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Innovation Management

The Bearing Wave in Kenya

April 6, 2016

This blog, The Bearing Wave has been around since 2009 and has reached a sizeable regular readership. Every day, several hundred people navigate to The Bearing Wave to read from the about 900 articles on the site. About half the readers come through Google and other search engines. About half from links on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, […]

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An Uber Innovation Experience in Egypt

March 6, 2016

Taxi in Egypt This week I have been working in Egypt. Taxi drivers here are notoriously know for ripping off customers, which I thoroughly experienced during my first  days of my stay, when I took three taxi rides in Cairo. On the first ride, the taxi driver said he knew the destination. Then he set […]

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Economic Assessment of Al Alamein New City in Egypt

March 3, 2016

Earlier today, on the grounds of employing the principles, strategies, tools developed in UN-Habitat’s Strategic Plan 2014 -2019, the Achieving Sustainable Urban Development project (ASUD) – one of UN-HABITAT Egypt’s projects- run a joint meeting between UN-Habitat staff supported by UN-Habitat Urban Economy and Finance Branch, the Egyptian national counterpart General Organization for Physical Planning […]

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The Babel fish is Becoming Reality

January 31, 2016

In Douglas Adams iconic science fiction saga from the 1970s, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, one of the alien species is the Babel fish. To quote the book, “The Babel fish is small, yellow, leech-like, and probably the oddest thing in the universe. It feeds on brain wave energy, absorbing all unconscious frequencies and […]

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World Economic Forum 2016 and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

January 24, 2016

The World Economic Forum this year, seems to have been very much about the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We have written about this already here on the Bearing Wave, although we would like to highlight this page which is a menu  of the WEF´s excellent articles on the topic, and the brief video below, which puts […]

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The Rise of the Robots in the Financial Industry

January 15, 2016

In financial markets, automated trading has been around for many years. Software such as the ORC Liquidator allows automated trading engines for derivatives. Trading firms and banks rely on ORC Liquidator and similar software to automate a wide variety of sophisticated trading strategies on trading venues globally. Algorithmic trading is designed to react extremely quickly […]

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Disruptive Innovation in the Payment Industry

January 9, 2016

Over recent years the financial sector has confronted a dramatic increase in innovation in technology, services, and platforms and to some degree in organisational structure. The need to innovate is broadly-based and not just a financial sector challenge. Typically in financial services, as in most other sectors in todays world of increasing hyper competition, there is […]

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From the Chariots of Ben Hur to Automatic-Driving Cars

December 23, 2015

One of the classic Christmas holiday movies is Ben Hur (1960). I remember I watched it with my father around Christmas-time one year in the 1970s. The movie is an historical epic drama which  portrays a wealthy Palestinian Jewish merchant who clashes with the Romans at the time of Christ. Ben Hur´s actions sends him […]

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Bridge to be 3D-printed in Amsterdam

December 9, 2015

The first time I saw a 3D-printer in action was at the science park in Lodz, Poland. The printer was a testbed for the science park, acquired to attract an eco-system of startup´s who would innovate using the technology. Earlier this year, it was reported in the news that a construction firm in Shanghai has […]

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BCG – 50 Most Innovative Companies 2015

December 2, 2015

The Boston Consulting Group released its 10th annual listing of the world’s 50 Most Innovative Companies this morning. The list is based on a survey of 1,500 C-suite executives, who were asked to rank companies across industries and within their own industry. It also gives weight to total returns to shareholders over five years. The […]

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Debate on Future Innovation

October 29, 2015

At the World Economic Forum in Abu Dhabi this month, there was a panel discussion on the state of innovation, not surprisingly highlighting the role of big data. Innovation is happening at light speed but what does the progress in areas like robotics, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, nanotechnology and genome editing mean? The speakers were: Victoria […]

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The New Approach for How to Make a Place Innovative

October 21, 2015

To drive the development of an innovation ecosystem, four different sectors must be linked together: government, business, civil society and academia. This is what we call the Quad Helix and they need to be engaged in collaboration forums and projects and together drive development. Also within and between the academic and business sectors, the innovation […]

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Innovative Sustainable Re-development – Masdar City

September 25, 2015

This blog article is about Masdar City, a new city project in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The dual core of this project is innovation and sustainability. The goal is to extend the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation throughout the new city, by growing new neighbourhoods around the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. The institute is […]

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The new Global Competition for Corporate Profits

September 15, 2015

The world’s largest multinational corporations have been riding a three-decade wave of profit growth, market expansion, and declining costs. Yet this unprecedented run may be coming to an end. A new McKinsey Global Institute report, Playing to win: The new global competition for corporate profits, projects that the global corporate-profit pool, which currently stands at […]

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Recent Trends of Innovation in Advertising

September 13, 2015

Encourage innovation. Change is our lifeblood, stagnation our death knell. – David Ogilvy The advertisement industry is innovating at a breakneck pace. They must do so to survive. Their clients demand innovation as they go through a pace of change combined with a pressure to redefine, which is having significant impact on all business industries. […]

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The Innovator who Rebuilt Lego

September 5, 2015

“In some ways, I think he’s a better model for innovation than Steve Jobs” – David Robertson, Professor of Innovation and Product Development at the Wharton School and an author of “Brick by Brick” about Lego. One of the most popular articles here on the Bearing Wave is The Lego Innovation Story, about how the […]

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Christensen, Asimov and the Impact of Disruptive Innovation

August 30, 2015

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” – Isaac Asimov, “Isaac Asimov’s Book of Science and Nature Questions”, 1988 The Storage Dilemma The picture to the right shows a 5 MB hard drive being shipped out by IBM in 1956. Five megabyte. My first work […]

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Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – An Overview

August 28, 2015

Dear readers, a few months ago we have started a series of articles about multimodal transport and railway systems with a post about King´s Cross station in London. Since then we have published seven more articles, and today we finish the series with this summary overview. The articles in the series are dedicated to analysing  […]

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Official video recordings from Future of Places III

August 14, 2015

The full set of video recordings from the Future of Places III Conference in Stockholm 29th June to 1 July are now available on YouTube. Below is an index with links to the videos. We have published some of the speeches here on this blog while the conference was on-going. However the recordings below are […]

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Dealing with Disruption–The Next Ten Years

August 6, 2015

The World Economic Forum have published a new report on innovation, titled Dealing with Disruption. Unlike previous reports, this is not a downloadable PDF, but instead an interactive website available here. It is worth reading though, even in this not-so-user-friendly format. Disruptive innovation is a critical driver of progress. When we look at the past […]

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