From the monthly archives:

May 2012

Quad Helix in practice in Tuttlingen

May 31, 2012

“The heart of the medical device industry … beats in Tuttlingen!” From Tuttlingen homepage The city of Tuttlingen is in the south west of Germany. It is a small city with only 35,000 citizens and it is built around the Honberg mountain where ruins of a fortress built in the Middle Ages still stands. Historically […]

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Quad Helix in practice in Grythyttan

May 30, 2012

Introduction In a previous post on this blog, Jörgen Eriksson and I introduced the Quad Helix model. It is a conceptual model which we have developed in Bearing to explain successful cooperation of government, academia, business and the civil sector for place management and place development, and also introducing the importance of “talents”. In our […]

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The marathon runner

May 26, 2012

Last week I met Douglas Wakiihuri for breakfast. He is a marathon runner who won his first world championship in Rome in 1987 at the age of 23. Thereafter followed a string of victories. Someone at the breakfast table asked him how fast he runs the Marathon now, 25 years later. Wakiihuri said he runs […]

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Lessons From a Great Company

May 23, 2012

1) Introduction When it comes to travelling,I prefer to do so at night. By taking airplanes in the evening or during the night I gain two benefits. The first one is that I get to see sunsets and then the the starry sky above the clouds, which I love to see. The second is, I […]

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Does your CEO want to make history?

May 21, 2012

This month I attended an online conference about innovation. It was organized by Pipeline on a virtual exhibition platform. I have to say that this was a great way to listen to various seminars, network and wander the exhibition hall at your own time and from the comfort of your office. One could participate through […]

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Kenya into the knowledge economy

May 18, 2012

In the past 48 hours I have got a glimpse of the reality of recent economic development in eastern Africa, and it is impressive. It has been some years since I was in Nairobi last time and what I found this time shows the power of rapid economic growth combined with a young populations ability […]

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Innovation driven local and regional growth

May 18, 2012

Innovation as driver for business development and growth is undisputable. Why shouldn’t it also be a fundamental key to development of societal prosperity? Of course it is! The mechanisms of innovation are as valid and adaptable to public sector development as it is to the private business life. Then, what does development by innovation mean? […]

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Compliance and Ethics in Investment Banking

May 17, 2012

Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) was an American industrialist, being the  founder of the iron and steel industry in the United States. He was also a philanthropist. At the age of 33, when he had an annual income of $50,000, Carnegie wrote himself a note, “Beyond this never earn, make no effort to increase fortune, but spend […]

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Innovation Navigator for Venture Capital firms

May 16, 2012

A week ago I went to a High School reunion, good fun meeting people I have not seen since last reunion. After the dinner I had a good discussion with a guy that had worked for a VC company for many years. We discussed DD processes and all the pitfalls investors might fall into, since […]

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In Lean transformation by Mike Thelen

May 14, 2012

Each month, one of our guest authors will write about a topic related to companies and organizations around the world from a Lean philosophy perspective. These guest lecturers come from different parts of the planet and they all have extensive international experience. With a vast know-how in terms of change management, these specialists have all […]

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Five design Elements for Successful Development of Science Parks

May 12, 2012

At the moment, May 2012, there are 388 science parks in the world. Almost all of them have been established during the recent 30 years. Clearly, science parks are an important component in the development of the knowledge economy and thereby sustainable economic growth. Based on our general experience from many innovation system projects we […]

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Congratulations, Jan Snygg!

May 10, 2012

Congratulations to Jan Snygg at Bearing Consulting, who was awarded “Member of the Year – North” by Founders Alliance at last night award ceremony in Umeå, Sweden. All of us at Bearing are very proud to have two of our colleagues as “Founders Alliance Member of the Year”: Magnus Penker for the East region and […]

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Unique seminars about how to attract the best talents

May 9, 2012

The hunt for talent is today a harsh reality for most executives, which have been one of the topics covered in previous blog posts. To work strategically with Talent Management – to attract, retain and develop, has become imperative to be in the forefront of your competitors. It is all about getting the right people […]

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The new Cathedrals

May 8, 2012

In ancient past, it was under the baobab tree, around the fireplace, or by the warmest room in the cave. In Athens it was the agora, the main square. In the days of ancient Rome it was the Forum or the baths. During the dark ages it was the markets, guilds and bazaars. In medieval […]

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Trading Post Kurdistan

May 8, 2012

Development in Iraq is going on everywhere and in the north the pace is the highest. Kurdistan is a place of dreams and dreams come true for many people. In these circumstances opportunities and development projects come and go quickly on a daily basis and the secondary market for projects is very much alive and […]

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Creative Personalities and Innovation

May 1, 2012

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even […]

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