Featured Leadership Case

Jan Van Hasenbroek – a red pencil leader

Happy that our IMD leadership case “Jan Van Hasenbroek” featured in the September issue of the Case Centre’s Connect magazine. This is an interesting case about leadership transformation – from a man who would literally go through every submission and ppt with a red pencil, to a leader who gives his people space and support to learn and develop themselves.

EFMD Case Winner 2019

“Barry Callebaut: Forever Chocolate” CSR case winner

I’m delighted that our INSEAD case “Barry Callebaut: Forever Chocolate” won the Corporate Social Responsibility – one of 550 case entrants across the topic categories – https://www.thecasecentre.org/educators/casemethod/competitions/results/EFMD2019

A big thanks to co-author Professor Craig N Smith, whom I regularly write with, and Executive-in-Residence, Ron Soonieus for introducing us to Barry Callebaut. Craig and I are looking forward to returning to the Ivory Coast for a follow-up case to chart the progress of Barry Callebaut’s radical sustainability initiative “Forever Chocolate”.

Our Ping An Case @Harvard

Available at the Case Center

Mark Greeven and my latest case on Ping An and the role that Ping An Technology played in transforming the company from a financial institution into an ecosystem player. It includes helpful insights into how you need to structure your organization, particularly around technology and innovation to ensure connectivity and support growth in new areas. There is also a strong cultural aspect to the case.

It’s now available at Harvard Business Publishing.

Ping An Ecosystems case now available

China’s Ping An – exploring ecosystems

I’m delighted that our latest case (with Professor Mark Greeven, Jui An Yang and Wei Wei) – The Role of Ping An Technology in Enabling Ping An Group’s Digital Ecosystem – is now available at the Case Centre. A Teaching note will be published shortly and then the case will also be available through Harvard Case Publishing.

It’s a fascinating case that charts how Ping An, a Chinese insurance company, has developed into a leading technology and ecosystem player by creating Ping An Technology. There is some important learning about whether you create digital transformation through a separate unit and when to bring it back into the businesses and how you create ecosystems. Ping An is now facing the challenge of what to do with Ping An Technology.

New Case for FDC

I’m delighted that Professors Fabian Salum & Karina Coleta published their first ever case for Fundação Dom Cabral today at the Case Centre. I helped them with rewriting both the case and accompanying teaching note.

It’s a great case on a start-up from a less developed part of Brazil and based on the power of ubiquitous computing and geolocation technology. The case is particularly interesting around the twists and turns of finding a strong value proposition for new technology.

I wish both Fabian & Karina every success in selling this case and their future case writing!

Bocconi DBA – another module completed

DBA2 – our last day in class Module 2 with professors Andrea Fosfori & Fabrizio Castellucci

Bocconi’s DBA2 with the new arrivals – DBA3

We spent another great week of learning from Bocconi’s excellent faculty and each other for our DBA2 Module 3 class. With Professor Brian Smith we delved deeper into our phenomenon of interest, best practice on conducting our research and writing our dissertations, and a strategy session on how to leverage our research after graduation. The other half of our week was looking at various papers on the topic of management of innovation with Professor Andrea Fosfuri, Director of Bocconi’s PhD Program. Overseeing everything was the marvelous Director of the DBA, Professor Fabrizio Castellucci. Other highlights were a guided tour of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper and a joint dinner with the new DBA3 class. Another milestone passed, now to get on with the next steps! Can’t wait to return to Milano and Bocconi…


Knauf Aquapanel’s Top Team Outside RIBA

Last week I enjoyed participating in a programme organised by the London Business School for Knauf Aquapanel. Over the course of the two days we explored organisational integration and continuous improvement and business excellence with visits to RIBA and Steelcase. I’m looking forward to supporting Aquapanel as they develop their strategic roadmaps for 2020 and beyond.

NHH comes to London!

NHH’s EMBA in Fintech students at London Business School

I was privileged to spend most of this week with the NHH EMBA in Fintech students and their Programme Director Eirik Sjaholm Knudsen and Programme Manager, Marianne Vardal Minde. The 3.5 day programme at LBS showcased our great faculty and gave the students a taste of why London is one of the global leaders in Fintech. Thank you to Professors Andrew Scott, Michael G. Jacobides, Gary Dushnitsky and Jessica Spungin, as well as 11:FS for our visit and our fantastic ‘Embracing Digital’ panelists – Nieke Martens, Head Digital Transformation at Rabobank and Aritra Chakravarty, CEO and co-Founder, Dozens and Eleanor Hasler, VP Communications, Growth & Investor Relations Dozens.