Why HBR does not understand innovation

Surprisingly, there are still people who confuse correlation with causality. Even more surprising is that these people appear to be able to publish on HBR in this (paid?) post. Overall it seem that they are seeking to push software solution for management of R&D projects within large corporations. That tool, as far as I understand … Continue reading Why HBR does not understand innovation

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Investing in concrete or intelligence

This fall, the Swiss transport authority (Bundesamt für Verkehr -BAV) announced the plans to invest heavily in railway infrastructure until 2035. Over 200 Projects and 11.5 bn CHF will be invested in tunnels, concrete and steel across the country. Last Sunday, an NZZ article (in German) has allowed  an alternative view on the intended infrastructure … Continue reading Investing in concrete or intelligence

Why rolling stock consolidation plans are flawed and should be abolished

Last week, it became clear that not only Bombardier and Siemens but also Alstom and Siemens appear to be in merger discussions. This is why I would like to point out a bit the rationale behind these two proposals and explain why I think their plan is flawed. Reasons for consolidation First of all, it is … Continue reading Why rolling stock consolidation plans are flawed and should be abolished

The effects of natural disasters on urban sprawl

Since all stakeholders seek the utmost flexibility when planning a town, it is not surprising that government regulations are perceived as blockage for innovation and development. However, the recent - and ongoing - events in Texas demonstrate once more the value of forward looking government regulations to limit loss of life, economic and environmental exposure. … Continue reading The effects of natural disasters on urban sprawl

The Mechanics of Surveys and Consultants’ recommendations

A topic that I seem to come across more recently are strategy and management consulting firms creating great surveys and reports about the transport (or any other industry). These reports, often including fancy graphics and pointing out towards a generic recommendation offer great layout, great haptics and a wonderful simplified view of the world. In … Continue reading The Mechanics of Surveys and Consultants’ recommendations