Winning the Hardware Software Game book Winning the Hardware-Software Game

Using Game Theory to Optimize the Pace of New Technology Adoption

Innovators of new technology systems requiring users to combine both hardware and software components often face delays in adoption of their new systems.  Users will not buy the hardware until enough software or content is available, while at the same time software providers will not provide content until enough users have adopted the new system.  This book examines the dynamics of this adoption process and provides methods for optimizing the pace of adoption of new technology systems.     Read more...

"If we accept that Knowledge is a human faculty, the purpose for Knowledge Management concerns how the organization best can nurture, leverage and motivate people to improve and share their Capacity to Act. KM becomes a strategic issue for the whole organization. "

 

-- Karl-Erik Sveiby

“The value many of these firms receive from their IC . . . is the result of a well-reasoned, well-planned, and well-executed set of management initiatives. These firms design these initiatives to ensure that specific forms of value deemed important to their business strategy are routinely extracted from the firm's intellectual capital. . . The set of roles any one company selects for its intellectual capital depends largely on the kind of firm it is, its vision for itself, and the strategy it has chosen.”

-- Suzanne Harrison & Patrick H. Sullivan Sr.

Why is network anatomy so important to characterize? Because structure always affects function.

– Steven H. Strogatz

Networks that seek commercial success must develop and maintain the ability not only to change in the face of highly competitive environments, they must also be able to adapt in ways that influence that environment.

– Robert Rycroft

“Everyday inventors don’t let themselves be limited like the rest of us do. They open their minds to the possibilities.”

– Rini Paiva, US National Inventors Hall of Fame

Yet the secret of evolution is the continual emergence of complexity. Simplicity brings a spareness, a grit; it cuts the fat. Yet complexity makes organisms like us possible in the first place.

– W. Brian Arthur

Natural selection may explain the survival of the fittest, but it can not explain the arrival of the fittest.

– Hugo De Vries

Manage IC to increase your company's value.
Intellectual Capital

Ultimately, the purpose of undertaking an IC management program is to increase the value of your company. If your IC program is not leading to greater company profits and/or value, then you must reassess your strategies and actions and modify the program so that it will lead to higher company value.

Understand what your customers value.
The product/service you sell to your customers is best considered as a bundle of characteristics, including price, quality, terms of purchase, terms of use, etc. Of course, different customers may value different attributes. However, to maximize the value of your product, you must understand which attributes your customers value most. This enables you to optimize your product offerings so as to emphasize those characteristics that your customers actually value, as opposed to those characteristics that you think they (should) value.
Understand your company's value chain.Value Chain
A value chain is the process by which a company creates value by converting inputs into outputs. To understand your company's value chain, that is, how your company creates value, you must (1) track the relationships among the various inputs and outcomes, by (2) linking primary inputs to intermediate inputs, (3) linking intermediate inputs to final outputs, and (4) ultimately, link final outputs to financial performance.
Understand the context of information.
For information to be meaningful, it must be presented and understood within its proper context. Information will have context when it is compared with its counterparts over time in this and other companies. Information will also have context when it is presented together with information on other factors that impact upon the information at issue, and how those other factors have changed over time.
Track actionable information.
Expending scarce resources to collect information over which the company has no control and/or to which the company cannot respond might be marginally valuable. However, collecting such information will not help the company manage its IC nearly as much as will collecting information over which the company does exert control and/or to which the company can optimize its response.