How EY launched an innovation program inside a professional services firm

How do you jump-start an innovation program inside a global professional services firm?

As part of our IL Live series of conference calls, we spoke recently with Jeff Saviano, the innovation leader within EY’s tax practice for the Americas, to answer that question.

EY traces its roots back to 1849, and operates in more than 150 countries. It had $30 billion in revenue in the most recent fiscal year, and employs 231,000 people. Saviano leads a team that discovers and brings to market new tax services and creates an innovation culture inside the firm’s tax practice.

One big challenge, according to Saviano: “Making sure that we’re not just asking people to spend time on nights and weekends to build something new, [and] move us in a new direction. If you’ve got a manager who is working 60 hours a week and doing great things for clients, it may be hard to expect that you’re going to get that manager to move mountains on nights and weekends.”

Highlights of our conversation are below. To listen to the audio, click play below or the “down arrow” to download an MP3 file for later listening.

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