Michael Shamiyeh

Michael Shamiyeh helps students, researchers, and decision makers define the framework for innovation and change, design and communicate visions, and build the innovation capabilities, systems, and structures that are right for organizations. He gained more than 25 years of international work experience in the field of architectural design and about 10 years in strategic management.

Since the early 2000s, he has been striving to combine both competencies and has been fortunate to work with Kodak, Porsche, Siemens and McKinsey, among many other leading companies. Prior to that time he worked as an architect and collaborated with Ortner & Ortner, Berlin, and Boris Podrecca, Vienna. Daniel Libeskind kindly supported his move to the U.S. Michael holds degrees from the University of St. Gallen (PhD in Management), Harvard University (MArch in Architectural Theory), AA London (MA History and Critical Thinking), and the Technical University of Vienna (Dipl-Ing in Architecture).

Michael has published in international journals, books, and popular media. The work he and his team has done has won awards at home and abroad, including the highly remunerated "Innovation Prize" (€100,000) from the Austrian Ministry of Science in 2009, or the Gold Medal for "Best Invention" from the World Intellectual Property Organization in 2010.

His research focuses on design thinking, strategic foresight, corporate entrepreneurship, change leadership and strategy development. He loves to thoroughly analyze the success and failure of pioneers (and their enterprises) and to synthesize and communicate findings adequately for different audiences. Recently, he directed a five year research, film, and exhibition project on Porsche’s ten most important innovation strategies throughout the company’s legacy (www.LearningFromPorsche.com) – a project that was authorized by the Porsche and Piëch families. Since 2012, he has been investigating Kodak's response to technological disruption.