For decades, the ground underneath our universities has been shifting. Universities have been slow to respond. Yet, transformation is clearly on the horizon. as our political economy evolves, universities adapt. In his Jonathan Cole notes in his book, The Great American University, “the history of universities in America is inextricably bound up with the history…

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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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The Lab is  heading back to The Netherlands. We are working with our Dutch partner, Human Insight,  on a workshop to develop  an innovation and entrepreneurial  ecosystem in agribusiness and food in The Netherlands. We are working with the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and the food accelerator, FoodStars, to organize this workshop. …

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Both markets and technologies are changing rapidly. Finding new markets for existing technologies and new technologies for existing markets is often a complex challenge. Agile Innovation is the latest solution set from the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab. For the past four years, we’ve been partnering with Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute to make these  technology innovation management…

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It’s no surprise that academic research often lags behind market developments (Brown & Mawson, 2017). What if, to help us close this gap, we thought of practitioners and policy makers as researchers? What if we consider them not users of research but co-producers? Sound strange? It shouldn’t. This trend is underway in the agricultural sector.…

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Agile approaches to strategy and innovation in technology-rich environment is a relatively new field. The availability of strategic innovation tools and techniques, specifically designed for food technology, is significantly lacking. THAT is about to change. Marcela Martinez is our very first PhD student and this is the focus of her studies. Marcela has an MS…

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MatchBOX Coworking Studio and the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab have entered into a new partnership, further deepening the relationship between MatchBOX and Purdue University. The focus of the new partnership is to provide a test bed for developing and strengthening entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems. Dennis Carson, Co-Founder of MatchBOX and Director for Economic Development for the…

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Over the past four years, we’ve worked” with the New Jersey Institute of Technology on the launch of their New Jersey Innovation Institute. Many of the ideas underlying Institute emerge from our discussions. Beginning last spring, the Institute launched its own Agile Strategy Lab. In addition to adopting our approach to agile strategy, the Lab…

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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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Next week, we will head back to Trenton, NJ. For the second year in a row we will be working with local businesses and civic leaders to design a set of strategies focused on designing an ecosystem that will help small businesses grow. We are partnering with the City of Trenton to provide the Trenton…

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