Technology

More Management Equals Less Output

How can firms manage with so many bosses? Societies have never been good at moving from one big tech-induced change to another. The industrial revolution wrought havoc on populations. Production lines were thought to dehumanise people, and modern agriculture is still vilified, instead of being celebrated. And people now worry that technology will drive us towards some singularity where people are no longer required.

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"Me too" is Not Innovation

This holiday season Amazon introduced its tablet, the Kindle Fire. It was seen as a major move for Amazon, a possible threat to Netflix and an attractively priced alternative to the iPad. The media gushed. Jeff Bezos did his best Steve Jobs impression. It won’t mean a thing. A year from now, the iPad will still rule the tablet world.

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What Entrepreneur Ever Got a Degree in Entrepreneurship?

For some time now I've been convinced that education will go the same way as the music industry. The similarities are profound. They both charge more and more for a product of reducing quality by a means that's out of touch with modern needs. A few weeks ago I was at an education event and was introduced to a professor of entrepreneurship. During our conversation it turned out that she had never bought any company shares, had never invested in a startup, and had never worked for any kind of company. It struck me that it was a bit like having the Pope teach a course on sex, reproduction and parenting. What possible value could this professor possibly add, what insights and wisdoms?

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Mobile Economy Project Launches December 8

On December 8, the Center for Technology Innovation at The Brookings Institution will launch a new mobile economy project, which will examine and document the impact of the mobile revolution on the economies of developed and developing countries, with a forum exploring how mobile technology can ease the everyday lives of Americans.

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3 Lessons in Disruptive Innovation to Learn Today

Disruptive innovations have a knack for penetrating or outright creating new markets where none previously existed. The inventions behind a disruptive innovation sell. They are the ultimate proof point of utility because they literally disrupt the status quo in some vertical or space often providing a consumer with a new experience or service they didn't even realize they wanted.

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