Creating innovation

03 Feb 2017 11:28 AM | John Heap (Administrator)

The world needs to improve productivity - if we are to raise living standards, feed the world and avoid water and fuel shortages. Yet, governments seem unable to do this - productivity has been at best sluggish over the last 10 years.


Some governments - rightly - see a link between innovation and productivity - but then they go too far in thinking that increased R&D spending will improve innovation.


innovation is not invention - innovation is more concerned with identifying new uses for today's (and even yesterday's) technologies.


So ,yes, we need to improve innovation .

But no, R&D spending is not the way to do it.


I am not advocating spending less on R&D - invention is also important - but we need to look more at how we create the conditions in which people think differently - education, training, induction, empowerment - some of these are government responsibilities, others are for you in the private sector to work on.


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