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Agricultural technology commercialisation: stakeholders, business models, and abiotic stressors – part 2

Agricultural technology commercialisation: stakeholders, business models, and abiotic stressors – part 2 Stephen Suffian; Arianna De Reus; Curtis Eckard; Amy Copley; Khanjan Mehta International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Vol. 2, No. 6 (2013) pp. 561 – 577 Innovative agricultural technologies that bolster food value chains (FVCs) in developing countries can improve the livelihoods...

Social innovation in dynamic environments: organising technology for temporary advantage

Social innovation in dynamic environments: organising technology for temporary advantage Sandro Battisti International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Vol. 2, No. 6 (2013) pp. 504 – 524 A new challenge for public-private partnerships lies in gaining temporary advantage through social innovation, in order to operate within dynamic environments. This research explores social innovation...

eLA14 Working Opportunities for Students

Campus Life eLearning Africa is the largest and most comprehensive knowledge sharing event for technology-enhanced education and training on the African continent. It is a forum for everyone with an interest in education and training in Africa. It offers a unique opportunity to gain invaluable insights into the evolving world of ICT enhanced learning through an exceptional, diverse and thought-provoking...

Open data can drive partnerships with government

As governments and businesses — and increasingly, all of us who are Internet-connected — release data out in the open, we come closer to resolving the tiresomely famous and perplexing quote from Stewart Brand: “Information wants to be free. Information also wants to be expensive.” Open data brings home to us how much free information is available and how productive it is in its free state, but one subterranean...

Elements of Sustainable Business Models

The authors present the elements constituting an advantageous business model, and suggest how to achieve that competitive edge. They argue that traditional innovation processes with funnelling front-end, stage-gate with go/kill decisions, and similar processes have inherent limitations in such an inclusive concept. They propose an alternative approach, driven by strategic business options. A business model,...

Agroforestry systems can repair degraded watersheds

NAIROBI, Kenya. (27 March 2014) —-Agroforestry, combined with land and water management practices that increase agricultural productivity, can save watersheds from degradation. view full post » Tags: Soil and water assessment tool, africa, Agriculture, world agroforestry centre ...

African radio astronomy cooperation framework being developed

Ministers, Deputy Ministers and other representatives of South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia, participating in the First Ministerial Meeting of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) African Partner Countries, on Wednesday agreed that they would work to conclude and sign a Memorandum of Understanding, defining the spirit and scope of their cooperation, by June...

Telehealth: A Case Study in Disruptive Innovation.

Telehealth: A Case Study in Disruptive Innovation. view full post » Tags: Health_Medical_Pharma, nursing, EHealth, Telehealth, Information science ...

Bio-Innovate produces new and elite sweetpotato clones for smallholder famers to mitigate climate change

A team of scientists from Makerere University School of Agricultural Sciences working with Abeteraine Farmers Group in Hoima District, Uganda and funded by the Bio-Innovate Program under the potato, sweetpotato and cassava project – has successfully develop high yielding, drought tolerant and disease resistant sweet potato genotypes. view full post » Tags: Oxalis tuberosa, cassava, Disease resistance...

Project overcomes challenges to deliver mushroom and electricity from agro-industrial waste

After two years of crippling difficulties in implementing their project activities, Bio-Innovate’s project on biogas and mushroom production from coffee and sisal waste is optimistic of finally completing and commissioning its pilot facilities that demonstrate use of sisal and coffee waste to produce mushrooms, biogas/electricity and bio-fertilizer by April this year. Professor Amelia Kivaisi the project...

Exploring software, hardware, everywhere

Last week, Tim O’Reilly and I sat down in San Francisco and had a conversation about the collision of hardware and software. The fact that digital entrepreneurs see hardware as part of their available palette now is really interesting, as is the way many companies with traditional manufacturing roots are seeing digitization and software as key parts of their businesses in the near future. Software plus more...

Latest Research on R&D-Product Development Innovation

The Heraldonline website reported that the Goldense Group has announced the completion of its sixth primary research initiative on the strategies, processes, practices, and metrics used in North American R&D and Product Development Innovation. This study focused on R&D Operations, Organic Innovation, Open Innovation, Intellectual Property, and the Top 100 Productivity & Performance Metrics used by...

Mechanics of humanitarian supply chain agility and resilience and its empirical validation

The purpose of this paper is to establish the relationship between chain agility, supply chain resilience and humanitarian supply chain performance. In this paper, researchers have attempted to explain supply chain agility and supply chain resilience using oscillation physics theory and further attempted to test the theoretical concept empirically using psychometric tool. The researchers have collected data...

CO-OPERATION – THE MISSING VALUE OF BUSINESS EDUCATION

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What’s in there for me? Individual readiness to change and the perceived impact of organizational change

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Making Knowledge Actionable: Three Key Translation Moments

Leaders regularly experience pressure to move innovation and change initiatives through their organizations. They face the challenge of transforming organizational changes and innovations from ideas into sustained behavior. In this commentary, I argue that successful implementation requires leaders to engage in a translation process that contains three key translation “moments”. The challenges presented...

New Readiness Assessment Tool from EY to Improve Innovation Capabilities

How does the new Readiness Assessment Tool help to generate more and better innovation, as well as faster and cheaper innovations that bring revenues? Apply the assessment tool to your own company to create a common understanding of what holistic innovation management means, to structure, analyze, and measure the innovation potential of your firm, identify areas of improvement, and ultimately to design and implement...

Mind the Gap! 5 Tips on How to Align Your Boss’ Perception of Innovation Maturity with Reality

The Fourth Product Portfolio Management Benchmark Study identified challenges organizations face in speeding innovation to bring products to market. The biggest disconnect appears between middle management and executives as to where the organization is with their innovation maturity. Bridging this gap may be the most important thing you do to improve ROI. Go to Source Tags: Information technology management,...

On the origins of the worldwide surge in patenting: an industry perspective on the R&D-patent relationship

This article decomposes the R&D–patent relationship at the industry level to shed light on the sources of the worldwide surge in patent applications. The empirical analysis is based on a unique data set that includes five patent indicators computed for 18 industries in 19 countries covering the period from 1987 to 2005. The analysis shows that variations in patent applications reflect not only variations...

What Military Service Could Teach MBAs

In 1980, almost 60% of large, public companies in America were headed up by a male military veteran. By 2006, a mere 6.2% of these businesses had a CEO with military experience. view full post » Tags: Military education and training, Master of Business Administration ...

Do Service Guarantees Guarantee Greater Market Value?

Service guarantees are an important feature of many service offerings because consumers recognize greater risk associated with the purchase of services than with the purchase of goods. Despite substantial service guarantee research in the past two decades though, no extant study has examined the return on service guarantee investments. To fill this gap, the authors examine the effect of a service guarantee on...

Management Learning, Performance and Reward: Theory and Practice Revisited

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Corporate governance, value and performance of firms: new empirical results on convergence from a large international database

This article aims to revisit the link between corporate governance, value, and firm performance by focusing on convergence, understood as the way that non-US firms are adopting US best practice in terms of corporate governance, and the implications of this adoption. We examine theoretical questions related to conventional models (agency theory, transaction cost economics, and new property rights theory), which...

Forecasting aggregated wind power production of multiple wind farms using hybrid wavelet-PSO-NNs

SUMMARY This paper describes the problem of short-term wind power production forecasting based on meteorological information. Aggregated wind power forecasts are produced for multiple wind farms using a hybrid intelligent algorithm that uses a data filtering technique based on wavelet transform (WT) and a soft computing model (SCM) based on neural network (NN), which is optimized by using particle swarm optimization...