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Rajiv Ball

Rajiv BallTHNK创新领导力学校的合伙人。在THNK,他主要负责领导项目,开拓全球市场和为公司客户设计、定制课程。在此之前,他是麦肯锡咨询公司的合伙人并负责麦肯锡全球伙伴的领导力发展。同时,Rajiv也是加州大学伯克利分校海斯商学院领导力学的资深讲师。他于英国剑桥大学获得学士学位,伦敦政治经济学院获得硕士和博士学位。

Berend-Jan Hilberts

Berend-Jan HilbertsTHNK创新领导力学校的高级从业导师。凭借自己的商业战略和创新背景,他为国内外的公司提供咨询,使这些公司产生新的创新并创建新的发展平台。Berend-Jan非常热衷于帮助领导者更有效地带领团队创新,除了参与THNK的高管培训教学,他还设计和教学大公司客户的内部培训课程。Berend-Jan于荷兰莱顿大学获得学士学位,鹿特丹伊拉斯姆斯大学获得硕士学位。

Robert Wolfe

Robert WolfeTHNK创新领导力学校的领导力导师,他当初是作为THNK的领导力导师、故事叙述教练和创新引导者加入THNK团队的。 在此之前,他曾是一名管理培训师,在很多国家担任私人教练,即兴表演演员,他还是一名为年轻人创作科幻小说的作家。他长期研究体验式学习和内心对话,在演讲技巧方面有着多年的教学经验。Robert于荷兰奈尔洛德商学院获得工商管理学士学位。

伍健民

伍健民教授是美国百森商学院终身教授,曾长期担任百森商学院市场营销系主任,其教学与研究领域非常广泛,主要包括:高科技营销、竞争战略、发展中国家营销战略、公司创业发展以及模拟经营等。他教授致力于先进管理方法的研究,开发了TechMark管理实战模拟训练系列课程,成为全美最成功的管理模拟课程之一。伍教授还长期担任美国多家公司的管理顾问以及众多新创企业的董事,在西方的经营管理方面有着丰富的实践经验。他于美国印第安那大学获得工商管理博士。

杨宇

杨宇博士2000年毕业于吉林大学,获应用心理学学士学位,2007年毕业于美国南加州大学,获社会心理学博士学位,2008年至2010年在美国康奈尔大学管理学院工作,从事博士后研究与教学,2010年至2015年在中欧国际工商学院工作,担任管理学助理教授,20159月加入上海科技大学,担任创业与管理学院副教授,其尤其擅长谈判领域的商业课程。

Jamie Dixon

Jamie曾在多家跨国企业担任培训师,培训内容主要包括:高效沟通能力、报告能力、能力素质模型、投资回报率等。在中国生活了近10年的他,了解中国文化,能够流利地用中文授课。他于20151月曾为上海科技大学的行政人员做过一次高效沟通能力的培训,受到大家的广泛欢迎。他于英国利物浦大学获得全球人力资源管理硕士学位。

牛磊

牛磊在2005年大学毕业后前往美国。在纽约的八年中,先后获得了纽约大学的计算机科学硕士以及工商管理硕士(科技创新管理方向)。但真正感染他、改变他的是美国社会创新的大潮。在成功创办了全球第一个OpenIDEO学生社区后,他更明确的认识到要应对21世纪全球化的社会创新挑战,年轻人必须要具备全球化的创新、设计思维模式。这意味不管是个人还是团体都必须要用心去感受,用脑去思索,用手去改变。

为了实现他的愿景,牛磊广泛的和中国的企业以及大学合作,不断寻找,扶持中国自己的新一代创变领导者,让他们能够更有创造力的思考,更有感染力的领导同路人,一同走向全球化的成功。2015年开始,牛磊加入上海科技大学创业与管理学院团队,主要负责学院创新类项目的设计和实施。

About THNK

THNK’s mission is twofold: we accelerate the development of creative leaders at the intersection of corporate, private and social sector, and help create innovative solutions to the world’s societal challenges. To achieve this, we focus on creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and collective initiative. Through our activities, we combine social impact with business model innovation.  We bring together social entrepreneurs, commercial business entrepreneurs and corporate innovation managers from across sectors and from all over the world.

 

With the objective to create a top-notch school for creativity and innovation, THNK was founded as a joint initiative by the business and creative sector, the Dutch Prime Minister and the Dutch Innovation Platform.  In 2010, THNK was officially established in the mayor’s residence, receiving more than €6 million of initial capital from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the city Amsterdam, and the Province of North-Holland. On top of that, THNK received significant support from its launching partners, which include McKinsey & Company, Droog Design, Vodafone, Stanford d.school and Philips Design.

THNK is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and embodies the DNA of the city:  international orientation, entrepreneurship, creativity and active citizenship.  It’s staff, faculty, and community of participants are truly international with impact in over 40 countries.

THNK launched its first program in March 2012. Currently, 200 participants are partaking in our Creative Leadership program, while thousands of others have joined our in-company and online programs. At the end of 2014, we will open our first international locations in Vancouver and Lisbon.  We are exploring a location in Shanghai and in the Middle East.   Each location will be committed to those innovation topics and leadership programs that are most relevant to its city and region.

THNK is a privately funded school, non-dependent on subsidies.  We are a social enterprise that reinvests its profits into its mission.   THNK constitutes a new category – a Creative School (‘C-School’). We do not focus on management (‘B-School’) but on innovation leadership; and we do not focusing on product design (‘D-School’) but on new (social) business design.   Dubbed by Stanford University as “the future of higher education”, THNK leads the way in experimentation and innovation in solving societal challenges.

 

THNK has a number of core activities, which include: (1) the Creative Leadership Program, (2) our Challenges, (3) the In-company programs, (4) Research programs, and (5) support to the community of THNK leaders. Each is described below.

 

1. creative leadership program

Our Creative Leadership program is an 18-month part-time executive program for creative leaders who want to realize their full potential and accelerate the growth of their enterprise. The program starts twice a year, in March and September, with a group of 35 participants.   Our participants are a mix of corporate innovators, entrepreneurs and social change agents from all over the world.  They are invited on the basis of their leadership skills and the quality of their growth plans.  They are typically around the age of 40 and have a minimum of 8 years of work experience. Each class consists of around 20 different nationalities.  The ratio between men and women is 50-50.   

 

The program consists of four modules of 8 to 10 days spread out over the first half year, followed by a year of intensive mentoring and coaching while the participant is full time back “on the job”.  THNK coaches participants in their leadership development and offers tools and concepts for the development of innovative enterprise. We combine business design thinking with innovation strategy, and leadership development with the nurturing of entrepreneurial mindsets.

The program is fully focused on learning-by-doing. Instead of having lectures and case studies, our participants learn by working together on innovative business concepts and open innovation projects.

2. challenges

Our Challenges are innovation projects. These constitute an important part of the Creative Leadership program.   For these Challenges we choose large scale societal issues that are complex, have a technology dimension and lend themselves to innovative enterprise solutions and collective initiative.  Past Challenge topics included the future of education, smart energy, mobility in large cities, the Internet of food and healthy Living.

 

Over the course of half a year, the participants participate in a Challenge project. They work together with large corporates and NGOs that are invited by THNK as Challenge Partners.  We involved companies like Cisco, Shell, Tesco, and Philips; creative firms such as OMA, UNStudio and Marcel Wanders Studio; NGO’s such as DOEN Foundation and Carbon War Room; and educational institutions such as Stanford d.School and the University of Amsterdam.

 

The Challenges are guided by a senior group of ‘Master Practitioners’ which include Ben van Berkel (founder of UNStudio and one of the top 10 architects of the world), Stefano Marzano (former CEO of Philips Design and board member of Electrolux), Sharon Chang (THNK partner and top creative involved in American Idol and SYTYCD), Menno van Dijk (co-founder of THNK, and former McKinsey Director) and Bas Verhart (co-founder of THNK, and former CEO of MediaRepublic). Bas selects the Challenge topics in collaboration with our partner organizations and the city of Amsterdam. 

 

We commit to incubate the enterprise concepts resulting from THNK Challenges, with leadership roles for our participants.

 

3. in-company programs

We offer in-company programs for international organizations with a passion for innovation.  Our clients include leading organizations such as Vodafone, Cisco, Shell, Kempinski Hotels and Booking.com.   Our in-company programs come in three forms: (1) “front line innovation” - skill building to create a continuous flow of product and service innovations that collectively create a growth engine, (2) “game changer”- product, service or business model innovations that result in truly new enterprises, and (3) “innovation DNA” a holistic, multi-year transformation program to embed an innovation culture in the organization.   An essential part of all programs is to increase social relevance, i.e. to encourage the client to deliver products and services that make the world a better place.  Rajiv Ball (former McKinsey partner), leads the in-company programs.  THNK also provides an IT application called ‘PULSE’, which supports in-company innovation by providing online tools, bringing teams together, and keeping track of the progress made.

4. research program

THNK’s Research focuses on ‘Scaling’, i.e. understanding the conditions and factors that enlarge the chances of rapidly scaling an innovative, and social relevant business concept. THNK has published several articles and a book around this topic, as well as developed a range of tools, some of which are available online.  Currently, THNK and Deloitte are further researching the topic, using Deloitte’s rich database of tens of millions of starting, fast growing companies around the globe to validate THNK’s concepts and define impact- and valuation measures.

 

THNK wants to publish all of its content on everything related to innovation and creative leadership online for free open access, to the full benefit of innovation practitioners around the world.   We are building an open access knowledge platform for this purpose.

5. support to community of THNKers

The THNK executive leadership program creates a closely-knit community.  We are committed to support this worldwide community of ambitious change agents and leaders on an ongoing basis.  After all, our mission of supporting creative leaders is best achieved by fostering collaboration and co-creation within likeminded individuals, corporations and organizations.

 

Collaboration can take many different shapes and forms, from knowledge development and executing Challenges to working together on in-company programs, developing new business concepts or supporting each other on our individual enterprise growth plans.  We do so by facilitating inter-class interaction, offering community support through THNK LNK – an intranet platform that facilitates mutual collaboration and engagement between all our ‘THNKers’. The THNK community is also in the lead in selecting and presenting participants for new classes.  THNKers are heavily involved with the in-company programs, research program and opening new THNK locations.

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