Projects

Lab goes to Iowa City

The Lab headed to Iowa City to train 22 civic leaders in the new disciplines of agile strategy.  The diverse group included the president of the Community Bank, two county commissioners, the head of United Way, the equity director of the Iowa City Human Rights Commission, the head of the Iowa city Chamber of Commerce,…

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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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Agile Strategy at Birck Nanotechnology Center

Yesterday, we worked with the scientists at Purdue’s Birck Nanotechnology Center to design a strategy. We started with assets, of course. To make the process easier, we divided our group into three. Each table had 5-6 people. We agreed on a core set of assets prior to the workshop, and then we prepared a card…

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Purdue Healthcare Advisors and Critical Access Hospitals

Purdue Healthcare Advisors (PHA) is working with 14 Critical Access Hospitals across Indiana to introduce new “lean” processes. These very small hospitals are facing enormous challenges. Some are part of larger healthcare systems that are reorganizing. Others are facing major financial challenges. They chronically have difficulty recruiting and retaining medical staff. Yet, these hospitals provide…

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Lab Continues Work with Fraunhofer and New Jersey Innovation Institute

For the past three years, we have been working with the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) to pilot innovation and technology management frameworks in the U.S. market. The models, developed by Fraunhofer IAO, have been successfully deployed in Germany but have yet to be translated into the U.S. context. In this video, Don Sebastian, head…

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Designing Strategic Diversity in Teams: An S-Curve Perspective

Each of us makes a unique contribution in our work to help organizations and communities design and execute strategy and in starting, scaling, and growing something new. Knowing where we best contribute, can be a first step in assembling the right team that is “strategically diverse” enough to take on these complex challenges. Based on…

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Working with the Purdue Center for Career Opportunities

Timothy B. Luzader, Executive Director of Purdue University Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) has connected with us to help in developing a new strategy for the CCO.  Some exciting opportunities are ahead.  the expansion of social media and artificial intelligence create new pathways to engage students.  As with other units within the University, the CCO…

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Designing an Agile Strategy Game for KSU-Olathe

The Kansas State University Olathe campus presents an opportunity to design the future of the land-grant university within a metropolitan campus. To address these challenges, our colleagues at Kansas State engaged the Agile Strategy Lab to introduce Strategic Doing to faculty and staff from the Olathe campus. In order to make this introduction, we designed…

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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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