Dutch German Collaboration @ MCBW 2013

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We face wicked problems and scientists tell that can only solve them through collaboration: why not combining strengths of two rather different cultures?

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Dutch German Collaboration @ MCBW 2013

  1. 1. LOCATION: MÜNCHEN/ DATE: 21-2-2013 CREATE THE DIFFERENCE PRESENTATION COMBINE STRENGTHS! VanBerlo  -­‐  designfokus   Copyright  Jan-­‐Erik  Baars,  2013  
  2. 2. The future is not what it used to be! 2
  3. 3. In the past, the future was better than the now! 3
  4. 4. Anything goes! 4
  5. 5. A better place! 5
  6. 6. Today, the past is better than the now! 6
  7. 7. 7
  8. 8. Future is hitting us! 8
  9. 9. We face wicked problems! •  •  •  •  •  •  Pollution Sustainability Saturated consumers Talent scarcity Fierce competition … 9
  10. 10. Uncertainty ! 10
  11. 11. ?   How to react? 11
  12. 12. Different approaches Cultures approach uncertainty in different ways – as with innovation and product development! 12
  13. 13. British 13
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  15. 15. German 15
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  17. 17. Dutch 17
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  19. 19. Dealing with uncertainty: “everything that’s uncertain, is interesting…” “everything that’s uncertain, is dangerous…” “everything that’s uncertain, is ridiculous…” Source:  G.  Hofstede   19
  20. 20. 3 ways to solve wicked problems… 1. Authoritarian: Let Steve Jobs do it! 2. Competitive: Let the best win! 3. Collaborative: Combining strengths! 20
  21. 21. ...and their feasability. 1. Steve can’t do it anymore 2. We will have to wait forever 3. The only viable option! 21
  22. 22. We can only solve wicked problems if we collaborate! 22
  23. 23. Collaborate between cultures! What about the Dutch and German? 23
  24. 24. Typical Dutch… 24
  25. 25. Typical German… 25
  26. 26. Culture What are strong aspects: German strength in innovation: thoroughness, quality, uncertainty avoidance, control… Dutch strength in innovation: opportunism, witty, flexible, with the flow… 26
  27. 27. Implications on innovation: German strengths: Focused, stringent, goal oriented, Their challenges: Creating new opportunities, flexibility, speed, Dutch strengths: Openness, confidence, consensus oriented, Their challenges: Processing opportunities, rigidity, stability, 27
  28. 28. How to tackle an issue: 28
  29. 29. German approach: 29
  30. 30. Dutch approach: 30
  31. 31. Innovation funnel: German funnel: Dutch funnel: Focused on achieving the right quality of outcome: suspicious, thorough, driven Focused on achieving the right quality of input: curious, opportunistic, creative 31
  32. 32. Innovation funnel: German funnel: tight Dutch funnel: open 32
  33. 33. Typical German? Siemens, Mercedes, DB, etc. High-tech, process, quality, reliable, But: Boring, technology centered 33
  34. 34. Typical Dutch? Philips, TomTom, Unilever, etc. Inventive, creative, opportunistic, But: Not so thorough, human centered 34
  35. 35. Combining strengths! IMAGINE! 35
  36. 36. Combining strengths! A Siemens product, with the design quality of Philips? 36
  37. 37. Combining strengths! A Philips product, with the build quality of Siemens? 37
  38. 38. Innovation Process / Combining strengths Dutch push Germans pull 38
  39. 39. Despite... 39
  40. 40. Let’s combine strengths! 40
  41. 41. Thank you! / 41
  42. 42. Jan-Erik Baars Associate Partner DACH Market www.vanberlo.nl   www.janerikbaars.com   Pictures from iStockphoto ©iStockphoto/designfokus  

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