There is a lot of talk about open innovation. But what do you need to be able to really walk the talk and generate concrete results? In this IM Channel One Expert Panel Discussion hosted by NineSigma, you will learn about how Open Innovation has been adopted transversally across diverse industries, how this has been achieved and the impact it has had in making and maintaining these Open Innovation adopters industry leaders.

Learn about the rules, guidelines and practices for successful application of open innovation methods and practices. You will learn how open innovation fits into the global corporate innovation tool box, how they compliment each other, the synergies involved and the contribution of each tool in successfully driving a global innovation strategy and program.

  • Why do organizations implement open innovation capabilities and tools?
  • What are the important organizational considerations and lessons learned from General Motors, B/S/H and Philips?
  • How does open innovation play in this current economic climate?
  • How do you measure Open Innovation?
  • How does open innovation fit in the corporate innovation toolbox?

About the Moderator and Experts of the session


Rick Wielens, CEO, NineSigma Europe. Rick Wielens joined NineSigma in 2010 and is responsible for NineSigma Europe. Previously, Rick worked with his own company in open innovation and expert services mainly in the High Tech area in the Netherlands and Germany. Rick brings international experience working in Germany for SAP and in the Netherlands for Royal Philips Electronics in various roles and industries. Rick holds a M.Sc. in Transport Planning and Management from the Westminster University in London and a BA in Traffic Engineering from the University of Applied Science in Tilburg.


Werner Vogt, is a former board member of the Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte Group as their COO and CTO and is currently Honorary Professor and Chairman of Applied Sciences at Karlsruhe University as well as member at the university board of the Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences. After earning his Masters Degree in Manufacturing Engineering Management (wirtschaftsingenieurwesen) at Karlsruhe University he joined the Siemens group where served in different roles from 1975 onwards in Siemens Energy and Automation and Siemens Automation and Drives. He worked both in Germany and the USA. He became board member of the Bosch Siemens Appliances business in 2007 and retired from this role in 2009. Next to his activities in Germany, he is currently on the Consultancy Board, GAMI Global Advanced Manufacturing Institute, Suzhou, China.


Alan Taub is currently Professor at the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering. Taub was Vice President, Global Research & Development at General Motors, leading GM’s advanced technical work activity, seven science laboratories around the world, and seven global science offices. He retired from this role in April 2012. Before joining GM, Taub spent 15 years in research and development at General Electric, where he earned 26 patents and authored more than 60 papers. He also worked at Ford Motor Company for eight years. Taub received his Bachelors Degree in Materials Engineering from Brown University and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics from Harvard University. Taub was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering in 2006. He also serves on advisory boards for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, and the University of California, Berkeley.


Katja van der Wal, Director Open Innovation, Philips Consumer Lifestyle. Katja van der Wal is driving the Open Innovation program at Consumer Lifestyle. The Innovation & Development function of this sector is on a journey to realize its ambition to become a fast, externally focused and collaborative innovation organization, creating and delivering consumer-centric products that delight and bring sense & simplicity to people. Open Innovation is one of the important focus areas to get there. Prior to this, Katja has held several positions in Consumer Marketing Management at the headquarters of Philips CL (and formerly Philips DAP). In addition to other experiences she has 5 years as Director, Consumer Marketing Management for Senseo, a partnership between Philips and SaraLee/DouweEgberts. Katja joined Philips 20 years ago, starting in production engineering at Philips Semiconductors. She holds a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Technical University Delft in The Netherlands.

About NineSigma

NineSigma is one of the most experienced and advanced Open Innovation service providers. Founded in 2000, NineSigma has been offering open innovation solutions long before it was an accepted management practice. NineSigma is responsible for a large part of how open innovation is practiced today, and continues to evolve its services and organization to ensure that organizations will be prepared to move their business to the next level of open innovation capability, regardless of where they are today.

NineSigma engages companies across all industry sectors with the global innovation community and enables their organizations to leverage our open innovation network of external resources to solve immediate challenges, fill product pipelines and integrate new knowledge and capabilities into their organizations.