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How effective is being efficient? – Of Value, Creativity and Innovation

As you can see below MindNode is a tool that makes mind mapping easy. The guys from IdeasOnCanvas write that “Mind Maps are a visual representation of your ideas, starting with a central thought and growing from there.” And our thoughts did indeed grow. When we started we wanted to deconstruct efficiency and soon enough found two promising clues which we would investigate further. This was the aspect of value in the first place and secondly a link to creativity.

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amitai etzioni productivity research

Amitai Etzioni – Dimensions of Productivity Research

“Research on the effect of human factors on productivity is a much neglected field. While productivity is the new buzzword, making a rapid journey from the backwaters of economic jargon into the mainstream political rhetoric, there are very few hard, established facts on its causes. Jerome M. Rosow, of the Work in America Institute, refers to it as “the productivity puzzle”. Science reports that “everybody talks about the lag in the growth of productivity, but nobody seems to know enough to do enough about it.” Hence, this presentation focuses on working hypotheses, not on a synthesis of findings. The following hypotheses seem fruitful:

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Morgen Witzel A short history of efficiency

Morgen Witzel – A Short History of Efficiency

“Efficiency is generally considered to be one of the great management virtues. From scientific management to business process re-engineering, there has been a sustained concentration on efficiency as a core business value, with a strongly assumed link between efficiency on the one hand and productivity and profitability on the other. The theory is a simple one: efficient businesses survive while inefficient ones go to the wall.

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The New Technological Revolution Carlotta Perez (Image via people.ru )

Carlota Perez – The New Technological Revolution

“Today and tomorrow we will be exploring the frontiers of technology. We are all eager to identify the next big thing or the next technological revolution. That seems to be the modern version of El Dorado! The truth is that technology has been so impressive lately that we have all become convinced that it’s disruptive innovation that brings growth and success. Well, it does… and yet, it doesn’t!

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