The Hargadon Group advises a range of companies, from Fortune 500 firms to start-ups, on the rapid creation of value in new ventures, utilizing a set of well-developed tools and processes for moving rapidly between ideation, testing, and execution of new ventures and for exploring network strategies for exploring and enhancing business models around core offerings.
Clients include Mattel, Inc., Mars/Masterfoods, and Avery-Dennison.
Innovation remains one of the most critical yet least understood capabilities for surviving in a rapidly changing global economy. Professor Hargadon combines insights from historic and modern breakthroughs to describe a strategy for innovation that relies less on the lone genius and more on the ability--as individuals and as an organization--to tap your networks and create new and breakthrough innovations from existing resources and opportunities.
"Thank you for your amazing keynote presentation at our mid‐year conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The content, your delivery and your ability to connect with our audience made your presentation the ideal starting point for this conference. It was remarkable to see our speakers and attendees continue to reference key points in your presentation throughout many other sessions. Further, I think these points will remain themes throughout the coming months. Thank you for starting our conference with momentum that helped to make this important conference an even greater success." - Sherry Keramidas, PhD, CAE, Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs Professional Assocation
"Absolutely first-rate. Andy was the perfect closer to two days of sessions and he was successful in connecting with the business-side and newsroom managers. No easy task. The highlight of the offsite."- - Steven H. Weiss, VP Marketing & Public Affairs, The Sacramento Bee
Today's business environment offers the means to recreate all but the most complex production systems using networks of supplier and distribution partnerships. The world is flat, but this isn't new. Professor Hargadon talks about how such moments represent historic cycles of innovation and change, about how companies have prospered by effectively embracing these new networks, and about how to develop the organizational competencies needed for seeing and building such network innovations.
"Everyone designs who devises course of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones."
How to organize for innovation--even how to think about it--is obscured by myth and hyperbole. This interactive session introduces a network perspective of innovation, using both modern and historic cases to draw lessons from companies that have mastered the capability of continuously innovating. We'll explore the network dynamics behind breakthrough innovations and then move, specifically, to how executives can exploit these dynamics in their individual careers and in their organizations, ending with concrete learnings and actions. Depending on the format, this workshop includes case discussions, analysis of organizational resources and opportunities for innovation, and analysis of effective organizations networks.