Thomas Fundneider

Thomas Fundneider

Founder and Managing Director at theLivingCore


Title: Changing Your Innovation Mindset

Abstract: As we are living in a highly complex, digital, and unpredictable (VUCA [volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous]) world, it is no longer sufficient to apply classical approaches of prediction, and of planning and “managing” innovation. Stage-gate methods or similar processes are based on extrapolating past experiences into the futureHowever, our present has already changed dramatically and, even more, our future will be fundamentally different from what has worked successful in the past. This applies especially in a world that is going through a digital transformation. Hence, a mechanistic approach to management in the context of (radical) innovation will most certainly fail. Predicting and controlling innovation by applying rules or recipes simply does not work any longer and proves to be a contradiction in itself. But what is the alternative? In this interactive workshop, the need for a change of approaches, tools, and mindset will become evident.



Thomas Fundneider is founder and Managing Director of knowledge and innovation architects theLivingCore. Having his background in landscape architecture, his focus for many years has been on establishing an innovative and entrepreneurial culture and mindset in organizations. He is a board member of PDMA Germany as well as Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science, and lectures at several European universities in Europe.




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