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Palladium Announces the Formation of the Positive Impact Research Institute

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Palladium announced at their recent Global Strategy Execution Summit the establishment of the Positive Impact Research Institute with world-renowned charter thought leaders Robert S. Kaplan, David P. Norton, Vijay Govindarajan, John Childress and Patrick Stroh. The Positive Impact Research Institute’s initial research agenda leverages its decades of thought leadership in international development, strategy execution, innovation and leadership.

“Today, Palladium’s expanded global reach and commitment to lead the world in the design and delivery of positive impact solutions requires a renewed commitment to developing leading-edge intellectual property,” said Kim Bredhauer, Group Managing Director and CEO of Palladium. “To that end, Palladium’s Positive Impact Research Institute will focus on understanding the forces shaping the Impact Economy, an ecosystem of commercial, government and social interests that fundamentally re-define sustainable value. In addition, the Research Institute will address ways to improve and advance management principles and processes to succeed in the age of impact. The Positive Impact Research Institute represents a significant commitment to exploring, understanding and supporting positive impact initiatives in the ever-changing and expanding impact economy.”

John McClellan, managing director of Palladium’s thought leadership group, said, “The Research Institute’s initial thought leaders represent the best minds in boundary-pushing thinking about ways to improve public and private sector performance, grow leaders and enhance human capital and exponentially expand opportunities through innovation. Backed by Palladium’s resources, the thought leaders’ commitments to produce and share meaningful insights underscores Palladium’s commitment to help organisations navigate their way to enduring success in the impact economy.”

Charter thought leaders in Palladium’s Positive Impact Research Institute include the following:

Robert S. Kaplan, Senior Fellow and Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School. Dr Kaplan joined the HBS faculty in 1984 after spending 16 years at the Tepper Business School, Carnegie-Mellon University, where he served as Dean from 1977 to 1983. With graduate degrees in electrical engineering and operations research, Kaplan co-developed both the Balanced Scorecard and activity-based costing. His research, executive education teaching and consulting focus on linking cost and performance management systems to strategy implementation. He has authored or co-authored 14 books and more than 150 papers including 25 in Harvard Business Review.

David P. Norton, the world’s leading authority on strategic performance management. Dr Norton is a co-founder and director of several professional services firms, including Palladium’s Strategy Execution Consulting practice. A frequent lecturer and writer around the world, Dr Norton’s work on strategy management has been the subject of many books, articles, executive conferences, training seminars and other programs. The Balanced Scorecard concept, developed with Dr Kaplan, was selected by the editors of Harvard Business Review as one of the most influential management ideas of the past 75 years. Dr Norton earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. in operations research from the Florida Institute of Technology, an MBA from Florida State University, and his doctorate in business administration from Harvard Business School.

Vijay Govindarajan, a leading expert on strategy and innovation. He is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author and the Coxe Distinguished Professor at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business and the Marvin Bower Fellow at Harvard Business School. He was the first Professor in Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant at General Electric. He worked with GE’s CEO Jeff Immelt to write “How GE is Disrupting Itself,” the Harvard Business Review article that pioneered the concept of reverse innovation – any innovation that is adopted first in the developing world. Govindarajan has been identified as a leading management thinker by many influential publications.

John R. Childress, Visiting Professor at the IE Business School in Madrid; an independent business advisor with a focus on corporate culture, leadership teams and strategy execution; and a key advisor to global CEOs and business leaders. He is also a business author of important works on strategy execution and corporate culture. Educated at Harvard, John brings penetrating insight, creative solutions and sense of humour to his work. John co-founded a ground-breaking leadership consulting firm with Dr Larry E. Senn. By 2000 it had grown significantly with offices in Los Angeles, New York and London, over 50 consultants and a blue chip list of clients. John and Larry pioneered much of the early work on corporate culture and the technology for culture change.

Patrick Stroh, innovation advisor and author of Business Strategy; Plan, Execute, Win! He is on the board of directors for the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), an international organisation that serves 72,000 finance professionals worldwide. His forthcoming book, Advancing Innovation, will be published in December 2015 by the IMA. He also sits on the board for Vail Place, a Minneapolis-based agency supporting those with mental illness. Stroh holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Minnesota State University-Moorhead, an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis and the Certified Management Accountant certification from the Institute of Management Accountants. Prior to consulting, he most recently held positions within UnitedHealth Group, including chief strategy and innovation officer, client experience officer, president of consumer health products and senior vice president of business strategy. Patrick also writes a column entitled “Innovation Elixir™” for the American City Business Journals covering 43 metro markets across the U.S.