PhD Candidate in Technology and Operations Management
I conduct research on the dynamics of innovation, in particular on the effects of very specific moments in the life of companies: transitions.
I focus on three complementary streams of research:
- I am principally interested in startups and the way they orchestrate pivots and business model innovation to sense and seize new opportunities.
- I also study how companies can optimize their transitions between pioneering and traditional innovation, between using close and distant technologies.
- I analyze the return on transitions between R&D-driven and design-driven innovation.
My research is applicable to answer many "hot" questions driving business today. For instance, how does a startup like Fab.com go from a gay social network to a market place for designers to the Nike id of furniture and in the same time from a startup to a unicorn to be acquired for only $15M in only 18 months? Crazy? Random? Or the wrong execution in terms of business model innovation and pivoting?
A more traditional question but still unresolved at the execution level: how does IBM transition successfully from hardware to software to services?
Finally, what is really true about design and design thinking? How does Apple use design to go from a dying computer hardware company to the highest market value in the world?
Everybody wants to think out-of-the-box, but too many people forget the box! There are ways to execute transitions in innovation and design. Designing your value chain is at the center of successful innovations.