Untangling digitisation, digitalisation and digital transformation

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I was recently invited by the Reconomy Programme and the Helvetas working group on Market Systems Development to address practitioners working on economic development in the Balkan region. I was specifically asked to untangle the concepts of digitisation, digitalisation and digital transformation in the context of international development cooperation. The remainder of this post are… Continue reading Untangling digitisation, digitalisation and digital transformation

Some thoughts on re-thinking your workspace

Originally posted on 23 April 2021, updated on 3 May 2021 Several of my friends and clients are wondering what their workspace arrangements may look like in the future. The lockdowns and disruptions over the past year have rapidly accelerated the use of digital technologies to enable remote work, to improve coordination within and between… Continue reading Some thoughts on re-thinking your workspace

Supporting your team from a distance during self or imposed isolation

Nikola Tesla was able to concentrate on reading a book while electricity arced and sparked around him

Updated on 7 April 2020, also posted to www.innovationcoach.co.za/blog I have been receiving many messages from clients and friends asking for advice on how to work from home. I have organised the requests into three groups. The first group has been asking me how I manage my time. What works for me is to organise my… Continue reading Supporting your team from a distance during self or imposed isolation

Some of the challenge prospective clients that reach out to me are grappling with

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Some of the issues that prospective clients that approach me are struggling with around meso and/or technological change

The evolution of technologies, industries and regions

In the earlier research on technological evolution in the 1970-1995 period, attention was mainly paid to either a whole economy or a single sector or technological paradigm. It is broadly understood from this research that different industries and technologies evolve at different rates. This means that over time, some industries may be more important than… Continue reading The evolution of technologies, industries and regions

Technological architectures

An important distinction can be made between architectural innovation and component-level innovation. The architecture defines the way different components or subsystems are organised and how they interact with other components. Often architectures themselves form part of even larger webs of architectures. Innovations at the component level, which is a physically distinct portion of the technology… Continue reading Technological architectures

Becoming better at tracking how technologies change over time

The subject of how technologies evolve over time have been receiving a lot of attention over the last 40 years. Actually, much of the research work done in the late 80s and 90s are still relevant today. With all the talk of the fourth industrial revolution, the attention has shifted towards innovations coming from elsewhere… Continue reading Becoming better at tracking how technologies change over time

Is the Fourth Industrial Revolution a paradigm shift?

I am excited that the Helvetas Eastern European team asked me to write a blog post for their Mosaic newsletter about the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The blog article and many others can be found here. Regular readers will know that I am not so convinced of one big revolution; rather that there are many smaller disruptions.… Continue reading Is the Fourth Industrial Revolution a paradigm shift?

Pondering disruptions and industrial revolutions

South African's visit industrial heritage brownfield in Germany in 2009

I am asked almost daily about my opinion about “the fourth industrial revolution”, technological disruptions and the impact on jobs. Depending on who asks, I might fire off a statement like “I don’t believe there is a fourth industrial revolution underway”. Or perhaps I might be a little bit more popular and say “I don’t… Continue reading Pondering disruptions and industrial revolutions

The difference between the terms Fourth Industrial Revolution and Industrie 4.0 matters

There are two terms that many of my clients use interchangeably, which really bothers me. The first is the term “the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, and the other is “Industrie 4.0”. What bothers me is that these two labels represent two concepts that only partially overlap. Sometimes they are conjoined with an “and” in a sweeping… Continue reading The difference between the terms Fourth Industrial Revolution and Industrie 4.0 matters