Would you give up your car and instead subscribe to a car sharing service? I got this question a few months ago from a friend living in Paris. My initial reaction was no. I like the fact that my car is my own and that it is accessible where, and when, I want it. But then I listened to my friend’s hands-on experience with car sharing. Continue reading
Economists, strategists and visionaries are calling for capitalism to be redefined for the 21st century. They are demanding capitalism that creates fair societal ties; capitalism that no longer divides, exploits and creates economic disasters. The open-ended consumption model we have today is no longer sustainable. Fortunately, the change has already started; let me introduce to you two cases from this new, disruptive, better-business era. Continue reading
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Householders’ physical mailboxes still receive large volumes of mass-marketing material. However, as mobile and online marketing rapidly develops, the value of the paper pushed into the mailbox comes in to question. Continue reading
As the Networked Society continues to take shape, we see that mobility is becoming more and more an integral part of our future. The uptake of smartphones and tablets, as well as improved mobile network quality means that the internet is increasingly becoming part of our everyday lives, whether we are accessing it for business information, entertainment or social interaction. Continue reading
I’m at the Business Innovation Forum in São Paulo, Brazil. Brazil is a country in which the information and communication technology (ICT) industry is bringing about rapid changes, and everything from busses to schools have been connected to mobile broadband networks to improve citizens’ quality of life. And with the country set to host the Football World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, there will be even more opportunities to boost national infrastructure and cultivate Brazil’s global image.
Network performance is the most important criteria considered when purchasing broadband services. Coverage and capacity have traditionally been the main factors for measuring this performance, but now this is not enough. New requirements for Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE), premium data and video over mobile broadband are also becoming vital network design criteria. Continue reading
In recent years, big business has caused a number of social, environmental and economic problems. We have seen its effects on health-care systems, the environment, the mortgage crisis and so on. Profit maximization by companies has often been perceived as positive, but there is an increasing belief that this profit is made at the expense of society. Continue reading
In the current economic situation, where most of the advanced economies are struggling in one way or another, the popularity of creative destruction in the area of policy making seems to be fading away. Some would say that it never caught on in some parts of the world, while others would say that creative destruction as a concept is becoming politically toxic. So is that a good or a bad thing? I would rather say that the concept is evolving and, for this reason, becoming less divisive. It certainly comes with challenges, such as the risk of technological unemployment (John Maynard Keynes 1930) but it also brings with it a host of benefits, although not always immediate or automatic. Continue reading
It is the second day of SIME Stockholm and “disruptive” is the word of the day. Put simply: in a Networked Society where everybody has constant access to knowledge and a “like/dislike” button, entrepreneurs, investors, larger companies and HR departments need to embrace a new way of thinking. And eventually find new ways of being relevant and of doing business.