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'Platforms vs traditional pipelines. Who wins and why?', by associate professor Esteve Almirall (PhD 10)


November 03 OF 2016 from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM

The ESADE Alumni Basque Country Club invites you to this session in the Refresher Programme entitled ''Platforms vs traditional pipelines. Who wins and why?'' by Doctor Esteve Almirall (PhD 10), associate professor of ESADE's Department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences.

In recent years we have seen how platform-based industries are dominating entire sectors and becoming the most valuable companies in the world. The largest hotel chain is now Airbnb, the top retailer is Amazon or Alibaba, the largest car hire company is Uber…

This talk will take an in-depth look at what makes platforms so competitive and how regular businesses, pipelines, can incorporate these features. It will also consider whether there are limits or boundaries that prevent platforms from succeeding in certain sectors and what traditional sectors can do to out-perform them.



Esteve Almirall

Esteve Almirall holds a PhD in Management Science (ESADE), MRes in Management Science, MCIS, DEA and MRes in Artificial Intelligence (UPC). Most of his career has focussed on information technologies, particularly in consulting, banking and finance where he worked for more than 20 years at executive and board level positions in IS, Organization and Marketing. As an entrepreneur he has actively participated in and founded several start-ups in this field. Esteve also has an MBA, PDD (IESE), Diploma in Marketing (UC Berkeley) and GCPCL Diploma (Harvard B.S.).

Esteve is passionate about the crossroad between technology and innovation and how IT is changing the way we innovate from the individual inventor to ecosystems, from owing and buying innovations to benefiting from innovations created by others by aligning incentives and motivations.  As a result he is very active in fields such as smart cities, innovation ecosystems, innovation in the public sector and user innovation (particularly living labs). He has coordinated several large EU competitive projects and been head researcher in more than ten of them. He often works on and organises workshops, open data challenges and conferences in these areas.

Esteve is a well-known speaker in fields such as open innovation in the public sector, smart cities and living labs in Europe, the US and Asia. He also serves as a World Bank consultant and is a council member of the European Network of Living Labs, a member of the Open Innovation Policy and Strategy Group of the European Commission, and is an expert for several organizations, cities and the European Commission.

Esteve has more than 30 publications in journals and conference proceedings, including top-level journals and well-known magazines such as the Harvard Business Review. He has been an advisor for several PhD and Master dissertations.

Specialist areas: Open innovation. Innovation. Innovation policy
User-driven innovation. Living labs
Innovation management. Innovation & strategy
Artificial intelligence. Recommender systems. Profiling
Innovation markets. Innovation jams. Crowdsourcing
Complex systems
Strategic management of information technologies
Business models. Information Technology & Innovation



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