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Isaac Getz

World Leading Authority on Innovation Management
Country: France

Keynote speaker Isaac Getz is a professor of Idea, Initiative, and Innovation Management at the ESCP-EAP European School of Management. He is an active speaker on the topics of idea and innovation management, organizing for the freedom of initiative, corporate excellence and change.

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World Leading authority on innovation management and best-selling author.

Isaac Getz is a professor of Idea, Initiative, and Innovation Management at the ESCP-EAP European School of Management (Paris•London•Berlin•Madrid•Torino) Paris campus, France, ranked 2nd in Europe by Financial Times, and was Visiting Professor at Cornell and Stanford Universities and at the University of Massachusetts. He graduated in Computer Science, and then obtained a M.Sc. in Management Science, and Ph.Ds in Psychology and in Management. Before becoming a professor, he worked for several years in the area of Information Systems.

Dr. Getz conducted and published research on diverse topics related to innovation, management, corporate excellence, vision, and growth. In 2000, the leading French business review l’Expansion named him among the best 8 professors of Management in Europe. Dr. Getz is an active speaker on the topics of idea and innovation management, organizing for the freedom of initiative, corporate excellence and change, and gave executive conferences, keynote speeches and training seminars for leading speakers bureaus and management development institutions. He also led corporate seminars in many leading European and American corporations and delivered key-notes in such organizations as The Lisbon Council (of which he is a member), Aspen Institute, Telecom Italia Nobel Prize Colloquia, Association of European Regions and in innovation summits with the leading public authorities of the European Union, USA, Holland, Italy, and Africa.

When the time allows, Dr. Getz’s gets involved in helping a few selective organizations in their transformation and innovation efforts. Dr. Getz’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Financial Times Deutschland, Il Sole 24 Ore, Het Financieele Dagblad, De Gelderlander, Le Figaro, Les Echos, Entreprise, Nouvel Economiste, l’Usine Nouvelle, Stratégies, Il Tempi, RAI, Telequattro, TV5, TV MBC, BFM, Radio Classique and other media.

In 2003-2004, Dr. Getz has co-authored a book InnovationsPOWER in German (also in French, Italian, Dutch, and Spanish) which details the key role of idea management in improving corporate innovation, and sustainable growth. It was one of the 3 finalists for the annual Manpower Best Book Award in France.

In 2009, he co-authored with Brian Carney a new book Freedom, Inc.: Free Your Employees and Let Them Lead Your Business to Higher Productivity, Profits, and Growth with Crown Business/Random House (editions in Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Sweden, China, and India). In 2010, his “Liberating Leadership” California Management Review article based on the book’s research won the Syntec Annual Award for the best academic article in the category Management/HR/Organization.

    Keynote by Speaker Isaac Getz

    How to win innovation battle?

    • Innovation is a “must win battle” for most companies, but few put in place the foundations and processes that lead to victory. Isaac offers an in-depth analysis of the world-class innovating companies he observed first-hand and reveals to participants the “hidden” principles that will allow them to build their own world-class innovation system.
    • This optional 1 hour keynote or 3 hour seminar, will give you a greater understanding of what it takes to build a world-class company by becoming more attractive as the human capital focused CEO and employer.


    Keynote by Speaker Isaac Getz

    How to build a company with continuous profitable growth?

    • Innovation is a key for growth, but how to be sure that it is continuous and profitable? The usual approach is having one group of people focusing on the innovation, marketing, sales and growth, in short, on creating demand, and another group—on satisfying the demand all the while cutting the costs.
    • This approach—when it works—also generates many frictions. Isaac will show how world-class companies involve everyone in the company to both drive growth and take care of costs. This not only guarantees a double-digit continuous profitable growth, but also replaces friction by enjoyment at work.


    Keynote by Speaker Isaac Getz

    Free the initiative in your company

    • Many MBAs teach and companies practice motivating employees to do a better job but one famous general doesn’t agree. “I would rather restrain wild horses than motivate mules”, he said. The challenge is thus not how to motivate, but how to have self-motivated initiative-taking people.
    • Based on his firsthand observations, Isaac delivers illustrations and principles behind world-class companies who have successfully transformed their employees and achieved tremendous performance. “If you put fences around people, you get sheep. Give people the room they need“, said the first 3M visionary CEO, William McKnight. Isaac follows to explain what these companies did to provide room to their wild horses and to make them racing champions.


    Keynote by Speaker Isaac Getz

    Innovative people-based strategies

    • One big car manufacturer has acquired another for $35 billion worth $5 billion several years later. And Ford Motors writes on the wall of their “war room” running company’s escape from bankruptcy: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. It’s a widely-known truth that the continuously top-performing companies differ from their followers not in the quality of their strategies, but in these strategies’ execution—which means people involvement and appropriation of company’s vision.
    • Based on his firsthand observations of world-class companies, Isaac explains the innovative approaches they have implemented to involve their people in the perfect execution of corporate vision and strategies.
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