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World Business Forum Sydney 2017

After a successful World Business Forum Sydney in 2014, 2015 and 2016, we are happy to bring you this next chapter for WBF Sydney at The Event Centre, The Star on 31 May - 1 June 2017.

In 2017 the World Business Forum will highlight that in a world where new technologies emerge at pace, those who anticipate change and are quickly able to adapt will flourish. Organisations and individuals alike must reinvent themselves constantly; experiment and learn; identify new opportunities, exploit them fast, and move on. In this world it is the entrepreneur, the experimenter, the risk taker who will thrive.

Long term competitive advantage is dead! Are you ready to live in a state of permanent BETA?




World Business Forum Sydney

Mohan Sawhney

Agile Innovation: How to Move Faster, Learn Cheaply and Collaborate Better

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Professor at the Kellogg School of Management

Sawhney is a globally recognized scholar, teacher and consultant in business innovation, technology marketing and new media. A Professor of Technology and the Director of the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management, he is the author of six books his most recent - Fewer, Bigger, Bolder: From Mindless Expansion to Focused Growth

Sawhney has been a professor at Kellogg since 1999, during which time he has pioneered concepts like e-Hubs, community-centric innovation, innomediation, metamarkets and network-centric innovation. He has also been named as one of the 25 most influential people in e-Business by BusinessWeek. In his latest book, co-authored with Sanjay Khosler, Sawhney focuses on how companies can achieve the focused and sustainable growth which is essentially to organisational health.

In addition to his teaching and research, Sawhney advises and speaks to Global 2000 firms and governments worldwide, with clients including Adobe Systems, Cisco Systems, DuPont, Goldman Sachs, Honeywell, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg Company, Kraft Foods and Sony among many others. He has won several awards for his teaching and research, and has been nominated by students as one of the top 5 professors at Kellogg. 


In a world where disruption is accelerating and markets are evolving rapidly, innovation is the only sustainable competitive advantage. But innovation also needs to be innovated upon. The classical innovation approach that relies on deliberate planning and “getting it right the first time” is no longer viable. The innovation process in a dynamic business environment needs to be accelerated and it needs to be more adaptable. This is Agile Innovation – an innovation culture that embraces experimentation, an innovation process that consists of rapid iterative learning and an innovation organisation that relies on collaboration inside and outside the company.  We will outline the principles of Agile Innovation and examine its key building blocks – from culture and mindset to process and execution to organisation and people. We will learn from the leaders in Agile Innovation in a variety of industries and markets. We will conclude with a clear call to action for business leaders to transform their companies into Agile Innovators.

  • Collaborative innovation: Consolidating a new customer-centered paradigm
  • Connect and engage your customers (and their networks): How to make the most of their experience with your brand, product or service
  • On networks, social media and customer generated ideas
  • Creating the portfolio of collaborative innovation tools your company needs