Chris Trimble has dedicated more than a decade to studying the challenge that vexes even the best-managed corporations: how to execute an innovation initiative, that is, how to turn breakthrough ideas into actual products, services, and improvements.
He is the author of the landmark book, The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge, with Vijay Govindarajan, as well as their New York Times bestselling follow-up, Reverse Innovation: Create Far From Home, Win Everywhere—which applied their research to the challenge of innovating to drive growth in emerging markets, while bringing those innovations home. A true visionary in his field, Trimble serves on the faculties of both the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science—where he is immersed in a multi-year effort to apply his work to the specific challenge of innovation in health care delivery.
Trimble is actively enjoying the payoff of his work in its real-world application—working shoulder-to-shoulder with innovation leaders in top corporations including General Electric, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, The New York Times Company, Genencor, Corning, Thomson Reuters, eBay, Fidelity, Unilever, and many, many others. A highly sought-after speaker, he has been welcomed by audiences at both public forums such as the BusinessWeek CEO Forum, the Conference Board’s Innovation Conference, and the HSM Innovation Forum—as well as for membership groups and associations such as American Public Power Association, Construction Industry Roundtable, CUSO Financial Services, Institute of Management Studies, and more.
Chris Trimble first broke into the forefront of executive consciousness with his 2005 book, Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators—from Idea to Execution, which was on The Wall Street Journal’s Top Ten Recommended Reading list alongside Freakonomics, The Tipping Point, and Blink. It was selected by Strategy & Business magazine as the best strategy book of the year. Notable articles include “Stop the Innovation Wars,” with Vijay Govindarajan, which won a McKinsey Award as one of the Harvard Business Review’s best articles of the year, as well as “How GE is Disrupting Itself,” with Jeff Immelt and Vijay Govindarajan. Trimble’s work has also appeared in the MIT Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Fast Company and The Financial Times.
With a career that mixes rigorous academic research with hard-nosed practical experience, Trimble credits his interest in innovation within large organizations as stemming from early experience as a submarine officer in the United States Navy. Trimble holds an MBA degree with distinction from the Tuck School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science degree with highest distinction from the University of Virginia.
Beyond the Idea
How to Execute Innovation in Any Organization
St. Martin's Press
A short, powerful one-stop guide to managing innovation and change, from the New York Times bestselling authors of Reverse Innovation. Beyond the Idea is an essential book for any business that recognizes that innovation always has been, and always will be, the key to long term growth and vitality.
How Stella Saved the Farm
A Tale About Making Innovation Happen
St. Martin's Press
How Stella Saved the Farm delivers eight simple lessons to guide innovation initiatives to success. It prepares business leaders to avoid some of innovation’s most toxic myths, teaches how to build the right kind of team, and shows how to learn quickly from experience.
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