On leadership

To state it upfront: innovation is an investment. It ties up resources that could be used for other purposes. But rather then expending them here and now, they are put in the bank in hopes of some dividend, some return on investment at a later stage. Innovation ties up money, people, material, facilities, often significant amounts […]

Science – a great innovation

What makes a great innovation? It should certainly generate value for society. That is, for many, many people. It should also have a lasting impact. And maybe, in retrospect, it could have changed the course of history? Now that’s a tall order. Examples, please. Taming fire – offering light, heat, new access to food, and […]

Does innovation need science?

Let’s talk about science. But not from the perspective of what science is. Rather, let’s look at the demand side: What roles does science play in innovation? Does innovation need science at all? Maybe I should testify under oath that I have a passion for science before I address such heretic questions, but let’s see […]

“Technological innovation” is redundant …

When talking about innovation you’ve surely seen fierce discussion over how much the engineers contributed, how much the sales people, how much the administrators, and so on. That usually moves into debate over technological innovation (the engineers’ part) and other kinds of innovation, like business innovation or organisational innovation. Well, I’d argue that every innovation […]

The essence of technology

If you ask people’s ideas about technology, you’ll get a mixed bag of answers. Ranging from outright fascination, through perfect indifference, to utter scepticism. Technology is understood to be somewhat related to progress, it seems to evolve over time, and it is tied to change in society as well. What you won’t get, though, is a […]