Dr. Roch Parayre


About Dr. Roch Parayre - Expert on Innovation, Decision- Making, Scenario Planning and Blue Ocean Strategy:

Dr. Roch Parayre is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Philadelphia office and a member of Heidrick Consulting. He was previously a senior partner at Decision Strategies International, a global strategy and leadership development advisory firm acquired by Heidrick & Struggles in 2016, where he also led the Blue Ocean Strategy Practice.

A strategist and master teacher, Dr. Parayre has advised organizations on five continents across a broad spectrum of industries, helping them grow and transform their businesses. He is an expert and conducts executive education seminars on the topics of decision-making, scenario planning, innovation, and strategy. Roch teaches in executive education programs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, at CEDEP and INSEAD in France, for Duke Corporate Education, and at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Dr. Parayre was previously a senior fellow at the Mack Center for Technological Innovation at the Wharton School and a faculty member at the Cox School of Business at SMU, where he won numerous MBA teaching awards. His published works are in a variety of academic journals, industry reports, and trade publications.

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What Dr. Roch Parayre Talks About:

Blue Ocean Strategy
Blue Ocean Strategy urges us to change the metaphor around business strategy. It urges us to think of strategy not as warfare, but as exploration. Rather than competing in red oceans, stained by the blood of competition, Blue Ocean Strategy asks how we can make our value offering so distinctive that we find the blue waters of new market space, and make the competition irrelevant. Paradoxically, the best way to beat the competition may well be to stop trying to do so.

Blue Ocean Strategy offers a set of methodologies and tools to create that new market space. This workshop will introduce and apply the frameworks and tools of Blue Ocean Strategy, developed by Kim and Mauborgne, to your organization and markets. These visual frameworks and tools not only effectively help build the collective wisdom of the company but also to effectively execute through easy communication.

Innovative and Critical Thinking
Making decisions in an atmosphere of increasing time pressure, uncertainty, and conflicting advice creates challenges for any manager. Making sound leadership decisions in crisis situations is even more demanding. Critical and Innovative Thinking focuses on how to frame complex issues appropriately the first time. It presents a roadmap for making winning decisions every time, by alerting managers to common thinking traps and by offering practical remedies.

Scenario Planning
This unique executive program focuses on how to develop, test or surface your organization’s strategic direction in the face of uncertainty and complexity. It introduces a new conceptual framework and methodology to assure innovative as well as disciplined strategic thinking in volatile and complex environments. It is a quantum change from traditional planning approaches. It focuses on concepts, frameworks and techniques to link strategic vision to core capabilities. It presents the various steps of our scenario-based strategic planning methodology, and in a workshop format applies them to your own business.

Executing in an Uncertain Environment
Dr. Roch Parayre helps client organizations develop capabilities to achieve their organizational vision. Execution in uncertain environments often requires new capabilities in managing innovation and emerging technologies, dynamic monitoring, resource allocation and budgeting, information processing, managing organizational transformation and change, as well as building organizational flexibility and agility. In many cases, changes in culture and leadership may be required as well which Roch’s consulting, training programs and personal coaching can provide. The key is to involve those who will implement in the ideation phase of the strategy formulation process as well.

Testing Your Current Strategy
Most organizations already have strategies and tactics in place. But is your current strategy ‘future-proof’? In this type keynote presentation, Dr. Roch Parayre focuses on different external future scenarios that might unfold and then test how your current strategy would fare under these different scenarios. He then helps you identify which areas of your strategy might require adjustment and monitoring as the future unfolds. Most companies pursue fragile strategies that will not easily survive a shift in how the wind is blowing. Many organizations have optimized their strategy for the present, not the future! Inadvertently, they have sacrificed long-term prosperity for short-term gain. He will assess how vulnerable your strategy is to external change, competitive forces and shifts in consumer demand.

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