Celebrating the first 20

This spring we celebrate the first 20 years of the modern Internet. Imagine what the next 20 will bring.


The May issue of Wired Magazine (below) celebrates the first 20 years of the modern Internet. The magazine, also on its 20th anniversary, looks back at 20 amazing years of digital transformation.

In the magazine’s first editor, Louis Rossetto wrote, “There are a lot of magazines about technology. WIRED is not one of them. WIRED is about the most powerful people on the planet today: the Digital Generation.” On this, our 20th anniversary, the time has come to reflect on this generation of leaders, thinkers, and makers. These people, their companies, and their ideas have shaped the future we live in today. Below, we’ve gathered stories for, by, and about the people who have shaped the planet’s past 20 years—and will continue driving the next.(from Wired.com)


We’ve previously (and frequently) talked about our society standing ca. 20 years into a massive 100 year wave; digitalizaton. The effects, possibilities and massive disruptions are still only in their early, formative years.

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What comes next, over the next 20, the next 50, the next 70 will be fantastic to witness.

Disruptive innovation is likely to continue to hit industry after industry as new technologies and new innovations come to market. We all know how the media-, movie- and music industries have faced disruption since the mid-1990’s. What most people haven’t seen yet, are the massive disruptions that are just starting to hit a range of new industries, including recruiting-, television-, publishing- and groceryindustries,For an excellent article on this, we recommend Wessel and Christensen’s ”Survivinng Disruption

And we urge executives to grasp the opportunities that happen as digital business models grow up in established industries.

This is the essence of our upcoming Executive education program, ”Social Media and Digital Business Models”. If you enjoy this blopost, we enjoy you to join us for three days in Oslo this October. Here we will explore emerging trends and new opportunites at the intersection of social media, digital transformation and new business models. At this intersection, Scandinavian firms are only just beginning to explore and understand a fantastic future.

Yet, while we celebrate the first 20 years of the modern Internet, it’s also worth remembering that it goes back much further. We recently came across the fantastic blog/book ‘Roads and Crossroads of the Internet History” by Gregory Gromov.

Here Gromov writes, 1858:” In the beginning was the Cable…“. According to Gromov,”The Atlantic cable of 1858 and Sputnik of 1957 were two basic  milestone of the Internet prehistory”.

Fast forward to today, and we’re seeing an internet that will continue to morph, change and evolve into something very different in the next 80 years.

Imagine, Google Glass is just the beginning.

Celebrating the first 20

Educating entreprenurs

BI’s 2nd year course in innovation and entreprenurship: Time to write a businessplan (4 ½ months)
StartUp Weekend: time to write a businessplan, develop the idea, code it, pitch it to mentors, validate it, pivot it, meet with partners, get your first fans online and pitch it to the real world: 54 hours.

Comment from an aspiring innovator who has done both: “I learned more in 54 hours of StartUp Weekend, then I did six months of entrepreneurship classes”.

Having just completed a StartUp Weekend in Stavanger, I’m left with one question, “how do we reinvent our education in innovation and entrepreneurship around the principles of StartUp Weekend thinking”.

Welcome to Startup Weekend Part 1 from steve blank on Vimeo.

These principles:
– All action
– Get out of the building
– High Energy
– Done-is-better-than-perfect
– Pick your own idea/team
– MVP (minimum viable product)
– Identify customers
– Start building
– Pivot
– Validate

Are radically different than how strategy, innovation and entreprenurship is currently being taught. Doing strategy work often leads to long discussions on models and theories, while I have yet to see a single student group go out an interview potential customers.

Same with my innovation and entrepreneurship students; while they might have great ideas, the time to market, the time to action is so long and the level of energy is just dropping by the minute…

Enter, Lean Startup.

Eric Ries, the author of “the Lean Startup”, identifies five principles:

As a business school teacher and management consultant I help leaders grow, teams grow and companies grow. While most can learn the research and theories, few are able to bridge the gap and “make it happen”. For many companies, projects dwindle on. For students, the project work takes months instead of hours (and the result is more or less the same) and for most people, things just slow down…the energy saps, the fun wears off, creativity and passion slows….and then life gets in the way of awesomeness.

The Lean Startup movement is showing one way of gearing up speed, passion, energy and creativity. These principles can be used in both education and internal corporate business development.

Now, the question is how can we apply some of these lean startup principles to our innovation and entreprenurship education in Norway…..

Stay tuned.

Next; “What I learned from StartUp Weekend”.
Blogpost coming later this week.

– Chris –

Educating entreprenurs

Social Media as a Leadership Tool: the trailer

Social Media as a Leadership Tool: The Trailer from Engage // Innovate on Vimeo.

You can read the story behind Lederskolen’s Social Media session, watch the full video, read the tweets and download the slides right here.

Social Media as a Leadership Tool: the trailer

Re:thinking management education at BI Stavanger. Join us on April 10th 2012

How can we make our management education even more inspiring and challenging? How can we engage and inspire our students to dream bigger about their own leadership careers? How can we bridge the gap between education and practice? How can we bring experienced HR executives into the learning process, not as top-down speakers, but as equal, curious learners? How can we teach emerging theories on organization and leadership from firms like Facebook, Google and Twitter? How can we help today’s leading companies reinvent their HR-practices for tomorrow? How do we re:think management education?

Those were the questions buzzing around after a keynote presentation I held this week. Well, after posing those questions in my executive teaching sessions, the answer emerged. It all begins April 10th. At BI Stavanger.

Welcome to Management teaching innovation, welcome to BI Management Innovation Lab’s first ever event Re:Think Leadership.

What would happen if we took 200+ highly engaged first year students in “Organization and leadership” – their first year course in leadership; and invited 60 + experienced HR executives. Now, instead of having the HR executives lecture to the students, what if we put them in group and put them to work to solve the challenges of creating next generation leadership? What if the HR executives could listen and learn from today’s 21-year olds, and the students could get a taste of leadership development in the real world? What if solving cases – together – on leadership in today’s most modern and most innovative organizations, could lead both the executives and the students to come away fired up, highly inspired and motivated to master the challenges of creating next generation’s leadership?

That could be fun, we thought……

So, welcome to our first ever BI Management innovation lab workshop. April 10th 2012, 9:00 – 12:00, we have the great pleasure of making this happen. Greatly inspired by The Management Innovation Exchange, we re:think leadership development – starting with today’s 21¬-year olds.

Sign up for this first ever, free, workshop today.

We have already invited HR Executives from Statoil, Halliburton, GDF Suez, Aibel, Sandnes Kommune, SR-Bank, Lyse, Skagen Fondene and more…
The students are all in the first year of business school education at BI Stavanger.

Program April 10th 09:00 – 12:00

Welcome and introduction

Introduction lecture: Management innovation today

Groupwork: Case work in mixed groups with students and HR executives (plenty of time for discussions). Presentations of cases.Cases will focus on emerging theories and current ideas for manging highly skilled and highly creative organizations. Cases are selected for optimal learning for all participants.

Shared learning points for HR executives and students.

We encourage everyone to read “Management Moonshots” in preparation for the day. http://www.managementexchange.com/moonshots

– and yes, we are using open social media plattform, Facebook, to organize the event. Sign up here.


Christian Rangen
Full-time lecturer, BI – Norwegian Business School

Partner, Engage // Innovate


Teaching 2012

This extended Christmas Holiday has given ample room for reflection – and preparation. Preparation for a busy and exciting teaching year 2012.

Starting January I begin my first of seven programs taught for the spring semester. I have been fortunate enough to land a wide variety of courses, allowing and challenging me to think different when it comes to teaching each of them.

The core of our teaching philosophy is experential learning. The idea that learning can´t be ´told, it has to be éxperienced´(or felt). Learning, to truly take place, needs to involve, engage, activate, stimulate, challenge and provide a sense of mastery. This, of course, can´t happen through only use of class room lectures. We need something more. We need something different.

Second; as teachers, writers and consultants in strategic innovation, we daily challenge the people we meet to #Dreambigger. As for ourselves. Planning this upcoming teaching year requires us to think different. Experiment. Be bold and just a little bit crazy. Without this, evolution and innovation cease… Peter Sims, in his truly excellent book on innovation, Little Bets: how breakthrough ideas emerge from small discoveries lays out the philosophy: experiment, start small, take chances, reflect and refine. Only by trial and a bit of error will new insight emerge.

The courses I´ve been planning during the Holidays.

MRK 2033 – International Marketing

Third year marketing course looking at the globalization of businesses. While international marketing is the title, the course is designed around the whole aspect of internationalization. Central in this program is understanding the emergence of the BRICs and N-11 countries, the financial challenges of Europe, the political challenges of the US and what all this means for Norwegian businesses. Special emphasis will be put on the quickly growing relationship between Norway and Brazil around oil and gas-related services. As a part of the course, we´re arranging a unique “Brazil theme day” on March 13th.
Innovative approach:
A full-day Brazil theme day conference. For now we can reveal an incredible mix of industry executives, young students, Brazilians, politicans and an impressive up-to-date insight into “Successful Market Entry Into Brazil”. The full program will be annonounced early January 2012.

Will also be using Facebook Group as a social media platform to engage the class outside the classroom.

ELE3701 – Innovation and Entreprenurship
A second year elective on innovation. This is a introduction program to innovative thinking, entreprenurship and intraprenurship. I have chosen the gaming (video gaming, social gaming) industry as a potentially special unit of analysis and a strong potential for the exam project.

Innovative approach:
Working closely with a local technology company to help them develop new innovations around one of their business units. The company felt its existing employees were “too old to see all the possibilities” and jumped at the opportunity of working with a full class of 20 – 24 year olds. This is the core of experiental learning, as students will integrate theory and practice – if everything comes together.

Will be using Facebook Group as a social media platform to engage the class outside the classroom.

ORG3640 – Communications for managers and organizations

How do succesfull leaders and organizations communicate?
What can we learn from JFK, Mr. King, Al Gore, Mosquitoes, TED and crisis management? How can we strucure, pitch and make a lasting impression with our audiences?
These are some of the questions we cover.

Innovative approach:
Using role play on video analysis based on true life cases.

ORG3402 – Organizational Behavior and Leadership
How does organizations work? How does leadership work?
This introduction class for first year business school students is the perfect avenue to get them hooked on the intricacies of management and leadership. It will also be a great venue to listen and understand what the next generation expect from leaders and how they themselves want to lead. Especially as this “Social media generation” is moving into early leadership positions.

Innovative approach:
Using video analysis to illustrate organizational behaviour. If only I had been following Paradise Hotel… Not a problem, I will let the students find these video clips themselves…

ORG2000 – Leadership in Action

I love this course. This is the integrative course at our Bachelor program for experienced participants (mostly managers). This program challenges students to take responsibility for their learning in a truly novel way. Also, this unique program combines leadership, strategy, innovation, coaching and team building into one single learning experience. This is not a course. It´s an experience.

Innovative approach:
The program in itself is truly innovative.

First-time Leader (Corporate program)
This is a corporate program for young and first-time leaders. This will be a lot of fun, as the company has spent the last four years developing a very strong internal culture and leadership model. It will be a pleasure to learn more of the work they have done and see how I can blend the topics and material we have, into the existing foundation they have developed.

Innovative approach:

Situational leadership and strategy (Corporate program)
Situational leadership is a classic for us at BI. This spring I´ve been lucky enough to teach is as a corporate program. This allows for more alignment with the existing culture, corporate leadership ideas and corporate innovation and strategy development. This is an example of truly integrative teaching at BI, as I will be teaching this together with great colleagues from BI Bergen and BI Nydalen, all managed superbly by our Project Manager in Stavanger.

Innovative approach:
Still thinking, but we will be using the Whole Brain Model and the WBM test for these executive students.

So, my students at BI Norwegian Business School in Stavanger can look forward to some exciting – if challenging – months ahead…

For my part, I´m happy to learn from these approximately 500 – 600 students ranging from international CEO´s to curious 19 year olds with dreams of studying in China, Brazil and Singapore…