A holistic Approach to Business Strategy & Innovation, introduction

December 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Over the past 20 years, I have applied specific models to each stage of the stakeholder analysis in helping clients and institutions create business strategies that are turned specifically to theirs and the market’s stage of development.  These models provide essential insight required to apply subsequent models with a higher level of accuracy and validity.  On their own, each models has strengths and weaknesses.  Integrated into an information and analysis chain, weaknesses are eliminated and dependable insight is generated.  A discussion of each model, follows: Read more…

Categories: Economics, Innovation

Equilibrium economics in a cartoon…

December 16, 2012 Leave a comment
Categories: Economics

Collective Wisdom synopsis

January 8, 2012 Leave a comment

This is a synopsis of the report on Collective Wisdom, an innovation-research project carried out by Mark Abouzeid in collaboration with Carmen Ciciriello between 2003 and 2004.  It investigates the potential for identifying disruptive innovation as it develops at the microscopic level using human behaviour as a primary signal.

The report isolates five variables: 1) change in normal human behaviour as the leading indicator of disruptive innovation and new trends; 2) the internet and other forms of binary media provide a valid mirror for all human interaction; 3) the temporal nature of this media adds memory to the equation allowing us to track change over time; 4) disruptive innovation is born on the edge of chaos where seemingly casual relationships come together and reach critical inertia; 5) markets develop as complex adaptive systems with hubs or ‘strange attractors’ acting as viral agents. Read more…

e-Invoicing is a reality…and a source of great liquidity!

January 6, 2012 Leave a comment

e-Invoicing is e business reality

Within 2 years, electronic invoicing will have reached critical mass and become entrenched:  67% of survey respondents already receive e-invoices from suppliers; 35% of firms send e-invoices or expect to within the next 12 months.  By the end of 2010, all public administrations in Italy will require e-invoices from suppliers. Increasing trends towards supply chain integration and dynamic networks will drive adoption rates even further.

Whether the intention is to adopt immediately or within the next few years, companies need to accept that e-invoicing and e-payments will soon be a reality of the business ecosystem.  They should begin to analyse how it will impact their business and make initial changes to the financial supply chain preparing for the smoothest possible transition. Read more…

Case Study: TALC as applied to Content Management Systems Technology Adoption

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Content Management Systems were first developed as one off complex solutions for Newspaper and Magazine publishers.  A package (not dissimilar to e-procurement) of components pieced together to address the specific workflow needs of target customers, over time leading designs emerged: Vignette, Interwoven, Oracle and even IBM offered ‘packaged’ solutions still targeted at the limited market of Media Publishers with investment costs in the millions justified due to the complexity, personalization required and limited market size. Read more…

Technology adoption lifecycle revisited

November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Technology Adoption Lifecycle Analysis (TALC)

New technology presents risk for many customers. They react differently toward this risk based on their innate characteristics, the wants and needs of their companies, and the behaviour of other buyers. The Technology Adoption Life Cycle (TALC) models how different groups of customers adopt to discontinuous innovation at different times. This model helps policy makers and technology developers build the best strategy for each phase of a product’s life. Read more…

Towards a new economic model

November 22, 2011 Leave a comment

The year is 1986 and a young MBA student at Georgetown is listening to a Lecture on macro economics and market economies.  The noted professor has just finished explaining that excluding certain unquantifiable variables, the models attributed to Friedman Economics can predict market cycles and provide the insight necessary to adapt conditions to those favorable for growth and stability.

The student, innocently enough, poses the question: “Can’t we make any model work if we exclude the variables that don’t fit?  Moreover, social welfare, quality of life, community dynamics and happiness are not simple, optional variables to be discarded so easily.” The student is asked to leave the class, only to return when he learns respect. Read more…