Field Report

Breaking the Grip of Silos

In a world in which networks create knowledge and value, leadership involves designing and guiding these networks. In most hierarchical organizations, the task involves breaking the grip of silos by strengthening networks. We’ve learned to distinguish among three types of networks: affinity networks (or interested communities), learning networks (or communities of practice) and innovating networks.…

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Louisiana Child and Maternal Health

On July 9, the Lab spent a day in Alexandria, Louisiana tackling the difficult  challenges of child and maternal health.  This workshop highlights a growing area of interest among public health workers in the agile strategy work we are developing at Purdue. Louisiana’s Bureau of Family Health is housed within the Office of Public Health’s Center…

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Continuing our Partnership with New Jersey Innovation Institute

We finished up our time in New Jersey this week guiding a strategy workshop with administrators from a large health system. As you might imagine, they face lots of strategic issues. Yesterday, we help them tackle some operational concerns related to engineering systems – HVAC, telecommunication, maintenance, etc. In just three hours we came up…

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Florida’s CareerSource Comes to the Lab

Workforce development boards are coming to the Agile Strategy Lab for solutions. The latest is CareerSource, the  regional workforce board based in Tallahassee, Florida. Here’s why they are coming. In developing a new approach to complex collaboration, the Agile Strategy Lab team cut its teeth difficult challenges of workforce development. The education and workforce development…

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Cleaning Up the North Carolina Coast with Strategic Doing

After the Lab leads a training in Strategic Doing, we encourage participants to put the skills to work immediately. Here’s a good example. Gloria Putnam, with North Carolina Sea Grant, North Carolina State University, attended a workshop we conducted in Delaware With Sea Grant universities in the fall of 2017. This spring, she worked with her…

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Hugs for Unity in Flint: Our Partnership with Michigan State

For over five years, the Agile Lab team has been donating its time to help civic leaders in Flint, Michigan. Our starting challenge: How could we reduce teenage homicide rates. Below, you can see a video we completed several years ago with the core team that initially came to us for help. Now, the most trained…

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Addressing the Needs of Indiana’s Critical Access Hospitals

The Lab is collaborating with Purdue Healthcare Advisors to accelerate collaboration within Indiana’s critical access hospitals. This designation, established by Congress in the late 1990s, responds to the widespread pattern of closures among rural hospitals in the 1980s and early 1990s. These hospitals are continuing to struggle. They are financially vulnerable, yet they are critical…

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The Lab Works with the Kauffman Foundation on a Roadmap for Entrepreneurial Research

The Kauffman Foundation has engaged the Lab to develop a research roadmap that will guide  the foundation’s investments in entrepreneurship research. Scheduled to be delivered in mid-November, this work consists of training the Kauffman staff in new approaches and frameworks to developing entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems within regions. These ecosystems operate at multiple levels, and…

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Supporting the Center for Career Opportunities

Tim Luzader, Executive Director of the Center for Career Opportunities (CCO), asked the Lab to explore how agile strategy disciplines might move the CCO to a new level of productivity and performance.  The CCO would like to design new ways to deliver career services across campus. The core question: how can career services delivery be empowered, enhanced,…

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