From the monthly archives:

February 2013

Why large multinationals can´t innovate

February 28, 2013

On Sunday this week, there was an interesting article on the Opinion pages in New York Times, about why the private sector is stagnating and getting increasingly less prone to succeed with breakthrough innovations. The article was written by the 2006 Nobel prize winner in Economics, Professor Edmund S. Phelps and is titled “Less Innovation, […]

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Great Planning Disasters

February 22, 2013

Adventure is just bad planning – Roald Amundsen In most of Europe, today is a cold mid winter day, which is a perfect setting for staying indoors and engaging in some tranquil reflection and thought. In this blog post, we examine the nature of public planning disasters, taking off with a recent example from Berlin´s […]

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Innovative Corporate Culture From a Future Oriented Perspective

February 19, 2013

Yesterday, I gave a lecture at the University of Monaco on Corporate Culture and how to build an Innovative Corporate Culture. Quite clearly Innovation and Culture are two words that have as many meanings as there are people in this world. It is difficult to grasp the inherent something in the company. Also, in what […]

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Lemon Festival in Menton

February 17, 2013

Picture this; You enter a park. It is crowded. You struggle to see what it is that attracts all these people. Then, walking through a portal, it comes straight at you! It is an old steam train with carriages and passengers, racing through the landscape. The sound is there too. The steam engine noise, the […]

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The Man in the White Suit and Disruptive Innovation

February 15, 2013

Mrs. Watson, Sidney’s landlady: Why can’t you scientists leave things alone? What about my bit of washing when there’s no washing to do? The Man in the White Suit During the 1950s, Ealing Studios in England produced a string of brilliant satirical movies, often with Alec Guinness as the leading actor. The string of movies […]

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Kalmar – # 1 in e-commerce

February 12, 2013

The goal is set. The County of Kalmar is aiming to be number one in e-commerce in Sweden. Stating that, the work has begun. In the end of 2011, the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) published a territorial review of Småland-Blekinge in which the message was clear: “Technology-intensive industries and knowledge-based enterprises were underrepresented in the counties. […]

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The Performance Equation

February 10, 2013

A few months ago, I met a friend who I had not seen for a long time. As you know, such meetings are often an opportunity to remember the good moments that we shared in the past, what we succeeded with, failures, and also to chat about our respective personal and professional current situations and […]

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The Lego Innovation Story

February 8, 2013

This blog post is about Lego, the popular toy and the company making it. It is about how the company overstretched in the 1990s. How it was challenged by competition and how it survived and returned to success. I used to love Lego. When I was a kid, I had a large blue wooden box […]

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Timbuktu: Old Legend, new Challenges

February 7, 2013

  Old legend The Malian desert city of Timbuktu is definitely real, but its legendary place image has developed in such a way that many people still doubt the city’s existence. In fact, the name itself has become synonymous with isolation, mystery, and unimaginable distance. Timbuktu has intrigued Westerners for centuries, ever since the city […]

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Battle of the Athletes – The Rise of Sports Medicine

February 5, 2013

Pinning down Floyd Mayweather (boxing), Tiger Woods (golf), James LeBron (basketball), Roger Federer (tennis) or David Beckham (football) to a surgeons table means business. It is not surprising that these top athletes sometimes require specialised medical care, and that they will go to great lengths to get the best treatment available. For a top athlete […]

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Slowing Growth and The Worlds Most Anticipated Aircraft

February 1, 2013

The airplane stays up because it doesn’t have the time to fall. – Attributed to Orville Wright (1871 – 1948), U.S. aviator explaining the principles of powered flight. This blog post is about technical innovation, its limits and what it means when it gets increasingly more difficult to bring out innovation, when technology becomes more […]

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