Pre-Conference Workshops

Dr. David A. Shore
Author & Faculty Member
Harvard University


Preparing People and Organizations for the Challenge of Change:
Seven Critical Success Factors

Read our exclusive interview with Dr. Shore, "Leading Open Innovation and Change: Go 'All In' - or Go Home"

Open innovation has always required a different mindset and skills than traditional product development. With innovation now extending beyond product and technology to business models and ecosystems, the importance of managing change has never been greater. The more disruption, the more discomfort --- but even simple change is a challenge.

This session is designed to help you first identify the shape and scope of your organization's change requirements, and then determine the critical success factors and action steps to accomplish them. Dr. Shore draws on his vast industry experience and research to help you craft your own strategy and framework for launching and leading change initiatives. This interactive, hands-on session will focus on the following key areas:

  • Why do so many change initiatives fail and how do we get them to

  • Where are you on innovation's curve? (from evolutionary to

  • Identifying your organization's change typology

  • Creating a change initiative portfolio allocation model with projected ROI (Return on Innovation)
    -- how a balanced portfolio enables adaptable competitive advantage

  • Overcoming hidden costs of change, allaying fears

  • Developing capacity and infrastructure to make change happen and stick

  • identifying Your Change Success Factors using seven probe questions

Managing change is a key prerequisite to any innovation initiative.
This session offers an excellent opportunity for teams to attend
together and receive coaching.

* Brief pre-work and reading will be sent to all participants in advance

Dr. Suna Polat
Director, Collaborative Innovation & Social Product Development


Strategies, Tools and Technologies to Maximize Connectivity, Collaboration and Innovation

Read our exclusive interview with Dr. Polat, "Social Product Development: Can LIKEs and Search Improve Productivity, Knowledge Capture, Collaboration and Innovation? Yes! "

Innovation is inherently a social process, requiring collaboration at every stage of bringing a new idea to market. The gold standard for collaboration is proven to be "co-located" people having real-time interactions. However, this approach is not scalable when people and organizations involved in the innovation process are many, separated geographically, and are operating in multiple time zones. Today, collaboration by meeting, email, and conference call is still the norm, but these methods are neither efficient nor effective. In fact, many people view them as necessary evils, eroding time for reflection, creativity, and innovation.

In addition, innovators and product developers need to answer questions like has this been tried before? Are there better ideas and novel solutions available elsewhere? What do we know about this problem? This brings the necessity to have connectivity with myriad of internal and external sources, and be able to mine an enormous amount of data to find the right information at the right time to support better decisions.

With advances in social, mobile and cloud technologies there are now better ways to increase connectivity and collaboration towards an organization's business and innovation goals. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn proven strategies, tools and technologies to help:

  • generate better ideas

  • address problems faster

  • accelerate time to market with new innovations

  • leverage collective intelligence for better decisions

Dr. Polat will review commercial solutions as well as practices being used by industry leaders to achieve these results, and she will answer your specific questions.

Forging Collaborative Partnerships Between MNCs and SMEs to Accelerate Innovation
Lee Benson
Able Group of Companies
Dan Christensen
Global Group Counsel of IT, Privacy & Security
Intel Corporation
Melinda Wochner
Chief Marketing Officer
Michael Patterson
Polsinelli PC
James Walbom
Tiempo Development
Ray Immelman
Vice President - Strategy

  Abel Saud
Director of Product Development and Skin Care Science
GOJO Industries
Karen Dickinson
Polsinelli PC

As companies have been embracing, implementing and executing Open Innovation strategies as a means of innovation and achieving growth, they also have been striving to assemble an ecosystem of SMEs to deliver Open Innovation results. This workshop will include discussion and examples of various structures available for Open Innovation collaborations between MNCs and SMEs, and intellectual property and other issues that can arise both domestically and in cross-border arrangements.

To further illuminate these issues, we will use the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AMCHAM Shanghai) Open Innovation Challenge Model as an example. AMCHAM Shanghai is focused on strengthening US-China commercial ties. This workshop will help you understand the types of resources available and identify key elements of the AMCHAM Shanghai Open Innovation Challenge Model, to help build a solid foundation between MNCs and SME's in working in Asia.

You will learn about the critical elements of the AMCHAM Shanghai Open Innovation Challenge Model, including the following:

  • Who is within the reach of the AMCHAM Shanghai Community

  • The AMCHAM Shanghai platform for US-China Business and its investment and benefits

  • The process involved in connecting with SMEs in the Asia marketplace using the AMCHAM Shanghai platform

To conclude, you will hear from a panel of MNCs and SMEs about their experiences with and ideas regarding working with each other, and participate in an open discussion regarding benefits, challenges, and innovative ideas for Open Innovation between MNCs and SMEs on a global basis.

Dr. Gene Slowinski
Director of Strategic Alliance and Open Innovation Research at the Graduate School of Management
Rutgers University
and Managing Partner
Alliance Management Group


Managing Risk and Maximizing Value of OI Ecosystems: New Models for Complex Relationships

CoDev is expanding rapidly. It started with simple one-on-one relationships focused on a specific project. Today, CoDev includes reinventing supplier innovation relationships, collaborations between firms that cover an entire portfolio of projects and business model collaborations that impact the entire ecosystem. Successfully creating and managing these types of complexity require market proven tools and management techniques.

Join Gene Slowinski as he shares examples of firms who are taking CoDev to this new level. Learn how firms are using the Founders' Models and the Phased Risk Models to minimize the risk and maximize the value of CoDev on steroids.

What you will learn:

  • How companies such as Unilever and GSK Consumer Health have been able to introduce products faster and with a higher return by involving key players in the ecosystem.

  • Reinventing supplier innovation relationships to focus efforts on high value projects and access new business models.

  • Understand the most pressing management challenges of building relationships with more players and how executives deal with these challenges.

  • Identify the market proven models that facilitate alignment and communication within the ecosystem

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