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

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

Unlocking knowledge in organisations

A favorite topic that I love to talk, think and write about is the knowledge that is lurking around in organisations, often untapped. Last week, the University of Stellenbosch Business School, where I am a member of faculty in the Executive Development programme, published an article I wrote in its thought leader newsletter. It is… Continue reading Unlocking knowledge in organisations

Significance over scale when selecting sectors

When promoting territorial economic development from an innovation systems perspective it is important to find ways of increasing the use of knowledge and innovation in the region. However, in mainstream economic development there is a tendency to target the private sector based on scale. This means that practitioners look at quantitative measures such as jobs, numbers of… Continue reading Significance over scale when selecting sectors

REPOST: The difference between academic and industrial science

In the last 5 years I have posted my blog articles on the topics around my work. I re-use many of these articles in my ongoing consulting and training work. Below is an article that I originally posted on 20 August 2011. This is one of the popular posts on my blogsite that was posted… Continue reading REPOST: The difference between academic and industrial science

Absorbed into the networks behind the systems we see

Its been a while since I have last posted here. The reason for my absence is two-fold. Firstly, I am busy with a course offered by Coursera and the University of Michigan about Social Network Analysis (SNA). My business partners and one of our associates in Mesopartner are participating in this course. The course is… Continue reading Absorbed into the networks behind the systems we see

Linking – Beyond Linear Development Trajectories: What if there were 5 clusters of quite different developing countries?

For my first post of 2013 I share a post from “Aid on the edge of Chaos” that I found challenged my thinking. The title and all the content relates directly to the site. We humans are supposedly very good at recognizing patterns, with some evolutionary theorists even crediting our survival and evolution with this… Continue reading Linking – Beyond Linear Development Trajectories: What if there were 5 clusters of quite different developing countries?

Is there a hierarchy of the different levels of innovation?

In my daily work I often switch between working on firm level issues about innovation to working on the more systemic level of innovation systems. My focus is mainly on the institutions that are trying to get whole regions or sub-sectors to uprgrade technologically. In other words, they want modernization of a particular sub-sector or… Continue reading Is there a hierarchy of the different levels of innovation?

Complexity and international development

A while ago I posted an article about the exciting developments in the various fields around complexity science and development (actually there are several earlier articles making reference to this topic). Recently Marcus Jenal wrote a great review of the work of Ben Ramalingam (author of the blog Aid on the Edge of Chaos) and… Continue reading Complexity and international development

What do we mean with systemic?

There are hundreds of ways of describing the word systemic. Yet in development it is important that we at least narrow down the definitions as to not cause confusion. Richard Hummelbrunner describes three emergent features of methods and approaches from systems thinking: An understanding of interrelationships A commitment to multiple perspectives An awareness of boundaries… Continue reading What do we mean with systemic?