User-led innovation

Here is another short article that I wrote on the topic of user-led innovation. Many of my clients are asking about this topic. Because we are so far away from the industrialised countries, and because we have such huge geographical spaces to cover, we are faced by sophisticated and sometimes unreasonable demands. Therefore lead firms,… Continue reading User-led innovation

What is the effect of Finland declaring broadband a basic right?

The news services are alive with reports that Finland has declared broadband of 1mb/s a basic right for all Finns.  Quite interestingly commercial service providers will be obliged to provide this service from 1 July to all households. No I can hear you all say “but that is a developed country, we have different priorities… Continue reading What is the effect of Finland declaring broadband a basic right?

Stimulating demand led innovation in Africa

To do business in Africa is not easy. I am not being pessimistic with this statement. I am based in Africa because I believe in our opportunities here. But lets face some truths: We are far from input suppliers (a problem for many and an opportunity for others) We are far from our customers (I… Continue reading Stimulating demand led innovation in Africa

Connecting innovation systems with local and regional economies

Many of you have asked me how I connect my current focus on innovation systems and technological upgrading with industries with my past experiences of local and regional economic development. I thank you for repeatedly asking this question, and apologise for not providing you with an answer. The reason for my silence was that I… Continue reading Connecting innovation systems with local and regional economies

Sharing links: Scidev.net and the new manifesto

I frequently receive requests for more links, papers and ideas around how science can be related to development. Add Scidev.net to your favourites.  (Thank you, Lucho for bringing the website to my attention.) At the same time you might want to look at “a new manifesto” that deals with new ways of linking science and… Continue reading Sharing links: Scidev.net and the new manifesto

Where does innovation come from? – part 1

I have been asked to share some of my work on innovation. Below is a short piece from a publication that I am working on dealing with innovation systems. While product and process innovation is better known and often receives the most attention, competitive advantage often emanates from organisational and business model innovations that emerge… Continue reading Where does innovation come from? – part 1

Innovative firms

Have you ever wondered why not all firms are innovative? If you are a development practitioner like I am, then you must have come across hundreds if not thousands of small and large firms that are not very innovative. This results in these firms also not being very competitive. There could be many reasons why… Continue reading Innovative firms

In search of innovation in firms

Thank you for your concerned messages about my recent whereabouts. In the last few weeks I have involved in running a RALIS (Rapid Appraisal of Local Innovation Systems) with my colleague and friend John Lawson. This process is focused around three Institutes of Advanced Tooling in South Africa that are based in the Western Cape,… Continue reading In search of innovation in firms