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How can innovation enhance our senses?
How can innovation enhance our senses?

Can innovation enhance our senses? How can we enrich our dull lives? Because, actually, we do need our lives enriching – innovation may be able to help us add further context and allow us to increase the value of perceptions of the world around us. Our senses are actually pretty limited.

But, how can innovation help us fill some perceptual gaps? The image of the chicken is no joke! The suggestion is that innovation can add context to the lives of chickens, making them in effect feel virtually “free range” – innovation that enhances the lives of battery chickens!  Life as a battery chicken cannot be pleasant, but is this actually ethical?

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Why does a SME need business model innovation?
Why does a SME need business model innovation?

I have been thinking about how SMEs need business model innovation.

There is a lot to consider as a SME. Many SMEs are just 1 or a handful of people. How do they innovate?

With increasing competition, how do they start to consider implementing something that might change, and disrupt, everything about their way of working? Even larger organisations struggle to innovate, so it must be harder for SMEs. Currently, I don’t know the answer, but it is something I am trying to work out!

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How can disruptive technology protect culture? // #proximity #pokémon
How can disruptive technology protect culture?  // #proximity #pokémon

What are the challenges of preserving historic sites and attracting visitors? How could disruptive technology protect culture?

My niece has been teaching my little boy to catch Pokémon. In school they have all been talking about it, and he has been desperate to have a try.

But today we have been walking around a UNESCO world heritage site and everywhere there are people ignoring the architecture of the Vauban fortress. Instead they are busy trying to find Pokémon and catch them all!

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Who are the early adopters of innovation? // Innate innovativeness
Who are the early adopters of innovation? // Innate innovativeness

Do you know what innate innovativeness is? Does innovation acceptance depend on the innovation itself, early adopters or those that reject it? Academic opinion suggests all these things are important (Arts et al. 2011; Holak 1988; Rogers 2010).

But are these actually the only factors? How about compatibility, relative advantage and complexity? These undoubtedly influence adoption (Tornatzky & Klein 1982). Also some people are definitely born innovators! People have innate innovativeness (Im et al. 2003). How many adopters also have in-depth product knowledge (Hirschman 1980)? Even more will have some level of product involvement (Foxall 1996). Surely these people will accept innovations earlier than others. I believe I am one of these!

But it seems that much of the research into disruptive innovation does not define the differences between early adopters. What is it about innovative consumers and early adopters that make them drive successful innovations?

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Who are the early adopters of disruptive innovation?
Who are the early adopters of disruptive innovation? //  Rogers’ Innovation Adoption Curve (Rogers 2010)

What sort of  organisations and people are early adopters of disruptive innovation? Why do they chose to be early adopters and not just fast-followers?

In my personal life I have always been quick to adopt new technologies. On a professional level I have been lucky enough to work with organisations that see being innovative as crucial.

But what are the qualities and differences between organisations that chose to be early adopters?

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What can you do with a drone and a GoPro? #PUPRU
What can you do with a drone and a GoPro? #PUPRU

As part of my Pop-Up Research Unit (#PUPRU) project we have just purchased a drone! Have you ever thought about how much fun you could have with a drone and a GoPro in the park behind the university building?

More importantly what would you do with a drone if you had one? How could you use it in your business? Today we had fun, but really #PUPRU has a purpose. It looks at emerging and disruptive technologies and asks how they could be used in technology strategies of organisations!

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Beacons and marketing #ibeacon
Beacons and marketing #ibeacon

I have to admit I like both beacons and marketing! The potential of a disruptive technology led approach to marketing appeals to me.

Have you considered how beacons are being used in marketing? How do you feel about them or are you even aware of beacons? How are beacons becoming a disruptive technology in marketing?

We are now seeing major players testing the potential of Beacons in their marketing and technology strategies.

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How does disruptive innovation happen?
How does disruptive innovation happen? John Cousins and his 3D Printed Kidney

How does innovation happen? Have you thought about how disruptive technology is changing the processes of innovation? Theory has always considered organisations as at the source of disruptive innovation.

Is this right? How do you think the end user is taking back control of innovation and disrupting their real lives? John Cousins, for example, was able to help his surgeons plan how to treat him by providing them with a 3D-printed model of the kidney. His model comes complete with the kidney stone in the middle.

Recently I have met some fascinating people. I have suddenly been introduced to a world of users that innovate and disrupt. They are saying #wearenotwaiting anymore and they challenge the idea that disruptive innovation happens within organisations.

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