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Disruption - A Current Disease or the Way of Future Life?

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Mar 23, 2015 2:02:45 PM

I wanted to depart from just focusing on innovation within this post. It is getting at me. I continue to read similar entreaties, it seems almost daily. Is this a symptom of a current malignancy or something that is going to be part of our future business lives?

We are extorted to disrupt our enterprises before someone else does. The constant threat of both known and unknown competitors could simply attack tomorrow. It is in our ‘complacency’ that we will be reduced down and lose our competitive advantages, even face extinction.

There is so much disruptive power being harnessed that we are all facing an exponentially more complex and challenging environment. Are you buying into this story of doom and fear?

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Topics: Innovation Culture, Pace of Change, Innovation Education, Disruption

Hacking, data mining, algorithms, and other avenues for innovation

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Jun 9, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Earlier this year The Economist analyzed a trend dubbed the onrushing wave – or the wave of technological progress expected to accelerate the automation of work. Adding some figures to their observations, the editors predicted that jobs in 47% occupational categories ran the risk of being automated in the near future. Jobs like: accountancy, legal work, technical writing... Thanks to LEGO enthusiasts, not even DJing is safe anymore.

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Topics: Social Trends, Pace of Change

Organizational ambidexterity – a glimpse at the state-of-the-art

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Jun 4, 2014 8:30:00 AM

In an older post from February I argued that creativity had become a prevailing buzzword in the business literature and that, despite conflicting definitions, its strategic importance was hard to deny – chiefly in helping entities, large and small, survive.

Another trendy word with similar implications is ambidexterity. Not the property of being equally skillful with both hands, of course, but the organizational ambidexterity defined as the ability to pursue two disparate things at the same time; things like: efficiency vs. flexibility, exploitation vs. exploration, stability vs. adaptability or even short-term profit vs. long-term growth (source: FT’s Lexicon).

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Topics: Pace of Change

Exploring Diffusion and Adoption of New Innovation - Part 3

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Apr 18, 2014 10:53:00 AM

One of my favourite books is “Dealing with Darwin- how great companies innovate at every phase of their evolution” written by Geoffrey Moore. When you work through his other books and connected thinking of “Crossing the Chasm” and "Inside the Tornado” you really appreciate the learning stories coming out of his study of the Technology Adoption Life-Cycle.

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Topics: Research, Pace of Change

Exploring Diffusion and Adoption of New Innovation - Part 1

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Apr 15, 2014 8:30:00 AM

According to Professor Clayton Christensen and drawn from his book “Seeing What's Next: Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change, by Clayton M. Christensen, Scott D. Anthony, and Erik A. Roth. Harvard Business School Press, the only way to look into the future is to use theories.

The best way to make accurate sense of the present, and the best way to look into the future, is through the lens of theory.” The theory of innovation helps to understand the forces that shape the context and influence natural decisions.

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Topics: Radical Innovation, Pace of Change

Disruptive Innovation – An opportunity for growth

Posted by Khattab Al-Ali on Mar 10, 2014 9:00:00 AM

You cannot outperform a marketplace if you adhere to its conventions.

Jean-Marie Dru, CEO TBWA

Facebook, the largest social network worldwide, still thriving and still growing, is buying Whatsapp, a startup-like SME for $19bn. What happened? With 1.2bn registered users (700 million of them active every day) Whatsapp is nowadays outperforming Facebook. It attracts nearly one million new users per day, a number Facebook cannot match. Particularly young users, the digital natives, have changed their communication patterns and have started to use alternative channels – primarily Whatsapp.

What this acquisition reveals is that the pace of change is increasingly accelerating. Market leaders are threatened by new players that disrupt their business models. Consider the progressive turnover rate of the Fortune 500 (Figure 1), and how even well established players in mature markets can nowadays lose market share in increasingly short timespan. Look at Dell and HP, who both were the leading vendors in the personal computer space – until they suddenly weren’t. Both didn’t recognize the shift in consumer demands – their traditional customer base has started to use new technologies to cope with daily tasks they traditionally have used personal computers for.

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Topics: Radical Innovation, Pace of Change

What Arthur D. Little’s latest report tells us about innovation and creativity?

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Feb 12, 2014 2:13:00 PM

Creativity and innovation are prevailing buzzwords in business literature today. Run a standard search on Amazon and it will render some 64,200 titles on “Innovation” and approximately 18,300 on “Creativity”. This excludes the myriad of articles, conference proceedings, TED talks or good old-fashioned board meetings written or organized around the topics.

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Topics: Innovation Culture, Pace of Change

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