What the innovator needs …

There’s an abundance of management literature offering advice on how to foster innovation in a business context. However, there is very little discussion on how the innovator’s success critically depend upon the boundary conditions defined outside the business context. This larger societal context is what I addressed in previous posts (part 1 and part 2). Today, […]

How to cultivate innovation? – part 2

Innovation is often seen solely through a business lens, as a tool for companies to secure their competitive advantage. That explains the large volumes of business literature on managing innovation, but it’s also missing an essential point: the societal context of both, business and innovation. Businesses, and the economy in general, are embedded in society; […]

How to cultivate innovation? – part 1

Cultivating innovation is what every business leader must achieve to stay in business for more than just one product cycle. Therefore it’s no big wonder that there is an impressive library of management literature addressing the business of innovation. However, innovation is more than business, and the existing writing often misses that essential part of […]

Pushing a rope … ??

The longer I think about it, the more I cannot hide the impression that our approach to innovation, and to technology in specific, is similar to pushing a rope. To some extent, that reasoning constitutes part four to the two part series on expectations and realities (see parts one, two, and three). Let me explain. We […]

Wall Street

Describing the impact of innovation is a challenging task. Even if you narrow the question a little and focus on technology only, it doesn’t get a lot easier. Searching for a reasonably current example, something that most of you have experienced in your personal lives, I turned to cinema. And I found a compelling story […]