President and co-founder of Doblin Inc., Larry Keeley has worked for over thirty years to develop more effective innovation methods to help teams succeed at the toughest innovations they try to pursue. Doblin is now a unit of Deloitte Consulting LLP, where Larry is a director.
BusinessWeek named Larry one of seven ‘innovation gurus’ that are changing the field and specifically cited Doblin for having many of the most sophisticated tools for delivering innovation effectiveness. Recently, they also selected Larry as one of the 27 most influential designers in the world.
In frequent demand as a speaker and facilitator, Larry has worked with scores of the world’s largest companies to build their signature innovation competences and with startup firms trying to change some smaller part of the world. He has done path-breaking philanthropy work, too, bringing innovation to bear on global poverty, education, food, or healthcare challenges. Along the way he pioneered the use of social science research, deep innovation protocols, critical theories like Ten Types of Innovation, Platforms, Convergences, and deep approaches to business model innovation. Larry’s book, Ten Types of Innovation, codifies much of the research and tradecraft that drives effective innovation and is available at Amazon.com. Recently, Deloitte adapted the signature Doblin innovation tradecraft into a new and free app, Ten Types of Innovation, available from the US Apple Store.
Larry teaches graduate innovation strategy classes at IIT Institute of Design in Chicago, the first design school in the US with a PhD program, where he is also a board member. He lectures in executive education programs at Kellogg Graduate School of Management, where he was recently named a Distinguished Fellow, and is an adjunct faculty member for their core MBA and their Master’s of Manufacturing Management programs. He also lectures at University of Chicago and other business schools worldwide. Collectively, Larry has helped educate more than 5,000 master’s- or PhD-level innovation specialists worldwide.
Larry was a Senior Fellow of the Center for Business Innovation, in Boston. He was also a board member for Chicago Public Radio, helping build it as an innovation engine for public radio across the US and fostering ‘This American Life’ and other path breaking new radio programs and media innovations.