A multidisciplinary Senior Innovation Consultant spanning Strategic Design, Business & Innovation Management
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Speaker
Keynote speaker across innovation strategy, design thinking, lean startup, business model innovation & intrapreneurship topics
End-to-end Innovation Consulting Specialist
Guiding corporate teams through innovation bootcamps, corporate accelerators, hackathons, Design Sprints & more+
My Work Process
See how I apply my background knowledge in Design, Business & Innovation to project work
Hands-on Innovation Consultant
From Design Thinking, Lean Start-up to Business Model Innovation & Pitching + more
User Innovation Research
Read my latest research on how external disruptive community innovation is absorbed across firm boundaries
See my range of skills & expertise in Design, Business, Research & Innovation Management
Who am I?
I’m a Senior Innovation Consultant with 10+ years hands-on experience. I originally came from an arts background, trained in the design process through visual communication, graphic design, Web technologies, UI/UX design and development. I gained an MSc in International Business & Management for Design and started my PhD in Innovation & Entrepreneurship; giving me broad skill-sets, tools and methodologies to apply at strategic, tactical and operational levels, coupled with hand-on industry experience new technology R&D.
What do I do?
I work for Board of Innovation, cross-industry and help internal Fortune500 teams to innovate like start-ups, by applying my multi-disciplinary background across design, business and innovation management through hands-on consulting, training and facilitation of tailored innovation programmes. Ranging from bootcamps, corporate accelerator’s programs, long-term cultural change programs using methods like Design Thinking, Design Sprints, Lean Start-up and AGILE methodologies, business model innovation, pitching and commercialisation in both B2B and B2C.
What makes me tick?
I’m naturally inquisitive; passionate about the near-possible; an ENFJ; a critical design, business and innovation thinker who loves to uncover why questions and is keen to learn from everywhere and anyone around me. I love all things digital including hacking technology, reading, writing, art, sliding down mountains, cycling all over, creating things and I have a keen interest in all that flies.
I’m particularly interested in how firms can harness and capture value from their extreme users, creative consumers or hackers by proactively-facilitating and overtly-absorbing external generativity as a vital source of innovation and added-value. I have so far written on the topic at PhD level, carried-out research, authored papers and monograph.
Publications & Research
“How are we doing with our current innovation capabilities?” …We get this question a lot from c-suites and innovation managers around the World. They want to know how their organization…
Last year I participated in a quantitative research study by Dr Jan Schwarz into the role of the customer in the use of Design Thinking and how it is used…
Great to see Valmet’s Innovation Pathways B2B Co-creation Accelerator feature in the Annual Report 2018 (https://bit.ly/2H7Lrre). It’s been a pleasure designing, building and running the program with such great collaboration…
B2B co-creation is a powerful way to co-create new business value with your most valued customers by closely iterating back and forth throughout the innovation process. Our approach is to…
How to spot an intrapreneur on a corporate safari If you go on a corporate safari, one of the hardest employee animals to find is the intrapreneur. An intrapreneur is…
A new article on how personal cognitive biases can specifically impact the innovation process within teams and what to do about them step-by-step. “The purpose of this article is to…
Research paper: External hacker communities and industry-wide innovation sources: The role of disruptive, autonomous end-users and consumers on internal R&D teams within device manufacturing firms Abstract In a qualitative study…
Business Model Innovation
It is always amazing to see new talent with a desire for innovation and design emerging from academia and finding its way to industry. This is the case of Mike, whose management methodologies and new product development skills are outstanding and very desirable for any kind of industry.Dr Sergio Castillo Garcia Head of Electronics
Mike has applied himself successfully to many disciplines in his role as Digital Innovation Strategist at Titan Reality and adopts new skills and technologies with enthusiasm. He is a pleasure to work with and demonstrates attention to detail, is always focused on the task in hand and has a thorough understanding of innovation and product development.Jim Simons Software Architect
I worked with Mike for several years within a multi-disciplinary team of software developers, research scientists, designers and engineers and had the pleasure of seeing him work seamlessly across design, business, management and innovation roles in the startup environment. I was particularly impressed by his wealth of knowledge across the design process, backup-up by a strong strategic business mindset as well as his ability to get people on board with new creative ideas from different disciplines. Mike is someone with strong ambition, is self-motivated and would be a tremendous asset to any team.Vassilis Valavanis DSP Engineer & Researcher
I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating closely with Mike over the course of my time at Board of Innovation. We travelled across Europe together, facilitating workshops for various corporate clients around the topics of design thinking, lean startup & business model innovation. Safe to say that my interactions with Mike were some of the most fruitful of my career to date. Mike’s breadth of experience in the domains of design, innovation & technology is unparalleled. He is a walking library of frameworks, tools & methodologies who possesses the unique ability to flawlessly apply his theoretical knowledge to complex business environments. Besides being a deep topic expert, Mike is a gifted speaker whose contagious communication style has, more than once, ‘touched’ those that he is working with, be it C-level execs or executional teams. Mike, to me, is the embodiment of a ‘growth mindset’, relentlessly curious and continuously hungry for feedback and I am very grateful to have had the chance to be mentored by him in the early onset stages of my career. I highly recommend working with Mike without any reservations. He is undoubtedly an asset to any modern organization.Lucas TamborynInnovation Consultant