Larry Keeley

President and Co-Founder, Doblin Inc.

Larry Keeley is a strategist who has worked for 30 years to develop more-effective innovation methods. He is president and co-founder of Doblin Inc., an innovation strategy firm known for pioneering comprehensive innovation systems that materially improve innovation success rates. Doblin is now a member of Monitor Group, in Cambridge, Mass., where Keeley is a group leader.

Businessweek named Keeley one of seven innovation gurus who are changing the field, and specifically cited Doblin for having many of the most sophisticated tools for delivering innovation effectiveness. In 2010, Businessweek also selected Keeley as one of the 27 most influential designers in the world, a phenomenon Keeley himself found to be a head-scratcher, since he is not actually a designer.

Keeley teaches graduate innovation strategy classes at the Illinois Institute of Technology Institute of Design in Chicago, the first design school in the U.S. with a Ph.D. program, where he is also a board member. He lectures in executive education programs at Kellogg School of Management and is an adjunct faculty member for their core MBA and Masters of Management and Manufacturing programs. He also lectures at the University of Chicago, as well as at business schools in Spain, England, Scotland and China. Keeley was a senior fellow of the Center for Business Innovation in Boston.

Keeley is also a board member for Chicago Public Radio, where he has charted strategy for what has become an innovation engine for public radio across the U.S. — helping to foster "This American Life" and other path-breaking new radio programs and media innovations.

April 03, 2014