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 Amplification of Networks

Over the period of the last ten to fifteen years a number of significant changes have taken place that have affected the dynamics of knowledge production and consumption. To begin to understand the compound effects of these changes, the question we…

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…

Scalable Learning and Innovative Architectures

The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage. Arie de Geus One of Deloitte’s internal research facilities (Centre for the Edge) recently published an interesting report on the changing nature of institutional innovation….

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…

Making Sense of Innovation

Over the last two or three years the concept of innovation, and the desire to innovate, has become a metaphorical reference point for a wide range of different activities and practices. This emerging expectation has progressively manifested itself in many…