This is a session at Innov8rs Barcelona, 21-22 April 2020

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How Healthy Companies Kill Innovation

Why are successful companies by their nature set up to prevent innovation to happen? What are the levers from an organization, culture and steering perspective that help to overcome this syndrome? What has SAP done in this regard?

Claus von Riegen

Vice President and Head of Business Model Innovation at SAP

Claus is Vice President and Head of Business Model Innovation at SAP SE. He chairs the BMI Service Center that shapes the design, incubation and scaling of new business models across board areas. In this role, he acts as a transformation agent and helps SAP pursue new business models in an agile way – managing the trade-offs with the corporate immune system that focuses on optimizing our current business model.

Previously, Claus held various management positions in product development where he most recently was responsible for SAP’s industry standards and open source strategy and drove a number of industry alliances, partner programs and developer network initiatives. He began his career at SAP in 1994 as a developer designing information models and application integration scenarios. Claus holds a master´s degree in computer science from the Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany, and a joint executive MBA from Mannheim Business School, Germany, and ESSEC, France.