From the monthly archives:

July 2012

Some reflections from Harry´s Bar in Venice

July 24, 2012

I visited Venice in March 2011. The visit was while we in Bearing were working on the Place Management book, masterly authored by Christer Asplund and edited by Jacob Ikkala, and during the visit my thoughts were occupied with feedback on the important topics of the manuscript. I included some of the thoughts in this blog […]

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Hyper Competition and the Speed of Change

July 23, 2012

Yesterday, in the weekend issue Friday – Sunday July 22-22, 2012, Wall Street Journal published a two page article about the decline and fall of Nokia. The title was “Nokia loses Mobile Lead Amid Bad Call on Phones”, with the sub title “Corporate Culture Lavished Funds on R&D but Squandered Chances to Bring Innovations to […]

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Musa Capital annual CEO conference

July 21, 2012

On July 17, I participated as a speaker at the Musa Capital annual CEO conference, which was held at Park Hyatt Hotel Rosebank in Johannesburg, South Africa. Musa Capital Advisors is a boutique merchant banking firm, with expertise and transaction experience in private equity investing, structured finance and investment banking advisory services. In the private […]

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Time to Scrap Eastern Europe

July 18, 2012

The concept Eastern Europe has become outdated, as The Economist shows in the well made brief video below. Is it time to scrap Eastern Europe?

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Clayton M. Christensen on Disruptive Innovation

July 12, 2012

Disruptive innovation, a term of art coined by Clayton Christensen, describes a process by which a product or service takes root initially in simple applications at the bottom of a market and then relentlessly moves up market, eventually displacing established competitors. – See more at: http://www.claytonchristensen.com/key-concepts/#sthash.GjRHug10.dpuf Disruptive innovation, a term of art coined by Clayton […]

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22@Barcelona – Quad Helix by the Mediterranean

July 10, 2012

This blog post is about how the city of Barcelona during the recent decade has developed into one of the most vibrant and energetic innovation environments in the knowledge economy, and about the people who made it happen. What is the city but the people? – William Shakespeare, Coriolanus Barcelona, mythical city by the sea […]

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Global Innovation Index 2012

July 7, 2012

On 5 July 2012, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO, a specialized UN agency) released the annual update to the Global Innovation Index. For the second consecutive year, Switzerland, Sweden, and Singapore lead in overall innovation performance. The report ranks 141 countries/economies on the basis of their innovation capabilities and results. It benefits […]

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The fuzzy logic of HR

July 7, 2012

I recently had a conversation with a colleague of mine; a well renowned professor in architecture and city development, about the best practice approach to building new offices. Work environment designers are more often than not designing the space from an outside in perspective rather than inside out – basing the design on current trends […]

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Something New Above the Noise of the City

July 6, 2012

In Bearing we have recently together with Thomas Vale Construction, Duncan Berntsen of Berntsen Consulting and Greenwich University and Robert Edwards of Acivico Ltd participated in designing a building on the concepts of innovation and science park without walls. It is the iCentrum building, a high profile  extension to the Birmingham Science Park Aston in […]

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The Trichet understanding

July 6, 2012

Today in the Financial Times there is a very interesting interview with Jean-Claude Trichet, the former President of the European Central Bank. In the interview Jean-Claude Trichet recalls his eight years running the ECB and explains his own understanding of the current crises. According to Trichet, we are currently in the third episode of the […]

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The Transformation of Innovation

July 2, 2012

I’m giving presentations of some of our core concepts of the Elastic Enterprise around Europe at the moment – see the sidebar for details. Here is the PPT, which I have uploaded to slideshare. Please comment or query. I’d be delighted to answer.

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