Genes, Memes and Norms

Over the last 12 months or so a large part of our research has been dedicated to thinking about cultural change within organisations and how it occurs. To help us with this process we have extensively explored the biological and…

Researching Research: The Blind Spot of Objectivity

Researching Research: The Blind Spot of Objectivity

There is only a perspective seeing, only a perspective knowing; and the more affects we allow to speak about one thing, the more eyes, different eyes we can use to observe one thing, the more complete will our “concept” of…

Organisational Innovation and the SPACE Framework

In a recent article that payed homage to the work of Peter Drucker, John Hagel reiterated the argument that he and John Seely Brown developed in their recently published research paper, Institutional Innovation. The argument states that with the increasing…

The Knowledge Biased Economy

The Knowledge Biased Economy

Aesthetics is for the artist as ornithology is for the birds. Barnett Newman The colour field painter Barnett Newman was a skeptic when it came to the received wisdom about the link between theory and practice in art. Newman saw…

The Cultivation of Curiosity

Whilst preparing some reflections on Martha Nussbaum’s Creating Capabilities, which continues to develop her long standing research within the areas of Human Development, we were reminded of her recent argument concerning the current state of Education and its relation to…

Organise Against the Machine

As part of our current research programme we have been exploring the theme of Organisational Ecologies in an attempt to identify the innovative practices that are embedded within them. One of the starting points for this research was to review…

Creating New Knowledge Cultures

It has now been well over fifteen years since a report by the OECD popularised the notion of the ‘knowledge economy’’ as a mode of economic organisation. Aside from occupying the dubious position of a well crafted ideological construct, developed…

The Creativity Complex

The Creativity Complex

Along with the rising notion of innovation, the concept of ‘creativity’ has gained a significant place in the ideal skill set of the modern professional. This readymade sign of originality, novelty or invention has taken on a convenience value as…

Micro-Innovation: Evolution or Revolution?

The process of mapping innovations is often one of considering where on the Evolution/Revolution spectrum they reside. This spectrum exists, like most spectrums, to set two opposite reference points from which a confident either/or placement can be made as to…

The Business Atelier and Everyday Enterprise

The Business Atelier and Everyday Enterprise

In The Craftsman, Richard Sennett portrays the atelier in Medieval Europe as a social nexus of craft, technique, instruction and expression, driven by the tension between the guilds (associations of artisans who established self governance for the trades), the authority…