Announcing the Innovation Coach offer in South Africa

Over the last five months I created think space to ponder what it is that I want to do in the next five years. I pondered what my “why” is, what it is that drives me from bed in the mornings early, what it is that draws me into books, articles and podcasts. I realised… Continue reading Announcing the Innovation Coach offer in South Africa

Rigid agencies in complex economic change processes

Europe, Germany, Berlin. Summer Academy, 10 years Mesopartner. at Hotel Grenzfall, Ackerstr. 136, Berlin.

The last few days I have been a participant in a conference about transformative innovation policy. It was quite a treat to be a participant in an event and not to be a moderator or speaker. The Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium is an initiative of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of… Continue reading Rigid agencies in complex economic change processes

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

New series: Instigating Innovation

I have been developing a new capacity building method and training approach that brings together my work in innovation systems promotion  and my work on improving technology and innovation management. I call it “Instigating Innovation”. I chose “instigating” because it has a more positive ring to it than provocation or incitement. While it is a… Continue reading New series: Instigating Innovation

Systemic Insight – Economic development is about introducing options, not bringing solutions

Marcus and I have just posted a new article on the Systemic Insight website. The post is about our recent article that was published in the IDS Bulletin (Vol 46.3) and is titled “Explore, Scale Up, Move Out: Three Phases to Managing Change under Conditions of Uncertainty”.  Please note that in future all my posts specifically about complexity… Continue reading Systemic Insight – Economic development is about introducing options, not bringing solutions

Post 5: Various regulatory and environmental factors that shape the behaviour of enterprises

This is the 5th post on building technological capability. I have written many posts before on the environment in which innovation and technological capability development takes place, so this will only be a short summary. In this perspective, we investigate how various regulatory and environmental factors shape the behaviour of enterprises. It combines the meta level (sociocultural)… Continue reading Post 5: Various regulatory and environmental factors that shape the behaviour of enterprises

Post 3: The role of various organizations involved in education

This is the 3rd post in the series on building technological capability. Contrary to common belief, building technological capability does not start with eduction. That being said, education matters and certainly makes any upgrading effort much easier. It is not only about the basic qualifications, but also about the ease with which existing employees can… Continue reading Post 3: The role of various organizations involved in education

Post 4: Technological Institutions that disseminate knowledge

This is the fourth post in this series about building technological capability. In 2011 I explained how we define technology in a broad way. This definition looks beyond hardware to include knowledge and organization of the different elements. For instance, if a company decides to achieve a new standard of compliance, that is seen as… Continue reading Post 4: Technological Institutions that disseminate knowledge

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