Larry Keeley is a strategist who has worked for thirty years to develop more effective innovation methods. Larry is president and co-founder of Doblin Incorporated, an innovation strategy firm known for pioneering comprehensive innovation systems that materially improve innovation success rates. Doblin is now a member of Monitor Group, Cambridge, MA where Keeley is a Group Leader.
Since 1979 Keeley has worked with many global companies on innovation effectiveness, among them Abbott Labs, Aetna, American Express, Amoco, Apple, Baxter, Boeing, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, Consignia, Diageo, Ford, Gates Foundation, Gillette, GE, Hallmark, Liberty Global, Mars, Mayo Clinic, McDonald’s, Monsanto, Motorola, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Qwest, Rockefeller Foundation, SAS, Shell, Sony, Steelcase, Target, Texas Instruments, VHA, WellPoint, Whirlpool, and Zurich Financial Services. He lectures frequently and publishes regularly on strategic aspects of innovation. Keeley is completing a book on innovation effectiveness, The Taming of the New, which outlines a comprehensive approach to effective innovation and the role of leaders in driving innovation within enterprises.
BusinessWeek named Keeley 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. In 2010, they also selected Keeley as one of the 27 most influential designers in the world, a phenomenon Keeley himself found to be odd, since he is not actually a designer.
Keeley teaches graduate innovation strategy classes at the Institute of Design in Chicago, the first design school in the U.S. with a PhD program, where he is also a board member. He lectures in executive education programs at Kellogg Graduate School of Management and is an adjunct faculty member for their core MBA and their Masters of Manufacturing Management programs. He also lectures at University of Chicago, plus business schools in Spain, England, Scotland and China. Keeley was a Senior Fellow of the Center for Business Innovation, in Boston. He 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.