Banks may suffer the Social Media equivalent of Galapagos Syndrome

1 03 2012

Chris van der Hoven wrote:

Today Rod Cameron (Cranfield MBA) pointed us to an article about an investment banker at Deutse Bank who has started tweeting about Tech IPOs. The article points out that he had to get a special dispensation because of the traditionally strict rules about the use of the use of Social Media (basically, DON’T!).

If you search your LinkedIn contacts I’m reasonably sure… Read the rest of this entry »


The Board’s role in innovation – ‘explore’ or ‘exploit’ or both?

8 02 2012

Chris van der Hoven wrote:

Companies considered by investors to be yield stocks are typically ‘safe bets’. They are managed for cash and focus strongly on dividend growth. The boards of these companies are expected to be conservative and to focus their innovations on dimensions that improve efficiency, reduce errors and keep costs to a minimum. Their business model is a source of competitive advantage because… Read the rest of this entry »

Your P/E ratio is what? …forget innovating in businesses with a yield stock

5 02 2012

Chris van der Hoven wrote:
I recently commented on my enthusiasm for Amazon. What I didn’t mention is that in the last 6 years they have invested circa $20Bn on R&D. Their revenue has grown too – 2002 to 2008, they went from $4Bn to $20Bn and since then it has rocketed to over $50Bn. However, their stock has been hammered (intermittently) because, for example, since 2010 they’ve had 7 quarters of declining profits. Analysts have had them at a P/E of 98! Jeff Bezos has said publically… Read the rest of this entry »

20 01 2012

Chris van der Hoven wrote:

Those of you who have worked with Keith and I on developing “next space” and “white space” prospects in the face of conservative capital decision environments, will know that I bang on about all the time. I’m a fan of Jeff Bezos and his team and the way that they have defied the “gravity” of traditional “business school” wisdom. I came across this article and thought it was worth sharing with you – CEO of the Year

My only advice to Jeff and team would be toget their hands on the URL – they are a credit to the world of innovation.

Korea working on long-term capability with companies such as Samsung, KIA and LG

19 01 2012

Chris van der Hoven wrote:
Keith Goffin has just returned from teaching in Korea at KoreaTech University. This was funded by the Korean Government’s MOT (Management of Technology) programme, which aims to promote the teaching of technology management issues in their universities. It appears that Korea is making a big effort to build on its strength in manufacturing (with companies such as Samsung, LG and Kia) and develop more capabilites for breakthrough product innovation. So there was a lot of interest in his work on hidden needs — identifying customers’ key requirements.

CitizenM Hotels – “The trendiest hotel in the world!”

23 09 2011

Chris van der Hoven wrote:




For those of you that travel, hotels will be one of the variables you’d like to get right to make the experience a bit more enjoyable. We (Keith Goffin and Bob Lillis and I) are off to test drive a CitizenM Hotel in Amsterdam. They have agreed to let us write up a case on them! Check out their website at

If you’ve stayed with them, please let us know.

Great blog for business model innovation

6 09 2011

Chris van der Hoven wrote:

I came across Anders Sundelin some years ago and he generously allowed me to use a diagram he derived on the ‘evolution of business models’. Have a look at his excellent blog at