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Professor Stephen Cummings

Stephen Cummings is Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Victoria University of Wellington and director of VUW’s new innovation space, The Atom. He holds visiting or adjunct positions at Warwick Business School, ENPC Paris, Ecole Hassania Casablanca, the University of Melbourne, Stockholm University and Trinity College Dublin. Stephen is the author of several books on creativity, communication and strategy, which have been translated into many other languages including Chinese, Danish, Korean and Russian.

His latest book Strategy Builder: How to create and communicate more effective strategies (Wiley, 2015), shows how it can be more effective to work collaboratively with stakeholders to visualize a strategy than to just write it up into a lengthy report that few people read and less engage in.

He has worked with a range of public and private organization to build strategies that follow this approach to visualization and communication, including The Financial Times, HSBC, GKN Wesland, The Prudential, Air Services Australia, The Commerce Commission, and The Financial Markets Authority. His most recent piece of work in this regard has been working with TAS, the Ministry of Health, New Zealand’s 20 District Health Boards, and their many stakeholders, to develop a new employment relations strategy for the DHB’s to be rolled out in 2020.