Elon Musk on keeping on keeping on

As a promoter of innovation and good decision making, I am always hesitant of getting too attached to what the icons like Google, Tesla, GE and others are doing. People take ideas from these organisations while forgetting about the culture, the context and the past of these organisations. Trying to copy and paste things that… Continue reading Elon Musk on keeping on keeping on

Futurists and local economic development

A group of senior South African decision makers on a tour to Germany to see how German local governments planned for change

Futurists use a forward-looking philosophy to chart their organisations’ strategies. They are not so caught in the here and now. Rather they imagine and then mobilise people towards a future that does not yet exist. It means you can not yet plan for it, you first have to imagine it. Futurists are not caught up like… Continue reading Futurists and local economic development

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

Linking – Posts on innovation and science

Somewhere in December I started to rest and neglected reading some of my favorite blog sites. I have now caught up and here are some important posts that I would like to share with my readers. One of my favorite authors on innovation, Tim Kastelle, made the following posts: Innovation: Are you a gardener or… Continue reading Linking – Posts on innovation and science

UNU-MERIT: How firms innovate: R&D, non-R&D, and technology adoption

You may be interested in the following paper from UNU-MERIT by C. Huang, A. Arundel & H. Hollanders The official abstract is below. Non-R&D innovation is a common economic phenomenon, though R&D has been the central focus of policy making and scholarly research in the field of innovation. An analysis of the third European Community… Continue reading UNU-MERIT: How firms innovate: R&D, non-R&D, and technology adoption

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