Let’s not benchmark

Benchmarking is comparing one’s business processes and performance metrics to industry bests and best practices from other companies (Wikipedia) The goal is to measure how well one is doing compared to the industry’s best, to discover why they are the best, and to copy. But in here lies the problem. When you copy a competitors…

How to Create and Sustain your Startup: Wisdom from Team Science

Successful collaboration are not the result of random encounters. They are not. Encounters that appear like coincidences are in reality the workings of social network mechanisms. I don’t mean social networks as in social networks sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter), but as in the connection between individuals, connections that existed well before network sites visualized these connections…

How to incubate successfully inside companies

1871, the business incubator in Chicago, ranks first business incubators in the US, up from 9th place last year. A tremendous achievement. Business incubators offer startups more than a place to grow, they give them the network and tools to grow. 1817 is especially good at this, excelling in value for Chicago, value for its clients,…

Building and Maintaining Information Highways

As our jobs are getting increasingly specialized, the importance of information exchange is increasing. Collaboration is important and will become even more important. Tasks require the expertise of several people, and the final product can only be exceptionally great, if all team members who worked on the task collaborated. Collaboration requires information exchange. Information exchange is about asking…

The Future of Universities

Universities are bastion of knowledge, a place where experts transmit their wisdom to novices, a place where individuals can pursue their freedom and spent hours thinking about society’s problems and inventing solutions after years of research. Or at least so I thought when I was young. I went ahead and decided to do a Ph.D. At that time, I was…

The Wicked Problem in Higher Education: Conclusion

In the first two posts on this series about the wicked problem in higher education (introduction, stakeholder perspective) I have tried to paint the picture. Let’s recap: A wicked problem is a step up from an ill-structured problem, as the solution is not easily determined. Depending on how the problem is defined, the possible pool of solutions…