Dr. Ralph-Christian Ohr, Founder and Managing Partner
‘There is no need to argue whether dual innovation is required in today’s business world. It seems mandatory for the majority of organizations. Let’s shift our focus on how those approaches can get implemented in order to deliver impact.’

Dr. Ralph-Christian Ohr is an experienced and well-versed corporate innovation and development consultant. Ralph has held senior management positions at various international and local Swiss companies across industries such as Thin Film/Semiconductor, Energy and Transportation.

His key competencies and skills include:

  • Building up corporate innovation capabilities
  • Design and implementation of innovation systems
  • Modern innovation methodologies (such as Design Thinking, Lean Startup and others)
  • Identification and development of new business opportunities
  • External partnering and startup engagement
  • Facilitation of Digital Transformation activities
  • Strategy development and execution
  • Technology management

Throughout his career Ralph realized that companies share one major issue in common: the struggle and even inability to pursue core business and sustainable innovation in parallel. Drawing on these lessons, he has focused on passionately developing modern dual corporate innovation management systems for future-proof companies and dynamic environments.

In 2012, Ralph co-wrote a well-received article series on “Balancing Innovation via Organizational Ambidexterity” with Frank, published at InnovationManagement.se. Therefore, the two can be considered pioneers in translating the previously in large part academic concept of Organizational Ambidexterity into practical relevance for companies.

Ralph is a distinguished Top 20 Innovation Blogger at Innovation Excellence, the world’s largest innovation community. He is German, living and working in Switzerland for more than 13 years. He holds a doctoral degree in Physics.

Frank Mattes, Associate Partner
‘How will you win the innovation race when you need to sustain existing business while at the same time every thing acquires the ability to sense its surroundings, relentlessly gathering exabytes of data about everything?’

Frank Mattes brings 25 years of innovation management consulting (including BCG, The Boston Consulting Group) and Digital start-ups experience to the table.

Frank studied Mathematics in Germany and the USA and started his career at a boutique consulting company in ‘New Product Development’.

At the end of the 1990s, Frank was with BCG. He designed and implemented Digital-enabled business models and corporate start-ups. He also helped clients in Stage Gate® processes and innovation portfolio management. After his tenure at BCG, Frank joined a Digital start-up as a Member of the Board.

Since the second half of the 2000s, Frank’s focus is on open and networked / Digital innovation.

In Open Innovation, he designed and implemented Open Innovation (OI) systems. Two of his clients received awards, based on his work: A FMCG company for the best-in-class OI system and a Specialty Chemicals company for a groundbreaking cross-industry innovation system.

In Digital, he is widely considered to be an expert in how to innovate in emerging industries / ecosystems and in defining Corporate Innovation Management’s role in the Digital age.

His key competencies and skills include:

  • Deep understanding of ‘classical’ innovation management and ‘what’s next’
  • Open Innovation
  • Digital innovation

Frank is contributing editor at InnovationManagement, the leading online practitioner’s magazine and a global Top-40 blogger on innovation management

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