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on August 28, 2012
Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the publisher.
I enjoyed Business Model Innovation Factory because of its premise. With the speed of business becoming faster every day (largely due to vast technological changes), I believe that large organizations will need to "pivot" more than once. Ditto CIOs. I just don't see too many companies remaining stagnant if they expect to survive.
Kaplan does a good job at laying out the case for innovation. As another reviewer has pointed out, "Saul sets the stage by explaining how disruption is becoming a commonplace, innovation a necessity and the inadequacy of product and service innovation to drive the system level transformative change that industrial crises require. At the same time, the book respects bot the need for context and plain speaking." I couldn't agree more. The premise of this book is sound and, to be sure, the book's concept would not have been as essential 20 years ago.
I laughed when I read that the official language for one of his projects was English (read: not consultantspeak). To that end, Kaplan writes well and sans jargon--always a plus for me in a business book.
So, what could this book have done better?
I have three main gripes. I would have preferred to see a longer book with more detailed case studies. Second, to my liking, Kaplan makes far too many references to his halcyon days at Accenture. The way he would tell it, this is the perfect consulting organization and it just seems a little to idyllic for me. I have yet to come across a perfect consultancy and I've been in the field for a long time. Further, there seems to be a bevy of plugs for his own company, making the book at times read like a marketing brochure.