10, 20, 30, 40, 50 or More!
The advent of 5 G so soon after 4 G—Humm. What’s next? How many G’s are there?[i]
In 1965, Gordon Moore put forth the construct that the density of transistors in integrated circuits doubled each year.[ii] The so-called Moore’s Law has governed technology growth ever since. However; over 50 years later, some argue that we may be far up that power curve. One conjectures if the latter statement is correct.
In 1899, Charles H. Duell then the Commissioner of US patent is purported to have said, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” Mr. Duell died in 1920 so he missed many of the ‘new’ things we now take for granted.
Marketers tend to categorize in buckets; Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials and so forth. Do any of these labels matter? Probably not. The same is true for technology tags as well.
Life, technology, knowledge et al marches on, just like it has throughout human history. Will we see the advent of 50 G networks? Most likely; with 100 G hot on its heels!
Less we forget, the current version of the cell phone (iPhone and its equivalents) was first released in 2007. Much has changed in the last 13 years and we can expect that arc to continue with disruptive new mobile technology crashing in at some point.
Most think of an ‘agile enterprise’ as information technology driven. In this writer’s opinion, this is a narrow perspective. The word ‘agility’ is defined in terms of power and thinking.[iii] In other words, the ability to make good decisions with the capacity to implement them.
In this hyper-technology environment, it is not the adoption of a particular rendition, but the capability to incorporate the appropriate new in an economic manner. This is true whether the organization is an ‘early adopter’ or even a ‘laggard.’[iv]
For decades, organizational strategy has been enabled by technology. There is no reason to change that model with many G’s to follow!
How Does Your Organization Ingest New Technologies?
Enjoy this flash back to the 1960’s.
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Critical Mass: Value from the RBC Framework
Nuclear physicists define the term, “critical mass” as the amount of fissile material whereby a nuclear reaction is self-sustaining. From that original definition, the construct is further developed along societal and political terms as a function of the environment and number of adopters and their interdependencies that create enough of a consensus for individual actions that sustains an undertaking.
In 1996, the author published the first of several case studies on a societal interaction model based on the Relationships, Behavior and Conditions (RBC) construct among economic actors. Previously the model was only in the domain of academia.
This blog addresses contemporary issues from the RBC perspective and whether in the present state they are sustainable or not. Many readers may be familiar with the “Innovation Adoption Curve.” RBC seeks to enlighten the causality of behaviors that cause movement towards the critical mass that generates movement along this diffusion curve.
- The Tyranny of the Blank Sheet of Paper July 28, 2020
- Home for a While? July 24, 2020
- Technology Assessment in the Era of Minimum Viable Product (MVP) June 30, 2020
- Next or Back to the Future? June 16, 2020
- Agility, Resiliency, Sustainability May 14, 2020
Other Blogs by Dr. Shemwell
Dr. Shemwell is an author/contributor for the following 3rd party blogs.
So, You Want to be an Entrepreneur
Dr. Shemwell is a member of the Global Energy Mentors (GEM) Leadership Team. Every month he or one of his colleagues is posting timely tips to help entrepreneurs navigate the energy start up sector. Check out the Landing Page.
Governing Energy Blog
BTOES Insights is the content portal for Business Transformation & Operational Excellence opinions, reports & news. Dr. Shemwell is a contributor.
Consult 2050 connects organizations with a wide range of consultants all around the world. The firm operates an online marketplace for consultancy services.
Essays on Business and Information
This two volume set covers a series of newsletters and opinion pieces published circa 2002-2009, including Bug Lore–Lessons for the Online Economy that addressed real time systems vulnerabilities from Y2K (1998-99).
About the Author
Dr. Scott M. Shemwell has over 30 years technical and executive management experience primarily in the energy sector. He is the author of six books and has written extensively about the field of operations. Shemwell is the Managing Director of The Rapid Response Institute, a firm that focuses on providing its customers with solutions enabling Operational Excellence and regulatory compliance management. He has studied cultural interactions for more than 30 years—his dissertation; Cross Cultural Negotiations Between Japanese and American Businessmen: A Systems Analysis (Exploratory Study) is an early peer reviewed manuscript addressing the systemic structure of societal relationships.