Series: Promoting innovation systems praxis in Africa

This year there have been several series of events celebrating the centenary of Christopher Freeman, one of the founding fathers of the study of innovation systems. The different events highlighted many older ideas that are still relevant while pondering how some new ideas might play out into the future. These events provided the perfect opportunity… Continue reading Series: Promoting innovation systems praxis in Africa

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

Social technological disruption: The disruption that hits hardest

This is the 5th post in this series on disruption. In this blog, I explore how innovations in new social technologies and arrangements can disrupt not only companies, but public organisations and even communities. For me, social technological disruption is the hardest to defend against.

What does it mean to be disrupted?

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Updated on 15 September 2020 It felt to me as if the refrain that technology is disrupting our lives had reached a crescendo in 2019 and early 2020. For most people, it feels as if the implications of technological advancements are creeping slowly but surely into their everyday lives. The “industrial revolution” is not happening… Continue reading What does it mean to be disrupted?

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

Identifying the meso organisations that strengthen technological capability

This article is from the Mesopartner Annual Reflection 2019 (Cunningham, 2019). In this article, I explore how one could go about to discover the network of meso organisations in a country that helps the private and the public sector to strengthen technological capability. During the past year, Mesopartner has been working with the Trade and Industrial… Continue reading Identifying the meso organisations that strengthen technological capability

Meso Institutions as enablers of Self-Discovery, Increasing Learning and resilience

Updated on 18 April 2020, originally published 15 October 2019 In every economy there are organisations that emerge to address all kinds of market, structural and organisational failures. We call these organisations meso organisations – they perform meso functions aimed at improving the economic performance and prosperity of the micro-level. While some meso functions may… Continue reading Meso Institutions as enablers of Self-Discovery, Increasing Learning and resilience

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