As part of a research seminar series delivered at International Business School Suzhou at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, world renowned strategist Arie Y. Lewin delivered a seminar titled 'Directed co-evolution of serendipity: Lessons from Haier Journey to Become an Open Innovation Organisation'.
This topic is of importance to Chinese companies in the domain of innovation and strategic transformation.
The research that he presented was an advance on a model of ‘Directed Co-Evolution of Serendipity’ that counteracts inertia and enables emergence. It was developed from a study of six cases of radical product innovations adopted by the Haier company.
Four cases involved disruptive innovations originating with suppliers. One case involved user innovation and one case bottom up within Haier. The seminar concluded with implications for practice and follow-up research.
Arie Y. Lewin is currently professor emeritus strategy and international business at Duke University, and a distinguished visiting professor at Fudan University School of Management, Shanghai Jao Tong University Antai College and the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University.
His research interests centre on strategic renewal and adaptation of organisations within the context of global sourcing of business services and the emerging restructuring of organisations. His current active research projects focus on the globalisation of innovation, new organisation forms and the emergence of the global service provider industry.