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We guide organizations to identify and develop new product and service concepts and we design the new business models that support those concepts.

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Oyster provides leaders and their organizations with practical growth paradigms. We guide organizations to identify and develop new product and service concepts and we design the new business models that support those concepts. To this end, we create underlying processes, coach leadership, manage staffing and provide the management tools necessary to ensure the investment value of this work.

Donald L. Laurie, Managing Partner
Yves Doz, Director of Research and Education
Candice McGann, Controller

Oyster International has a unique mix of skills. We are experienced in working with Chief Executives, executive teams and platform development organizations to create profitable growth and value.

The team includes experienced management consultants, former chief executives, operators and practitioners experienced in reinventing core businesses. Also among us are gifted academics from the Harvard Business School and INSEAD who are practiced in conceptualizing the strategic challenges of creating topline growth.

Donald L. Laurie Donald L. Laurie advises corporations and private equity firms in framing and resolving challenges at the intersection of leadership, growth, and strategy execution

Don is Chief Executive of Oyster International LLC. He works with chief executives and senior management in the development of their leadership agendas. He supports the CEO and senior management team in defining their role, work and value added as an executive team. He brings unique experience and perspective to the development of corporate growth agendas, the building of new growth platforms and strategy execution. Don leads the Harvard Business School, INSEAD and Oyster International research: The CEO Agenda and Growth. He is a frequent author and co-author in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) including:
  • The Work of Leadership, a Harvard Business Review Classic. It is the best-selling reprint on leadership in the history of HBR. The leadership principles in the article have helped executives, organizations and industries distinguish between the work of leadership and authority and resolution of technical problems versus adaptive challenges.
  • Creating New Growth Platforms, provided executives and managers in large global and start-up companies with a disciplined and systematic approach to re-conceive their growth strategies and focus on building new growth platforms to deliver top line growth and greater shareholder value.
  • Six Ways to Kill a Growth Initiative focuses on the leadership role of the CEO in improving the potential for successful business building in established corporations and traps to be avoided.
Don is author of The Real Work of Leaders and Venture Catalyst: the five strategies for explosive corporate growth. He is a frequent speaker at corporate management conferences, CEO summits, Business Week Roundtables, and such high-profile venues as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

He is a private investor, business builder and/or director of a number of early and mid-stage companies including: Up-to-Date, Endeca Technologies, TEI Bioscience, Lazarus Effect, TransEnterix, Semprus Bioscience, Frequency Therapeutics, Amylyx Pharmaceuticals, LumiraDx and others.

He is on the Board of Trustees of St. Benedict’s Prep and is an active contributor to the work of the Institute for Health Care Improvement and the Peterson Centre for Healthcare. He serves on the Board of the Indian River Medical Center and Distinguished Lecture Series in Vero Beach, FL. Also, the Honor Foundation which supports Navy SEALs in their transition from ‘warriors’ to the private sector. He served on the selection committee for the USNA and HBR Ethical Leadership Award presented annually at the Leadership Excellence Summit at the United States Naval Academy.

Yves DozYves Doz is Director of Research at Oyster International. He is responsible for strategy research and executive education. He is the Timken Chaired Professor of Global Technology and Innovation at INSEAD, where he was Dean of Executive Education (1998-2002) and Associate Dean for Research and Development (1990-1995). Professor Doz was Director of the Management of Technology and Innovation programme at INSEAD, a multi-disciplinary effort involving about 20 faculty members and researchers that ran from 1987 to 1994. He has taught at the Harvard Business School and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and Aoyana Gakuin University in Tokyo.

His research on the strategy of multinational companies, examining specifically high-technology industries, led to numerous publications, including three books: Government Control and Multinational Management (1979), Strategic Management in Multinational Companies (1986) and (with CK Prahalad), The Multinational Mission: Balancing Local Demands and Global Vision (1987). His book on strategic alliances (with Gary Hamel), Alliance Advantage, has been published in July 1998. One more book, co-authored with José Santos and Peter Williamson, two INSEAD colleagues, entitled From Global to Metanational: How Companies Win in the Knowledge Economy (Harvard Business School Press, 2001) shows how companies can mobilize dispersed knowledge to learn from the world. His research work has won numerous awards, most recently (2003) a Distinguished Scholar Award from the Academy of Management. Professor Doz was also nominated by The Economist as one of a handful of European ‘Management Gurus.' He is a frequent speaker at management conferences and corporate events.

He has consulted for many major multinational corporations and taught in their internal development programs. His recent assignments have included assisting the restructuring of the top management of a leading European diversified multinational, advising multinationals on the development of new growth platforms and designing and implementing competitive revitalization programs.
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