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Many organizations rightly focus on fostering innovation and invention to capture new markets and boost profitability, yet reinvention may be the secret of longevity. Companies that explore new endeavors while improving their existing business create strong portfolios that can withstand internal and external pressure. Alex Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur, Fred Etiemble and Alan Smith’s captivating guide introduces practical mapping tools and detailed examples from dozens of organizations to show you how to lead work groups that capitalize on innovative ideas while strengthening your existing business models.
About the Authors
Alex Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur invented the Business Model Canvas, the Value Proposition Canvas and the Business Portfolio Map. Osterwalder and Alan Smith cofounded Strategyzer, an innovation consultancy, where Fred Etiemble is an associate partner. Osterwaler, Pigneur, Smith and Gregory Bernarda cowrote Value Proposition Design. Osterwalder and Pigneur coauthored Business Model Generation; and Osterwalder and David J. Bland wrote Testing Business Ideas.