Innowiki founding member Michael Olenick is currently an executive fellow at the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute, on the Fontainebleau, France campus. Michael has worked closely with Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne since 2001, before the book Blue Ocean Strategy came out in 2005, when it was articles in Harvard Business Review. Michael learned about Blue Ocean Strategy (then called Value Innovation) at Avery Dennison as a product developer, brought it to GE, and has used it at countless companies since.

Michael advises, consults, researches, and teaches BOS throughout the world. He has implemented business strategy for companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100’s. Michael works with senior executives of countless companies and organizations to develop and/or study strategy. He focuses especially on technology, disruption, nondisruption, and the differences and similarities of B2B and B2C businesses.

Michael’s research has been cited in leading business publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Bloomberg. Congress and the New York Federal Reserve have collaborated with him and relied on his research when making policy.

His research is taught by leading business schools including Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Wharton School, University of Chicago, and others. Multiple cases are bestsellers at Harvard Business Review/Harvard Business School Publishing, including:

• Driving the Future: How Autonomous Vehicles Will Change Industries and Strategy (Harvard Business School Press)
• Gaga for Wawa: Blue Ocean Retailing (Harvard Business School Press)
• The Marvel Way: Restoring a Blue Ocean (Harvard Business School Press)
• A Blue Ocean Shift from Insolvency to Excellence in Higher Education: Turning around the Universidad Privada Boliviana – A Reflection on My Journey to Blue Ocean (Harvard Business School Press)
• Nintendo Switch: Shifting from Market-Competing to Market – Creating Strategy (Harvard Business School Press)
• An Innovation that has Changed the Lives of Women in India (Harvard Business School Press)

Michael has a doctorate in law. He delivers keynote speaking, workshops, lectures and consulting all over the world.

Some random posts:
Automation Armageddon: a Legitimate Worry?
Right now, we have 122 major innovations that involve some type of automation. Click here to see the list. Putting it mildly, many of them were not met with enthusiasm. For example, Frenchman Barthélemy Thimonnier invented the sewing machine only to see his factory burnt down by worried tailors. The “American Manufacturing Method” using standardized […]
Clusters of Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR)
CRISPR is like a word processor for DNA. It allows easy and inexpensive gene editing. Edited genes are passed to future generations, making mutations permanent. Doudna and Charpentier Doudna and Charpentier worked on and invented the technology as a team. First, they worked on plants and, later, on animals. History becomes murkier with the involvement […]
We only have two sports on innowiki we think merit inclusion, football (soccer in the US and Australia) and basketball. Global diffusion is the reason for their inclusion. Of course, there are countless regional sports. Fierljeppen is our favorite. However, no matter the appeal of canal jumping, football and basketball are the only two that […]
Stock Ticker / Ticker Tape
Both the ticker and ticker tape lowered the cost of transmitting stock prices by eliminating the need for a person to translate them to and from Morse Code. Subsequently, this innovation served as a bridge from specialists required to send and receive telegraph messages to plain-text transmissions. Edward Calahan saw people rushing from the floor […]
Tractor Treads
1904 Benjamin Holt “In the Roberts Island tract, where a man could not walk without sinking to his knees, and where tule-shoed horses could not be used, the new traction engine was operated without a perceptible impression in the ground.” Farm Implement News, May 18, 1905 “It looks like a caterpillar,” said a photographer observing […]

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