Using the S-Curve to identify potential disruptions

This is a continuation of my blog posts based on my research into how technological disruptions and change occurs. A widely publicised model is the S-curve model that enables the evolution of the performance of a technology (Foster, 1986a; Foster, 1986b). In management of technology textbooks, this model is used to make predictions about the… Continue reading Using the S-Curve to identify potential disruptions

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.

Instigating Innovation: Tech push fallacy is still alive

Let me continue with the Instigating Innovation series. I will slowly shift my attention to the technology intermediaries, research centres and technology transfer organisations that exist in many countries to overcome persistent market failures in the private sector. Yes, I know it is a shock for some, but these centres do not really exist to… Continue reading Instigating Innovation: Tech push fallacy is still alive

Preparing for a different manufacturing future

In Africa, we face the challenge of a manufacturing sector that often manufactures products in low volumes. In a country like South Africa, we manufacture a wide range of products but often at low scale. Even our manufacturers that manufacture in larger volumes are still small compared to European or Asian competitors. In some parts… Continue reading Preparing for a different manufacturing future

Assisting firms to improve their Research and Development activities

In my daily work I deal with two kinds of manufacturers: those who have formal or informal research and development activities, and those who don’t. While there are certain tendencies for some industries to be more R & D intensive than others, I found some very innovative firms even in traditional sectors. The first step… Continue reading Assisting firms to improve their Research and Development activities