Entrepreneurs. More particularly, he is setting up the service platform firm Pick’n’Task with the help of Solvay Entrepreneur’s business incubator. He did his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Engineering at the Solvay Brussels School, with an exchange year at Carleton University in Ottawa.

The Guest Speakers

In this course, we will deepen your learning through thought-provoking debates with world-leading experts. Let me now present the high-profile guest-speakers we will have the pleasure of welcoming in this course.

John Van der Linden, global open innovation manager at Procter & Gamble, will help us provide deep insights on P&G’s innovation journey from the early 2000s up to 2017. John Metselaar, Director of the Innovation Council at The Conference Board, will share the insights on management innovation he developed during the last thirty years with us. George Yip, Professor of Strategy and Marketing at Imperial Business School and world-leading expert on Asian innovation, will answer our questions on how Asian and Western innovation dynamics meet. Anabelle Gawer, Professor of Digital Economy at the University of Surrey, will tell us more about platform innovation and platform strategy.

Montage of the pictures of the guest speakers

These few lines below will tell you a bit more about them.

John Van der Linden is a Global Open Innovation Manager at Procter & Gamble. John worked 12.5 years at P&G China as a Technology General Manager and an Associate Director. He has led large innovation groups (135 people) as well as small highly strategic groups. John is a recognized inspirational speaker in the areas of Innovation, Succeeding in China (cultural understanding) and Work/Life Coaching. He won several awards at P&G, amongst which as Trainer of the year (2008 through to 2013). He also won the Managerial/Technologists Partnership For Success award (2013).

John Metselaar is the Director of the Innovation Council at The Conference Board, which brings together top innovation leaders of large corporations to jointly establish cutting-edge innovation competence while creating productive networks. John also acts as a Professor of Management Practice in “Leading Innovation”, and Academic Director of the Executive MBA Program at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. Finally, he is the founder and General Manager of J-Met CONNECT, which brings Innovation Leadership Expertise, Consultancy, and Coaching to its clients. Prior to this, he worked as Site Leader in the Brussels Innovation Center, and as Director of Global Innovation at Procter & Gamble.

George Yip is a Professor of Strategy and Marketing as well as the Associate Dean for Executive Programmes at Imperial College Business School. George grew up in Hong Kong, Burma, and England. He previously held academic positions at a series of prestigious institutions: he was Professor of Strategy and Co-Director of the Centre on China Innovation at China Europe International Business School, Dean of Rotterdam School of Management - Erasmus University, Professor of Strategy at Harvard Business School, Beckwith Professor of Marketing and Strategy at Cambridge Judge Business School, and Professor of Strategy and Associate Dean of the MBA at London Business School. Professor Yip has written several best-selling books on the topic of global management, and Asian business & innovation in particular.

Annabelle Gawer is a Professor of Digital Economy at the University of Surrey, and arguably a world-leading pioneer in the field of platform innovation and strategy. She previously was an Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Imperial College Business School. An award-winning researcher and educator, Annabelle Gawer is an expert on digital platforms and innovative business ecosystems. Annabelle’s research on platforms has been featured in The Economist and The Wall Street Journal. A pioneer of international stature in the field of platforms, Annabelle is a leading voice in advancing research as well as managerial practice and European policy.

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Innovation Strategy: Challenging the Usual Suspects

Université Libre de Bruxelles

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