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Knowledge Alliance in Innovation Leadership

The Alliance

In 2016, Deloitte and Solvay Brussels School (SBS-EM) partnered to launch the “Knowledge Alliance in Innovation Leadership” which focuses on the need for a culture of innovation to be in place for corporations to create long term commercial success.

This alliance is led by John Metselaar, Professor of Management Practice in “Leading Innovation” at SBS-EM, and by Sam Sluismans, Innovation Services Partner at Deloitte Belgium. The Alliance aims to benchmark the “Love-of-Learning” Culture model developed by Professor Metselaar with experiences in companies and industries. By joining forces, Deloitte and SBS-EM want to share and build their knowledge in Innovation toward a case study that can help organisations enhance their innovation output.

Innovate better, faster, bolder and consistently

The lack of an integrated and effective culture of innovation can make it difficult for an organisation to produce innovation output that yields tangible business results. Yet efforts to build that culture often fall flat.

The Deloitte - Solvay Brussels School Knowledge Alliance in Innovation Leadership offers several types of exclusive events to help you exchange views and experiences with your peers and generate the insights needed to build an effective, productive and sustainable culture of innovation.

The Innovation Model

Strengthen the innovation competence in your organisation by establishing a love-of-learning culture.

After more than five years of studying, benchmarking, learning and applying a culture of innovation first within Procter & Gamble and recently at SBS-EM, Professor John Metselaar has identified that the key to achieving business results through innovation is establishing a learning culture.

Three pillars underpin the learning culture:

Authentic, Engaged and Supportive leadership, individual intrinsic motivation, and relationships built through constructive collaboration by including diversity.

Professor Metselaar’s model now needs to be benchmarked with companies for corroboration, refinement, and application.

Upcoming events

In the context of this alliance, roundtables and lectures are organised to share views and experience on the Innovation topic.

The first roundtable who was organised in June 2017 was a success! John Metselaar, Professor and Leading Innovation and Academic Director at the Solvay Brussels School, was present with the Deloitte partners to discuss the Innovation model and to lead the constructure discussions.

Discover the testimonials of this roundtable here below and stay tuned to register for the next events!

"Our first joint CxO roundtable generated excellent dialogue on the pivotal role of Culture for corporations to succeed in and with Innovation to lead into the new VUCA world. The Alliance presented an integrated triangle-model underpinning a "Love-of-Learning" culture. It lays out 1) the inverted role leadership needs to play to foster psychological safety & trust, 2) individuals' intrisic motivation, and 3) amazing relationships generating teams in flow. These was ample resonance and builds - which we'll feel into our next session post-summer.
Join our movement toward better innovation results through a Learning Culture!"

John METSELAAR
Professor of Management Practice Leading Innovation
Academic Director - Executive MBA
Solvay Brussels School

"I really enjoyed the innovation leadership session which was given in the very smart
and professional settings of Deloitte new Gateway office at Brussels Airport.
It allowed me to learn from my peers about how to drive innovation in my team and adopt the right management culture to make it happen. I also shared my experience and discuss how partnerships between private companies and social actors like Handicap International can foster innovation and improve staff motivation & performance in a company.
Professor Metselaar came with a long experience in different company settings
and concrete examples that made the session very practical. I'll come back!"

Jean VAN WETTER
CEO
Handicap International

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