Georges Haour

Georges Haour is Professor at IMD, Switzerland, in the area of innovation management and technology commercialisation. For several years, he also has been associated with the incubator/innovator firm Generics (now Sagentia), in Cambridge, UK.

He also acts as an adviser to firms & organisations on effective R&D/innovation management for growth and job-creation, as well as on technology commercialisation and ne ventures. He has a strong interest in Innovation in China-see below. He travels to Asia several times a year (China, Japan and Singapore); late 2013, he spent three months in Shanghai and other Chinese cities. He is currently engaged in two projects on the digital transformation..

Born and raised in Lyon, France, he graduated from the higher school of chemistry ENSCP, Paris. He has a Master of Sciences (New York) and a Ph.D, in Chemistry/Materials Science, from the University of Toronto, Canada.

Prior to joining IMD, Dr. Haour was a manager at Battelle-Geneva. There, for nine years, he led a business unit carrying out innovation projects, on behalf of multinational companies, including in Asia. He hired professionals from six countries and significantly grew his unit’s sales to Euros 4 millions per year. Several of his innovations have been licensed to firms and resulted in large new businesses for the client companies. Earlier, he was a researcher at ATT's Bell Laboratories, in Murray Hill, New Jersey. In Toronto, he worked with Marshall McLuhan at his Centre for Culture, Society and Technology.

He has eight patents granted worldwide, 110 publications, and five books in his theme of “creating value and jobs through effective innovation management”. Following Resolving the Innovation Paradox, he published From Science to Business: How Firms Create Value by partnering with Universities (Palgrave, London, 2011), where he shows how effective knowledge and technology transfer from universities/public laboratories to firms result in creating new activities and jobs, at a time when the world must transform, requiring numerous innovations.

His latest book Created in China: How China is becoming a Global Innovator (see below) has been released by Bloomsbury (London, 2016) and has been very well received; publication in Chinese by CITIC Publishing, in Beijing: early 2017.

All articles by Georges Haour:

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    The Digital Tsunami

    Jan 26, 2017 | In: Column & Opinion

    These days, when migrants arrive at a refugee camp, one of the first things they ask for is access to WiFi and electricity to recharge their cell phones. Their smartphone is as basic a resource for survival as food and water. This is a vivid reminder of the fact that we are fully immersed in a digital world.

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    China on the Way to Becoming a Global Innovator

    Feb 09, 2016 | In: Enabling Factors

    As part of the transformation of the Chinese economy, attested by many recent news, China is fast transitioning from low cost manufacturing to a higher value innovation-led economy. This article looks at this momentous transition.

  • China – Hotbed of Innovation for our Planet in the 21st Century?

    China – Hotbed of Innovation for our Planet in the 21st Century?

    Jan 09, 2013 | In: Organization & Culture

    Never has the world witnessed a large market emerge so quickly as China has. As the economy grows it is also changing. China is fast climbing the value curve, transitioning from low-cost manufacturing to innovation-led growth. In telecommunications, supercomputing, life sciences, non-fuel energy sources and “green-tech” in general, there is already a vibrant innovation/research and development (R&D) scene.

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    Innovative Switzerland

    Nov 14, 2012 | In: Organization & Culture

    Switzerland is more innovative and entrepreneurial than generally thought. The world holds on to the caricature of Heidi and of utterly dull bankers, evoked by Helmut Schmidt, many years ago: “Europe is not governed by the gnomes of Zurich”. We forget the implications of the fact that the Swiss national hero is the ultimate rebel: Wilhelm Tell; and rebellion is companion of innovation.The strong Swiss franc and the weak state of the economies of its trading partners will make 2012 difficult, but Switzerland scores tangible successes: prosperity, low debt, reasonable growth, public budgets in the black, low unemployement and trade surplus. This miniature model of Europe must be an inspiration for the EU to become what it should be: the world’s most successful region in the 21rst century.

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    Effective Innovation Management? Back to Basics!

    Sep 27, 2011 | In: Column & Opinion, Organization & Culture

    For years, management and business schools have vastly exaggerated the importance of tools and theories in delivering innovations to the markets effectively. As common sense indicates, the overwhelmingly important predictor of success for an innovation is not the use of tools, “innovation frameworks”, or handbook of rules, but the quality of leadership of the project and the talent and motivation of the staff carrying it out. In innovation management, we need to go back to basics.

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    Transferring Innovation from Science to Business

    May 13, 2011 | In: Column & Opinion

    From Science to Business on effective firm–university partnerships is a new book on the university-enterprise arm of innovation. Karin Wall talks with author Dr. Georges Haour, Professor at the executive education institute IMD.

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    The State of Innovation Investment

    Feb 03, 2011 | In: Cases & Reports

    As western countries jump further into the embrace of open innovation, countries in Asia are forging ahead with innovation investments through R&D. R&D spending is up 27% in India and 40% in China, year on year but in decline globally. Georges Haour runs a rule over the numbers and what they mean for the outlook of the enterprise.

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    The Explosive and Profitable Growth of Infosys

    Oct 27, 2010 | In: Organization & Culture

    As we look for models of corporate success, the European and North American management establishments need to become much less ethnocentric and more curious about Asia’s ascending actors. This article takes a closer look at the success of a Bangalore-based firm in global outsourced IT services. Infosys is a striking example of successful, rapid, profitable growth.

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    From Science to Business – How Firms Create Value by Partnering with Universities

    Sep 20, 2010 | In: Life Cycle Processes

    In today’s “knowledge-based” society, it is becoming increasingly imperative for companies to “mine” knowledge and technology generated by universities. Why? Because the outcome of such industry-university collaborations help companies create new activities and jobs.

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    Defining an Innovative Firm – It is Much More Than Technology

    Aug 10, 2010 | In: Organization & Culture

    Innovation is very much the word of the moment. We hear it used in science, the arts, in politics, in society, and often for good reason. For example, the creation and building of the European Union, is one of the most innovative – and indeed frustrating – processes in history. So what actually is innovation? Read more in this article by IMD professor Georges Haour, IMD, one of the world’s top business schools.