Taking a walk across the innovation landscape

Recently I have described my concept of an innovation landscape along two axes: the demand for innovation, represented by the problems society is faced with, and the supply of innovation, represented by the ingenious ideas that have the potential to solve those problems. On both axes, there are known and unknown areas, but those areas […]

Shaping the innovation landscape

Looking for a means to better explain and express some of the complexities entailed in innovation, I feel that landscape can be a quite powerful metaphor. Of course there can be different ways to think about an innovation landscape, depending on your specific interest. As I am focused on the value that innovation must provide to […]

Understanding innovation in 2014 …

When I launched this blog only three months ago, I did that with a passion for understanding innovation and in the intention to commence a learning journey that would hopefully be inspiring, surprising, and encouraging. Now, at the end of the calendar year, looking back at the first few legs of the journey, I can […]

The innovator’s choice?

In a previous post I described the innovator’s needs as a rather abstract concept: he needs access to skills, assets, and resources. But how can the innovator actually fulfil them? What choices does he have? Does he have a choice at all? Well, rather than having a clear choice between several options, I think that […]

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, […]