Posts by Michael Lippitz

GCV Magazine: Selecting Corporate Venturing Approaches

The next horizon of corporate venturing is the integration of multiple approaches as part of a broad corporate innovation strategy.  In addition to venture capital investment, companies are standing up accelerators and incubators, hosting hackathons and experimenting with equity crowdfunding, to name a few. In the January issue of GCV Magazine, Peter Bryant, Scott Bowman, and Mike Lippitz describe…

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Scaling Mid-Market Companies – Five Important Shifts

I attended a presentation on October 9th by Professor Mohan Sawhney as part of a seminar entitled “Scaling Middle-Market Companies through Growth and Innovation,” organized by the Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative. His key point was that every time an organization makes an order of magnitude change—going from a $10M company to $100M or from…

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Commercial Industry Research & Development Management Best Practices

Institute for Defense Analyses Paper, December 2011, released May 2012 Answering the focal question, “How does industry place its R&D bets and manage R&D outcomes to meet corporate goals?,” this paper reports the results of research by the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) on current commercial industry practices for organizing and managing research and development (R&D).

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R&D Best Practices: Corporate Venturing

An excerpt from the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA) paper “Commercial Industry Research & Development Management Best Practices,” with Michael J. Lippitz as contributing author. […] Companies have employed corporate venturing since the 1970s and 1980s, but in recent years it has become more sophisticated and connected to overall R&D and open innovation strategies.  Corporate…

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Guiding Strategic Growth at Castrol: A Case Study

Castrol is the world’s leading specialist provider of lubricant solutions for virtually all domestic, commercial and industrial applications. With operations and R&D laboratories in over 75 countries, Castrol designs and produces automotive, motorcycle, agricultural, industrial and marine engineering lubricants, such as manual and automatic transmission fluids, chain lubricants, waxes, coolants, suspension fluids, brake fluids, greases,…

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