More from the bird’s eye view …

In a recent post, I’ve presented a top-level perspective on competition in innovation. Cardwell’s Law truly takes a bird’s eye view in stating that No nation has been (technologically) very creative for more than a historically short period. Though there is impressive historic evidence to support this observation, it only addresses the symptoms of competition, but not the underlying reasons why […]

A bird’s eye view on competition

So far, I have viewed the innovation landscape through the lens of a single society and what happens inside it. But it shouldn’t be a surprise that there is more than one society. Rather than one global society, there are many regional and even local societies instead. With partial overlaps, with some commonalities and many differences. […]

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 […]

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 […]