Outsourcing Progress

29. October 2009

Date: 29-10-2009 Source: Businessworld

If you thought outsourcing would take a hit from the financial crisis, think again. While certain sectors have seen double digit declines, other end markets are growing. What the final tally for the year might be is unknown, but the results thus far are somewhat counter-intuitive. Outsourcing’s resilience in the face of such financial and political strain – lawmakers across the globe have often required firms to hire or source materials domestically – has implications for globalization. For one, it suggests that globalization as a trend remains in place despite fluctuations. Second, given that many firms plan to expand their outsourcing footprint, one would conclude that the trend should continue. Indeed, that many small and mid-sized companies seek sources of innovation offshore, suggests the trend has considerable strength. Read the rest of this entry »

Socialnomics: Social Media Revolution

29. October 2009

siehe den ausgezeichenten YouTube Beitrag auf dem Blog “Digital Government 2.0” der Donau-Uni, Zentrum e-government.

Factoid of the Day: Revenge of the Non-Specialist

29. October 2009

danpinkfrom Daniel Pink’s Weblog:

Yesterday afternoon, I was reading Jerry de Jaager and Jim Ericson’s smart new book, See New Now, and came across this stunner:

“A study of the top fifty game-changing innovations over a hundred-year period showed that nearly 80 percent of those innovations were sparked by someone whose primary expertise was outside the field in which the innovation breakthrough took place.”

Five Boo-boos

29. October 2009

aus Tom Peters’ Weblog:  

  1. Jobs are not coming back. People are hurting!!!! “Some people” (me!) cheered the return of the DJ average to 10,000 last week. Yup, we’re pulling out of the recession! Try telling that to the 15 million out of work in the U.S. And those still working are scoring but 33 hours per week—the least in 60 years. In a horrifying (careful word choice) article by gazillionaire Mort Zuckerman in yesterday’s Financial Times (“The Free Market Is Not Up to the Job of Creating Work“), Mr. Z adds a raft of other appalling facts about the astonishing mismatch between areas where job growth might take place and the skillsets of the recently booted. Message: The recession is a long way from “waning” for a bloody lot of people! Keep your cheering to yourself! (You may have to keep it to yourself for, say, the next 10 years.)  Read the rest of this entry »

Die 50 wichtigsten Business Thinkers

23. October 2009

CKPNa ja, mit 70% der Namen bin ich einverstanden. Ohne Zweifel hat sich C.K. Prahahlad die #1 Position verdient! Siehe das Ranking.

Forwarding Is the New Networking

15. October 2009
Mittwoch, 30. September 2009, 16:57:51 | Tom Davenport

Michael Schrage recently wrote a post on this site about the importance of forwarding information as a way to enhance network relationships. He’s right about this, although the title — “The Disadvantage of Twitter and Facebook” — is misleading (and inaccurate, since people retweet things all the time — but sadly, editors know that anything with Facebook and Twitter in the title gets a lot of page views and retweets). Forwarding is the new networking. The fact that you can’t do it easily on Facebook is about as relevant as the inability to do it over the telephone or the Dictaphone.

OK, it’s not really the new networking, since it’s been going on for more than a decade now. Smart networkers saw early on that forwarded email content was a way to nurture network relationships.

In 2005, Rob Cross, Sue Cantrell, and I found evidence of it in some research we did on knowledge workers in four companies. The highest performers in those companies (as identified by their performance ratings) were disproportionately good networkers. They had more people in their networks, were more likely to be sought out by others, and were more likely to exchange valued information with their network members — all compared to average performance workers. They consciously cultivated their networks — and not by handing out business cards at “networking events” or by issuing LinkedIn invitations. They offered information and other items of value to their networks.

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Silicon Valley Insights – Social Objects and Activity Streams

13. October 2009

On our study trip through Silicon Valley I discovered the work of Jyri Engeström about nodal points and social objects and of

#SiliconValley2009: Top 10 Elements of Technology Entrepreneurship for High-Growth Innovation

6. October 2009

We were able to participate on a great lecture on “New Ventures – From Idea to Enterprise” by Prof. Tom Byers, Stanford University.

From a “Helicopter View” participants learn about the life cycle of entrepreneurship. How to find an idea an opportunity? How to find the right team? Where to find investors and how to convince them about your business plan. What kind of funds are best for your new business? What are the major challenges for young entrepreneurs and what their biggest mistakes? Why should one think of how to get out of the new business before even starting it? These questions will make participants aware of very crucial aspects which might decide on failure or success. This lecture will provide a fundamental attitude towards the look at numerous examples of enterprises presented during the whole study week.


Read his Top 10 Elements of Technology Entrepreneurship. We also highly recommend to check out Stanford Entrepreneurship Corner and watch several video clips or listen to a podcast.


#SiliconValley2009: Swissnext

6. October 2009

FUNKENSPRUNG Silicon Valley discovery tour 2009 – day 1: the future of diplomacy (as the Swiss Consulate titled this venture) is located in San Francisco and serves as a business/ innovation hub for swiss companies and US. companies. Actually it reminded me of what the ONE Smart Spaces back in 2003/ 2004 could have reached to (besides not be located in San Fran.) It calls itself not an “business incubator” (they are not breeding) but more as an accelerator and “connecting the dots”. They offer open and closed events, they foster a well selected network of entrepreneurs, companies and VCs. For Swiss start ups they offer temporary offices and business services.

So what about Austria?


#SiliconValley2009: 12 Features of an Advanced High Tech Entrepreneurial Habitat

6. October 2009

We were honored to meet Prof. William Miller, Stanford University, on our FUNKENSPRUNG Silicon Valley Discovery Tour this morning.


Prof. Miller who has been a pioneer in the Valley from its early days on gave a fantastic lecture about History and Development of Silicon Valley.

To understand what makes Silicon Valley such an exceptional place for innovation and entrepreneurship by learning about the history and development of the Silicon Valley and the habitat for innovation and entrepreneurship. Who were the major players, individuals and institutions.? What was the role of universities, governments, and private industry? Why has Silicon Valley been able to keep reinventing itself? Could it have happened at any other place in the USA or in the world? Answers to this and many more questions will be discussed and first hand background will be provided by one of these pioneers.