Identifying firms to work with to induce upgrading of industries

Businesses absorb knowlege from other businesses that are economically competent

This is a revised edition of a blog post I wrote back in 2011. When working on the improvement of innovation systems in developing countries, we have to work with firms. These firms have several roles, and there are three units of analysis: The firm is an important unit of analysis of innovative practices (product,… Continue reading Identifying firms to work with to induce upgrading of industries

Instigating Innovation: Accelerating Experimentation in industry

Originally published Feb 2016, revised March 2018 When innovation centres, technology transfer centres, applied research platforms and other similar organisations wish to help industry with innovation, one way could be to assist companies to experiment with new ideas. I will simply refer to these centres from now on as innovation and technology support centres. In… Continue reading Instigating Innovation: Accelerating Experimentation in industry

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

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

Innovation as cultural as opposed to innovation as a technique or function

Originally published in August 2015, revised in January 2018 Reflecting on the correspondence I have received after my previous post and recent training sessions with manufacturers, I have come to realise that people are looking for tools and tricks to encourage innovation in their workplaces. Sometimes it is actually not even about innovation, but about making… Continue reading Innovation as cultural as opposed to innovation as a technique or function

Instigating innovation: Where to start

Originally published in 2015, revised in February 2018 I am currently focused on strengthening the manufacturing sector. I am speaking more and more at meetings and events, in boardrooms and to post-graduate students about innovation. In this increasingly engineering-minded world people frequently ask me for tips on how to get innovation going. Some of the… Continue reading Instigating innovation: Where to start