Johan Schlasberg 
Johan Schlasberg

Innovator, researcher and writer. Long experience from both large and small companies, and the public sector. I have a great interest in how innovations, IT, and the Internet transform companies, their business models, organisations, and society. Read more about me.

My PhD thesis only exists in the form of a website (I code HTML) - 'Ecosystems for encyclopedias, research communication and PhD theses'. It has met with a lot of resistance at the Department of Business Administration at the School of Economics (LUSEM) at Lund University. The issue is my ambition to get the site accepted as a thesis and not print a required book and PDF. I will now most likely have to switch to another university! with a higher degree of digital litteracy.

Digital transformation and simplicity

Lucio Fontana

Digital transformation is a strategic issue which makes it linked to the business model and changing. One of my contributions in this area may be to argue for simplicity. Overly complicated business models and IT systems are an expensive burden. Smart simplifications are profitable in several dimensions.

10.000 more nurses and doctors without cost

Public care, schools, and many other areas suffer from too extensive documentation requirements and over-complicated digitisation. For example, we could probably get several thousand doctors and nurses at no additional cost if the groups 'screen time' "was reduced by 20%.

Simplicity has many skilled and eloquent opponents. It is not easy to find the right simplicity. It takes creativity, analysis and some courage.

Learning from others

It is often useful to learn from others, but What and from Whom? In research, there are principles and methods for this, but in the organisational world, it is common with various "gurus" and concepts that trend in and out and offer shortcuts to success. But what fits and is feasible in your organization?

Since everyone these days is short of time, it may be an idea for an individual and an organisation to have an "Inspiration Map" with resources of various kind to broaden their knowledge.

Speed of change and mental maps

The Economist-China

The faster everything changes, the more critical it is to have a well thought out and updated strategy. What do your assumptions about reality and business look like?

What do the mental maps look like for your services, products, and business model? How could Nokia's and Ericsson's cell phones go so quickly from success to nowhere?


Innovations, success and welfare


Sweden's innovation policy is dominated by what I call the "Seed model". This means that welfare mainly is created by the growth of small seed companies - often in industrial parks such as Ideon in Lund. But this is a long and challenging journey, and the seed model needs to be supplemented and reinforced with a 'Transformation model'. The most important thing is to find good ideas wherever in the world they are to be found and implement them in a company's or organisations own situation. Transformation provides more welfare than the Seed model. The combined ability of companies and organisations to manage transformation and change is the basis for both their success and the future of social welfare. Exports provide welfare, but also imports of new ideas and skills.

All organisations have a relatively unique innovation style. Does your organisation have the innovation style you need? Introduction to the pages about innovations.