Category: Innovation

Science: Open, Inclusive, and at Best Without Borders

academic collaboration in science helen kellerScience is collaboration. Saying that scientists would stand on the shoulders of giants to see further is not a cliché. Science advanced because generations of scientists build on other generation’s knowledge and experience, thus leaping forward into the unknown. Acknowledging other peoples’ findings – maybe questioning the results – is one of the key ingredients of scientific enquiry. This may seem hard to believe at times when doubt and negation of scientific findings are flourishing – rather than acknowledgement. Yet, new research conducted by Microsoft Research reminds us of the fact that science prospers when scientists partner and work without borders.

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Disruptive Innovation: Das Dilemma der Stärkeren

Keynote am 7. November 2015 beim eBookCamp, Hamburg
Marcel Knöchelmann

Disruptive Innovation: Das Dilemma der Stärkeren

Das Thema Disruptive Innovation geht schon länger in der Buchbranche um, mindestens etwa seit es das eBookCamp gibt. Nicht zuletzt wohl, weil seit etwa fünf Jahren Vielen klar ist, dass Amazon einige Veränderungen anstößt. Und obwohl es schon so viel besprochen ist, ist es dennoch immer wieder interessant zu sehen, in welchem Kontext es gebraucht wird, das bspw. zur Disruption aufgerufen wird. Das wird sehr schwierig sein und die Aufgerufen ziemlich erfolglos zurücklassen. Und es war auch gar nicht Sinn der Theorie von 1997 zu erklären, wie man disruptiert, sondern viel mehr, warum Unternehmen scheitern, wenn ihr Markt disruptiert wird. Und die Quintessenz ist, es ist die Stärke von Unternehmen. Weil Unternehmen stark sind, schaffen sie nicht, die Disruption zu überstehen.

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Disruptive Innovation: The Dilemma of the Fittest

Keynote speech for the eBookCamp on 7th November 2015, Hamburg
By Marcel Knöchelmann

Disruptive Innovation: The Dilemma of the Fittest

The topic Disruptive Innovation is a long time around in the publishing industry. At least as long as the eBookCamp takes place. That may be due to the fact that for around five years many in the publishing industry realise that Amazon initiates some changes. Yet, although it is a well discussed topic, it is interesting in which context it often appears, or that people actively call for disruption. It won’t be an easy task, the attempt to disrupt something. And it wasn’t even the purpose of the theory of 1997 to deliver a How-to-disrupt-guide. On the contrary, the theory attempted to explain why companies fail when their markets get disrupted. The very essence is: it is their strength. The strength of a company hinders it to get through a disruption.

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