Across Disciplines and Specialties
Thanks to augustdiva over at the always-insightful Cultural Canaries groupblog for generously pointing out this remark by Irving Wladawsky-Berger, an IBM VP, in a post titled Anticipating the Future by Looking at the Past.
In 2004, IBM conducted a worldwide study on innovation, the Global Innovation Outlook, and one of the key findings on the changing nature of innovation in the 21st century is that it requires wider collaboration across disciplines and specialties. In fact, we concluded, among other things, that “combinations of technologies, expertise, business models and policies will now drive innovation.”
A look at [Carlota] Perez‘s CV reveals what a rich and varied professional career she has had in academia, government and business. Her areas of expertise are far-ranging. Perhaps it takes such an interdisciplinary scholar with so many different work experiences to be able to shed light on the very complex and uncertain times we live in, and thus help us anticipate the future, and be ready with the right strategies.