Archive for April, 2008

April 25th, 2008 - 5:07 pm § in Gen, Philosophy

The situation trap

Clayton M. Christensen calls is disruption. Abernathy and Clark calls it radical innovation. But, at the end of the day industries and companies find themselves in a situation trap. How can organziations reshape alternate models while the existing ones are successful? We are all trapped in a terribl[...]

April 22nd, 2008 - 2:30 am § in Access, Info

Platform operating models and platform-as-a-service options

The morphing of platform models and service models has resulted in a movement now focusing on platform-as-a-service. Platform operating models can be used in a number of ways that include: – Platform can be used to serve your internal business needs (common business processes internally hosted[...]

April 19th, 2008 - 3:33 pm § in Customer

The relationship between the participative customer and economic customer

The role of the customer has evolved where the act of co-production plays a more dominant role than in the previous era. This has been a slow journey that went through evolutionary cycles of change. It will be impossible to describe this journey in simple terms where you define a simple set of rules[...]

April 18th, 2008 - 4:28 pm § in Philosophy

Energy and Focus

If you’re in your own business, working in a corporate, or generally working on initiatives to make a difference – some key elements of a philosophy need to be considered. Sumantra Ghoshal wrote a paper some years back about “Energy and Focus” as the key drivers of management[...]

April 15th, 2008 - 11:38 pm § in Ecogenetic, Explore

The Zimbabwe Effect and other perceptive influencers

I’ve been planning a trip to Zimbabwe (for Gordon Institute of Business Science or GIBS) for the last two months. Well, there wasn’t much planning involved other than the many discussions before the trip actually happened. For those that are not informed about Zimbabwe; it is a country l[...]

April 12th, 2008 - 4:30 pm § in Economies, Reframe

Cycles of convergence and divergence

There are cycles of convergence and divergence in the computer, consumer electronics, media and other industries that are confusing the general understanding of “convergence”. Convergence is seen as the act of adding more and more features to a particular class of product to the point wh[...]

April 9th, 2008 - 4:25 pm § in Economies, Gen

Case of Standard Bank: social media news on the go

Standard Bank has created a social news platform for their Pro20 series. It has the works; video, photos and the ability to make comments. Check this comment: “By including an innovative social media strategy in this year’s Standard Bank Pro20 marketing campaign we believe we’ll re[...]

April 8th, 2008 - 10:14 am § in Access

Some ramblings (not rumblings) about protection and freedom

Would the free culture movement change the intellectual property landscape? Are we killing creativity by over-protecting our creations, by not allowing people to alter, enhance and use our creative works? Are we creating an overly complex maize of interrelated, and incomprehensible laws, business sy[...]

April 7th, 2008 - 1:21 pm § in Ecogenetic, Info

Intellectual property protection of marketplace platforms

Intellectual property protection (through patents) is always under scrutiny, and especially software patents. I started looking into “marketplace patents” recently and found a very confused and scattered landscape. Most of the patent applications are from 2001/2002 and some as recent as [...]

April 6th, 2008 - 12:01 pm § in Gen, Info

Innovation journalism driving epistasis

I’ve been following the Innovation Journalism community since 2004; the reason – David Nordfors makes a compelling point that many of the innovations today are not popularized through journalism because of the lack of innovation, but journalism on the other hand is going through radical [...]

April 5th, 2008 - 9:15 am § in Reframe

Reframing, reconfiguration and the road to co-production

Richard Normann wrote a landmark book in the 90’s called Reframing Business. It had a profound impact on my thinking about business and on others like C.K. Prahalad that seems to be an avid follower of his philosophies. Much of his work is based on social sciences where the power of the indivi[...]

April 3rd, 2008 - 11:16 pm § in Eco, Gen

A case for NOT using military metaphors in business

We are in an era where the social being has an opportunity to reason about its existence and importance from a different vantage point- importance of the individual and it’s friends. Using military metaphors and the definition of what a “hero” is, are confusing us into believing th[...]