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

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

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

South African Research units and funding scenarios

In this blog I explain how a quick scenario exercise helped a leadership team of a research centre at a South African University develop a portfolio of strategies that they could use to ensure their organisation continued to add value despite the expected economic downturn and increased turbulence at universities.

How difficult it is to change an organization around a simple insight

In the last few months I have been going back to my change and organizational development roots. I have been on a journey to reconnect my more recent insights on systemic change and innovation systems with my earlier experience in process consulting, supporting organizations to change. I have rediscovered many old ideas that are still… Continue reading How difficult it is to change an organization around a simple insight

New series: Organisational knowledge and innovation

In the next few posts I will elaborate on the role of knowledge in enabling learning organisations. In a previous post (here), I have concentrated mainly on how knowledge for innovation is generated in organisations. The response from readers was very positive, and as I worked with management teams to strengthen their innovative culture I… Continue reading New series: Organisational knowledge and innovation

Unlocking knowledge in organisations

A favorite topic that I love to talk, think and write about is the knowledge that is lurking around in organisations, often untapped. Last week, the University of Stellenbosch Business School, where I am a member of faculty in the Executive Development programme, published an article I wrote in its thought leader newsletter. It is… Continue reading Unlocking knowledge in organisations

Instigating innovation in traditional industries

Originally published in January 2016, revised in March 2018 The average manufacturer in a developing country often grapples with the notion of innovation. That is why such industries are often called “traditional“, although almost all industries will have one or two outliers. While governments, such as the South African government, offer incentives to stimulate innovation,… Continue reading Instigating innovation in traditional industries

Four functions of innovation and technology management

Originally published in November, 2015, revised in March 2018 I would like to continue the “Instigating Innovation” series (see opening post here, where to start and the post about culture here). The idea behind this series is that I explain innovation management concepts that can be used by both enterprises and technology transfer and industry support institutions. To recapitulate:… Continue reading Four functions of innovation and technology management

If the culture cannot change then the business cannot change

Gapingvoid gets it right again

Originally published in August 2015, revised in January 2018 I received many comments and tweets about the previous post. Thank you for ideas and comments Some agreed that innovation is the result of culture. Some said that culture is not only created by management, but also by staff. For instance, the admin pool in a… Continue reading If the culture cannot change then the business cannot change