Innovation & Science

Intuitively we know that science is somehow related to innovation. It is somewhere at the origin of innovation, isn’t it? Science underpins innovation, doesn’t it? But this relation is not as simple or straight as we might want it to be; there’s no self-evident direct connection. I’ve looked at this dilemma in an earlier post, […]

The innovation protagonists

If the innovation landscape is setting the stage for innovation to occur, you may well ask for the main cast: who are the innovation protagonists? I’ve indicated some of my thinking in the recent walk across that landscape, but I feel the need to be more specific about the roles that institutions, organisations, and entrepreneurs play. […]

“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 […]

A working definition …

As a first waypoint on this journey, I sense that it is helpful to reflect on how I intend to use the term “innovation” in the course of the evolving discussion. Without further ado, I’d offer the following working definition: INNOVATION is the development and implementation of an unprecedented problem solution. Let’s see what those […]