How research pushes the boundary …

Research is often characterised as the act of intense and structured search. Though this view is not wrong, it doesn’t get to the core of what research is and what it is about. Wikipedia offers a more comprehensive perspective, defining research as: creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of […]

Knowledge and the economy

Subtitle: Collaboration in innovation – A love-hate relationship Any endeavour that exceeds the skills and resources of an individual or that entails significant uncertainty and risk benefits from collaboration. At the same time, we have a very human inclination to share only the risk, while retaining the benefits for ourselves. This desire for selective sharing […]

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, […]

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 […]