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Khattab Al-Ali

Khattab is a Strategic Consultant at HYPE Innovation. He is a subject matter expert and has been working with organizations in the Middle East and Europe as a project manager for more than 5 years. He is now coaching and training organizations to run and manage successful innovation management programs focusing on innovation, collaboration and cost reduction. Recent clients include Saudi Aramco, Gasco, ThyssenKrupp, Bosch and Adidas.

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Why Diversity Matters in Innovation Management

Posted by Khattab Al-Ali on Apr 19, 2017 9:00:21 PM

"Oh, I've never thought about it that way!"

Have you ever said this to a friend or a colleague at work? Or has anybody ever said this to you?


We don't always share the same opinion or the same point-of-view with other people in our private or business environment. We typically also don't share similar backgrounds, know-how, experiences and skills. We are different.

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Topics: People & Culture

Benchmarking & KPIs - how to keep your program healthy and know when it's performing well

Posted by Khattab Al-Ali on Jul 2, 2014 8:00:00 AM

"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."
- Albert Einstein

In the innovation management ecosystem analytics are often not taken seriously enough. Throughout the last 13 years we have been working with multinational companies it became clear to us that Innovation Managers often neglect the fact that decision makers base their judgment on strong and meaningful indicators.

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Topics: Governance

Disruptive Innovation – An opportunity for growth

Posted by Khattab Al-Ali on Mar 10, 2014 9:00:00 AM

You cannot outperform a marketplace if you adhere to its conventions.

Jean-Marie Dru, CEO TBWA

Facebook, the largest social network worldwide, still thriving and still growing, is buying Whatsapp, a startup-like SME for $19bn. What happened? With 1.2bn registered users (700 million of them active every day) Whatsapp is nowadays outperforming Facebook. It attracts nearly one million new users per day, a number Facebook cannot match. Particularly young users, the digital natives, have changed their communication patterns and have started to use alternative channels – primarily Whatsapp.

What this acquisition reveals is that the pace of change is increasingly accelerating. Market leaders are threatened by new players that disrupt their business models. Consider the progressive turnover rate of the Fortune 500 (Figure 1), and how even well established players in mature markets can nowadays lose market share in increasingly short timespan. Look at Dell and HP, who both were the leading vendors in the personal computer space – until they suddenly weren’t. Both didn’t recognize the shift in consumer demands – their traditional customer base has started to use new technologies to cope with daily tasks they traditionally have used personal computers for.

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Topics: Disruption & Transformation

The role of top-down management in enterprise innovation

Posted by Khattab Al-Ali on Feb 10, 2014 11:33:59 AM

Running a successful enterprise innovation management program can be a challenging mission. Multiple factors have to be considered, each of which affect potential outcomes. One key aspect is the level of support an innovation program receives from an organization’s management. Connecting the needs of top-down management with the strategy and architecture of an innovation program will always lead to greater levels of success.

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Topics: Governance

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