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The UNITE ambidextrous org-chart

This ambidextrous org-chart demonstrates how an organization might organize around the 3 Horizons of Growth, catering to both the existing core organization, but also focusing on innovation and transformation. 

The organizational response to the 3 Horizons of Growth​

A clear recommendation for how to separate the H3 environment from the H1 business​

The high-level blueprint for any organization that wants to lead innovation and transformation successfully​

What the download contains

  • The UNITE reference org-chart for the ambidextrous organization
  • Link to the UNITE Horizons of Growth as to help you understand why an organization has to separate the different Horizons of Growth
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Why we use it:

The tools and processes of a Horizon 1 business do not work in an innovation or transformation context because the goals, approaches, mindset and culture are all drastically different. Thus, the only way to succeed is to structurally differentiate between the 3 Horizons of Growth. 


This org-chart presents a proven way of differentiating across the 3 Horizons of Growth. Although the innovation (H3) team still reports to the CEO and Board of Directors, they are isolated from the politics, metrics, and standard operating procedures of the main business. The innovation unit is often led by a Chief New Business Officer, an individual who serves to bridge the gap between the innovation team and the rest of the business, isolating them from Horizon 1 while at the same time ensuring that the team gets the resources they need.

Horizon 2 transformation efforts are done jointly between the core business and the innovation unit.

What is the goal of the model?

Be successful across all 3 Horizons of Growth: Just as you don’t want the innovation team to have to follow the rules and procedures of the Horizon 1 business, the approaches that work for innovation will not be successful for running your day-to-day business. Understanding what approaches are best suited to what horizons and having the setup required for each of them will enable success. 



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» How to Create Innovation «

How to Create Innovation is a practical, comprehensive, OpenSource guide for successful corporate innovation. The UNITE initiative and movement, spearheaded by Stefan F. Dieffenbacher and Caroline Hüttinger and supported by a diverse team of industry leaders and innovation researchers, aims to spark a revolution in global innovation and transformation.


How to CREATE INNOVATION is a workbook for students, innovators, designers, and government and corporate leaders who appreciate and are curious about emerging technologies and the accelerating pace of innovation. It challenges the status quo and supports the development of the mindset, beliefs and strategies necessary for the next stage of business evolution. Leverage the UNITE innovation framework to conceptualize and build the future of your business.

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