New podcast episode published on System Insight: Episode 6 On Competitiveness

I hope you are all following our Systemic Insight podcast series. Instructions below! We have just launched a new episode on the Systemic Insight Podcast. In this episode, I discuss with Marcus the concept of competitiveness. The chat was inspired by some reading Marcus had been doing that condemned competition to be part of the… Continue reading New podcast episode published on System Insight: Episode 6 On Competitiveness

Post 2: Technological capability: enabling enterprises to innovate

This is the second post in this series about building technological capability. I believe that this technological capability is best developed by an innovation systems approach with a particular view on emergent properties of the system. I have written before about the importance of taking a business perspective on an innovation system here and here.… Continue reading Post 2: Technological capability: enabling enterprises to innovate

Competitive advantage? Just how competitive are you.

I am working every day with businesses that are denying that the game has changed. Many believe it is just the government that is inventing new rules. This is true in some cases, but in most the government is also simply responding to global changes. The benefit of working outside of South Africa sometimes is… Continue reading Competitive advantage? Just how competitive are you.

Help – the industry I am working with is uncompetitive and many do not care

In most strategic management textbooks 4 generic factors are identified that can be used to build competitive advantage: efficiency, quality, innovation and customer responsiveness. These four factors are highly interrelated, as an improvement in customer responsiveness for instance could result in improved quality and better efficiencies. By addressing these four factors a business can reduce… Continue reading Help – the industry I am working with is uncompetitive and many do not care

Business profits in South Africa and elsewhere

I spend a large amount of time interviewing and engaging with private sector enterprises. This fieldwork is sometimes like a roller coaster ride, because you can go from seeing a cutting edge business to seeing a business on the verge of collapse within one morning. While even I have often lamented the state of competitiveness… Continue reading Business profits in South Africa and elsewhere

How competitive is South Africa?

Hopefully my international readers are not following the news in South Africa. Over the last few months we have been blasted with negative and mixed messages from the government. It sometimes seems like the government is fighting itself. But to be honest. Actually, the mood here is not so positive everyday, and for the first… Continue reading How competitive is South Africa?

Different kinds of competition

If we assume that competitiveness is essential for economic growth, then it is important to explore the reasons why so many people do not like competition. Perhaps we all work with someone who is very competitive that can turn even getting to the water cooler first into a life-and-death rush.  From a developmental perspective many… Continue reading Different kinds of competition