Conversations on the Search for a ‘Physics & Chemistry – an Alchemy’ of Innovation - Reward Systems.

Alexander, Mr James (2009) Conversations on the Search for a ‘Physics & Chemistry – an Alchemy’ of Innovation - Reward Systems. [Preprint]

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Bruno Latour in “How to evaluate innovation” develops a fairly simple well argumented procedure based upon the experimental sciences which may prove valuable to all. Latour suggests that the scientific method should be applied not only by scientists but even more so by major decision makers especially politician. Doing one's best and working for the better are some of the the questions discussed in this paper. Some of Latour's concepts are clarified by translation to simple graphical models. Models for failure MTBF-mean time between failure - are playfully, creatively transformed into models for success. In spite of the many serious issues discussed,this paper hopefully remains light-hearted in its style and approach.

Item Type:Preprint
Additional Information:Use of Humour in creativity, Aims to make light reading, Original short poems on science colour descriptions and concepts. This is the only full revised version complete with figures, images and posters. Previous versions have I believe a draft or preprint status.
Keywords:Scientific Method, Generalized Applications, Politics, Simple Models, KISS, Classical Innovation Model, Idealised Innovation Model, Project Management and Job Search Analogy, Bath-tube model (MTBF), Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF), Failure Model, Model for Success. Cognitive Management, Knowledge Management, Decision Analysis,
Subjects:Psychology > Applied Cognitive Psychology
Philosophy > Ethics
Philosophy > Philosophy of Science
Philosophy > Decision Theory
ID Code:6322
Deposited By:Alexander, Mr. James
Deposited On:21 Jan 2009 22:43
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:57

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1). De la Conversation, Theodore Zeldin, Translation en Français, E. Diacon, Ed. Fayard, Original Title in English-Conversation - How it can change peoples lives. Ed. Hidden Springs / Paulist Press.

2). “How to evaluate innovation / Comment Evaluer L’Innovation” by Bruno Latour, Amateur de Science, La Recherche, No 314, 1998.

3). “A Guide for the perplexed” E.F. Schumacher, Ed. Jonathan Cape 1977 reprinted Abacus 1978 and 1980.

4). “The Balanced Scorecard-Measure that Drive Performance” R.S. Kaplan, D. P. Norton

HBR. Jan-Feb. 1992.

5). HBR., “Business Classics – Fifteen Key Concepts for Managerial Success (1998).

6). The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey, Ed. Simon & Shuster NY. (1989) French Edition Les 7 Habitudes Ed.. Lavoisier -Tec & Doc First general (1996).

7). L’Incandescent, Michel Serres, Ed Le Pommier, (2003 in French).

8). Many good references to Deming (1900- Univ. Wyoming 1921-), his US and British contemporaries, and the battery of tools built up the by excellent Japanese pupils of the time and since. Shewart (1891-UCLA 1914 -), Juran (1904-Romainian emigrated USA –1914- ) .

The Japanese School- Ishikawa et al.

a) my lectures in Cross Cultural Management and Total Quality Control, The European University in Toulouse, (1992). Well researched using available local resources.

b) A good book in french, “La Qualité outils et methods” Patrick Lyonnet,

Ed. Lavoisier Tec & Doc (1997).

9). “VLSI Technology” Ed., S.M. Sze, (Bell Labs), McGraw-Hill Series in Electrical Engineering McGraw-Hill International (1983) In fact this is a book on materials science, materials processing (Si refining , crystal growth, wafer preparation, epitaxy, dielectric and polysilicon thin film deposition, oxidation, diffusion, ion implantation, lithography, dry etching, metallization, process simulation, VLSI process integration, diagnostic analysis and control techniques, assembly & packaging, yield and reliability) all technologies used for manufacturing and control of very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuits.

10). “Skyscrapers need strong legs,” Material Matters, by J.E. Harris, Materials World, Oct-Nov. 2002 .

11). References to Innovation in the Encyclopaedia Britannica Ed. 1985.

12). “L’ Eurosclerose est de retour,” Euro-Sclerosis is back by Erik Izraelewicz, Les Echos 10/07/2003. themes related to the present Conversations. Cf. footnotes 5.

13). “Patrons, cultivez votre jardin / Bosses should tend to their own back garden” by Xavier. Mesnard and Laurent Chevreux, A.T. Kearney, Les Echos 10/07/2003. themes related to the present Conversations cf. footnote 6.

14). The 5th Discipline The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization by Peter M. Senge – Systems approach

15. Sustainability –Durable Development are in 2009 almost house hold names historically Dr. Gro Brundland and today Brundtland Commission, formally the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED)


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