Originally published Feb 2016, revised March 2018 When innovation centres, technology transfer centres, applied research platforms and other similar organisations wish to help industry with innovation, one way could be to assist companies to experiment with new ideas. I will simply refer to these centres from now on as innovation and technology support centres. In… Continue reading Instigating Innovation: Accelerating Experimentation in industry
Four of the partners in Mesopartner are at the TCI Conference in Daegu, South Korea. On the 3rd of November we all went in different directions on excursions to various clustering initiatives in the region. I signed up for the mechatronics tour. I want to share a few observations about the technology transfer institutions that… Continue reading Tech transfer in South Korea
So what have I been up to in the last few months? At the moment I am working with several industry organizations and development institutions in South Africa on topics that are all interrelated around the topic of upgrading of our manufacturing sector. This involves working both on the softer issues such as facilitation of… Continue reading My activities in the last months
Take a look at this post by Charles Kenny at the Centre for Global Development about why people don’t absorb technologies that we know they need!
In development practice reference is often made to technology as being about hardware (equipment) and software. “Software” is borrowed from information technology to mean the invisible stuff that makes things work, in other words knowledge especially in its coded (tacit) form. This is clumsy. There is a close relationship between innovation and technology, and that… Continue reading Technology: what do we mean?
It is time for me to venture into one of my other favourite topics: the service sector and its role in economic development. With this I am not shifting into promoting like DVD rentals (don’t worry), I am mainly interested in the knowledge intensive business sector (a.k.a KIBS) and how it enables economic growth and… Continue reading New series: the role of the service sector in economic development