Chris Trimble
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Chris Trimble
Key Topics:
  • Innovation
  • Strategy
  • Health Care
  • Bio Info:
    Chris Trimble has dedicated more than ten years to studying a single challenge that vexes even the best-managed organizations: how to execute an innovation initiative.

    In September 2010, a decade of research came to fruition with the publication of Chris’s landmark book, The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge, with Vijay Govindarajan. More recently, in April 2012, Chris and Vijay published Reverse Innovation: Create Far From Home, Win Everywhere, which applied their research to the specific challenge of innovating to propel growth in emerging markets.

    Notable articles include “Stop the Innovation Wars,” with Vijay Govindarajan, in the July-August 2010 Harvard Business Review, which won a McKinsey Award, second place, for the magazine’s best articles of the year, and “How GE is Disrupting Itself” in the October 2009 Harvard Business Review, with Jeff Immelt and Vijay Govindarajan.

    Chris first broke into the forefront of executive consciousness with his December 2005 book Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators – from Idea to Execution. In June 2006, the Wall Street Journal published a Top Ten Recommended Reading list that included Ten Rules alongside Freakonomics, The Tipping Point, and Blink. Strategy & Business magazine recognized Ten Rules as the best strategy book of the year.

    Chris’s career mixes rigorous academic research with hard-nosed practical experience. His interest in innovation within large organizations developed early in his career, when he was a submarine officer in the United States Navy.

    Chris is currently on the faculty at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and at The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science. He is currently immersed in a multi-year effort to apply his work to the specific challenge of innovation in health care delivery.

    Chris is a frequent keynote speaker and has spoken all over the world. He has also published in the MIT Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fast Company and The Financial Times. He holds an MBA degree with distinction from the Tuck School, and a bachelor of science degree with highest distinction from the University of Virginia.

    Keynote Presentations

    The Other Side of Innovation
    “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Thomas Edison said it over a century ago. Nobody listened. When companies launch innovation initiatives, they focus almost all of their time and energy on that initial one percent — the thrilling hunt for the breakthrough idea. They draw guidance from countless books and articles that treat innovation as though it is synonymous with creativity. It is not. The reality is that an idea is only a beginning. Innovation is not just the much-anticipated light-bulb moment. It is also a long, hard journey — from imagination to impact.

    The Health Care Solution: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    We can’t wait for policy makers on Capitol Hill to save our beleaguered health care system. Instead, we need a new generation of health care leaders, physicians and executives alike, that are ready to remake the system from the grass roots, through innovation and entrepreneurship. While health care may seem impossibly complex, the reality is that it is hard to walk more than ten yards without tripping over an innovative pilot project with tremendous potential. Trimble’s speech will show why these pilots so rarely achieve full potential, and what to do about it.

    Reverse Innovation: The Future Far From Home
    Today’s high-growth hot spots are all in the developing economies, which will account for a jaw-dropping two-thirds of global economic growth over the next generation. Such facts and figures are now a preoccupation in many boardrooms. What is less well understood is what it will take to win. For decades, most global corporations have followed a simple strategy: Create great products and services for home markets, and then export them. It has worked well enough in the past, but it is good enough no longer. The needs and opportunities in the developing world are just too distinct. As a result, corporations must learn a new trick: Reverse Innovation. They must learn to innovate in the emerging economies, and then bring the innovations home.

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    Travels From:
    Hanover, New Hampshire
    • The Other Side of Innovation
    • The Health Care Solution: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    • Reverse Innovation: The Future Far From Home
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