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March 3, 2009, 5:30pm at OCAD: Saul Kaplan on R & D for New Business Models February 19, 2009

Posted by Greg Van Alstyne in Events, sLab, sLab Outreach.
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Unfinished Lecture at OCAD
Hosted by Strategic Innovation Lab and sponsored by Torch Partnership
Tuesday March 3, 2009, 5:30-7:30 pm
OCAD Auditorium

Saul Kaplan: R & D for New Business Models

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Do organizations continually need to explore, test and experiment with new business models, in the same way they do with new products and technologies today?

Saul Kaplan, Founder and Chief Catalyst of Business Innovation Factory, argues the answer is yes. For Kaplan the barrier to delivering better value isn’t technology. Humans and our institutions—both stubbornly resistant to change—impede our ability to network people, resources, and capabilities across organizations. Kaplan calls for a safe, manageable environment to explore new business models, a real world test-bed where public and private sector players can innovate collaboratively without disrupting current operations.
“Most organization leaders today have only had to lead a single business model throughout his or her entire career. And most haven’t had to significantly change a business model in order to sustain the organization competitively. Organization leaders of tomorrow will have to change their business model several times over the course of a career and the successful leader will establish an ongoing process to explore new business models, even models that might threaten the current one.”

Registration is required at: http://unfinishedlectures.eventbrite.com/

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Saul Kaplan founded Rhode Island-based Business Innovation Factory (BIF) in 2005 with a mission to enable collaborative innovation. The non-profit is creating a real world laboratory for innovators to explore and test new business models and system level solutions in areas of high social importance including health care, education, energy independence, public safety, and quality of life. Kaplan has served in senior positions with the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, Accenture’s Health & Life Science practice and the Pharmaceutical Division of Eli Lilly and Company. He holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

ABOUT THE UNFINISHED LECTURE SERIES
The Unfinished Lecture is a monthly event hosted by the Strategic Innovation Lab at OCAD and sponsored by Torch Partnership. Part of the Unfinished Business initiative, the lectures are intended to generate an open conversation about strategic innovation in the business and design of commercial enterprises and public organizations.

PRESENTED BY Torch Partnership & sLab

Torch Partnership
At Torch we think differently about the purpose and value of design. By treating business problems as problems of design we are able to develop a richer point of view on the problem itself. This creates a deeper understanding of the dynamics, and leads to a diversity of unique insights to the problem, its causes and its effects. Our greatest ambition as designers is to improve the businesses we serve. We focus our attention on creating alignment between your organization’s strategy and it’s design for creating value: from structure to processes, communications and core capabilities.

Strategic Innovation Lab
Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) is a centre for research and innovation at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD). sLab integrates academic research, professional engagement, education and skills development for private, public, and not-for-profit stakeholders. sLab is a growing community of researchers and practitioners, design and business professionals, teachers and students, who are passionate about envisioning possible futures.

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