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Roberto Saracco

Roberto Saracco fell in love with technology and its implications long time ago. His background is in math and computer science. Until April 2017 he led the EIT Digital Italian Node and then was head of the Industrial Doctoral School of EIT Digital up to September 2018. Previously, up to December 2011 he was the Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, looking at the interplay of technology evolution, economics and society. At the turn of the century he led a World Bank-Infodev project to stimulate entrepreneurship in Latin America. He is a senior member of IEEE where he leads the Industry Advisory Board within the Future Directions Committee and co-chairs the Digital Reality Initiative. He teaches a Master course on Technology Forecasting and Market impact at the University of Trento. He has published over 100 papers in journals and magazines and 14 books.

The Saga of Research vs Innovation – VIII

8. Clocking innovation The go-to-market decision is typical of innovation. An innovator, a company, carefully decides when it is the right time to hit the market. This depends on several factors, like when the announcement can have the best media coverage, what competitors are doing and are likely to do, …

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The Saga of Research vs Innovation – VII

7. The concept of release In the previous post I noticed that innovation displaces players in the marketplace. Since the amount of money available is finite the decision from a customer (at the end of the value chain or in the value chain) to spend part of the money on …

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I’ve got two moms, one dad!

I remember the days when it was said that the mother is always certain, the father not. Even in those days, though, the fact that for any offspring there are exactly one mother and one father was never disputed. In the last decade researchers trying to tackle a number of …

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The saga of Research vs Innovation – VI

6. Value Chain I would like to finish this series of posts on Research vs Innovation by looking at how they hit the marketplace. In the case of research we have seen that the end product is knowledge, that may be protected by a patent. This result is standing alone, …

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The Saga of Research vs Innovation – V

5. Innovation Pills According to a study of Harvard Business School one of the reasons why Silicon Valley is so successful is the number of start up companies that are acquired by bigger companies. This has a two fold effect: it brings an innovation pill inside the big company and it provides the …

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Reliance Point

Everybody agrees (well, most agree) that leveraging the huge data that are and are becoming available, is to everybody benefits. But leveraging those data means getting hold of a variety of data sources and potentially acquiring insights that may affect the right to privacy of people and enterprises. There are …

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The Saga of Research vs Innovation – IV

4. The "implicit knowledge" As I observed in the second post of this Saga producing innovation most likely requires "implicit knowledge" something that it is not available off the shelf but has to be learned through experience. This applies to individuals as well as companies. It is not a case …

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The Saga of Research vs Innovation – III

3. Getting the lay of the land Innovation, as opposed to research that may produce knowledge that can have no relation with what is already available, happens in the market. As such it has to interact with what is in the market to become an Innovation (e.g. to have success …

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The Saga of Research vs Innovation – II

2. There is so much knowledge to be harvested, and it matters! When doing research you are focussing more and more in producing accurate knowledge about something very specific. On the contrary when producing innovation you need to "grab" a considerable amount of diversified knowledge. Hence, no matter how outstanding the …

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