Research Questions

Where we brainstorm the broad collection of items to consider...

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Research Question Four - Critical Challenges

What do you see as the critical challenges related to innovation and development that small to medium businesses will face during the next 5 years?

NOTE: We are most interested in challenges that will impact practices in marketing, collaboration, customer service, and productivity.

  • As we enter the digital age, a new system of ethics is called for. Schools have the opportunity to play a key role in the development of new citizenship for physical and virtual communities. Schools should engage in a discussion about identity, privacy, ownership, credibility, and reputation that engages teachers, administrators, parents, and students as a first step down this road. [...from the 2009 Horizon Report K12 Edition Short List]- Larry Larry Jul 1, 2009 A discussion of ethics in the digital age can be found here in this UNESCO publication: - KeeneH KeeneH Jul 11, 2009
  • Boundaries are disappearing between work, play and general living. Technology is dropping the physical boundaries and also enabling always on 24/7 connections. See - KeeneH KeeneH Jul 11, 2009
  • California's geography presents problems to collaboration; areas and cities are isolated and have no known paths and way to connect and collaborate; Freeways connect people from point to point but what's in between is unknown and not see. - laurieb laurieb Jul 12, 2009laurie burruss
  • California's image is changing in ways we may not like. California's image as a creative state is hugely important. With a track record of success in the traditional entertainment industry (the movies and the music industry) and now a track record of success in the development of new companies that have global impact (Adobe, Apple, Google, Electronic Arts), the Golden State has the excitement of being able to create something out of nothing. The image of creating companies in the garage is a strong driver. People who play with information, play with the new, very powerful consumer and prosumer tools, are inventing new business models, products and services. is an example of a business model, product and service that did not exist before.- CynthiaScott CynthiaScott Jul 9, 2009 For example: # Transportation/Communication center of the world - can California maintain that position? # California as leader in Design - Product, Industrial, Clothing, Architecture, etc; # Diversity of demongraphics - The BLENDED ECONOMY - laurieb laurieb Jul 12, 2009laurie burruss
  • California students are not being educated in a culture of innovation and creativity. They're not prepared for many of the careers that are being created. - Milnes Milnes Jul 3, 2009 Science Magazine has an interesting short video about education, gaming and teaching students science but it can be applied to a larger digital media literacy effort. Talks about testing, funding and grants. - KeeneH KeeneH Jul 12, 2009
  • Cross-functional team management is not the norm and it needs to be - how does a company implement? does it take longer? Why is it good for a company? - laurieb laurieb Jul 12, 2009laurie burruss
  • The current economic situation may hinder innovation; innovation is a little risky, and many businesses cannot tolerate much risk in this economy. - ninmah ninmah Jul 1, 2009 Related to this, it might a good chance for smaller companies to innovate so they are better situated when things improve. Management Today has a piece on this - KeeneH KeeneH Jul 12, 2009
  • The failure of copyright and patent law to be relevant to the new world created by the Internet, and the failure of business to find new successful business models for maintaining the value of IP in this world threaten the success of the creative industries in California - amichaelberman amichaelberman Jul 13, 2009
  • Fear of litigation and potential legal issues regarding the abuse of technology is creating a plethora of what-if legal scenarios that are stifling the potential and the creativity in open source systems. The perceived risk becomes a barrier to implementation and restricts the degree of innovation. The end result is that technology reduplicates the status quo in a different digital configuration but fails to create a revolution in the manner in which people learn and experience information. Young workers just entering the workforce may encounter companies that are reluctant to embrace full web access: - KeeneH KeeneH Jul 12, 2009
  • The gap is widening between the haves of access to broadband and the have nots Need for a minimum national benchmark of connectivity. Difficult for teachers and trainers to adopt innovative practices that incorporate technology if access is limited and low level. Also difficult for them to develop the skills needed to then use with students. Article discussing have and have nots in developing world but can also apply to depressed developed country communities - KeeneH KeeneH Jul 11, 2009 Princeton HashCache technology offers promise of broadband speeds at very economical prices (PDF link) - KeeneH KeeneH Jul 11, 2009
  • The new technology often blurs the boundaries between the owner and the user of the content, shifting control and power. This is especially true in the music, motion picture, and publishing industries - alan alan Jul 1, 2009
  • Outsourcing is reducing opportunities for programmers here. Many technology companies in California are outsourcing much of their technical work overseas. This is true in the support services, but it is becoming increasingly true in the technological innovation area as well. With more and more programming jobs going overseas, students here are having less and less motivation to enter this field. - NoahD NoahD Jul 7, 2009
  • The overwhelming rate of change affects everything. Everything (how to use a cell phone; how to program the dvr; how to use online software apps) takes time to research and learn. It seems to be hard for people to know what to focus on, where to jump in, and what to just let go by. - CynthiaScott CynthiaScott Jul 9, 2009 NYTImes discusses this as it relates to social web tech: - KeeneH KeeneH Jul 11, 2009
  • The price drive to free brings new challenges. “In the digital realm you can try to keep Free at bay with laws and locks, but eventually the force of economic gravity will win." I understand there is some hot debate about this right now, but if Chris Anderson is correct then a big force for stifling innovation will be for the innovator, inventor, and small business owner to understand how to monetize free, or lose to the competitor that does. - jeffmonday jeffmonday Jul 9, 2009 Chris Anderson's blog The Long Tail is a good resource for continued updates about the free approach - KeeneH KeeneH Jul 11, 2009
  • Remote Teams takes work out of California even though it is driven by companies in California; Who is getting the money? Where is the money going - in or out of the state?- laurieb laurieb Jul 12, 2009laurie burruss
  • The risk that budget crisis will cripple higher education in California is a persistent challenge - from community college to CSU to UC, all are facing massive funding cuts that will reverberate for years and challenge the ability of these institutions to educate the next generation of technology leadership and workforce in the state. - amichaelberman amichaelberman Jul 13, 2009
  • Small companies are not embracing technologies that could give them a real competitive advantage It is much easier for a small to medium sized business to adopt and implement new technologies than it is for a large corporation yet some small businesses still haven’t embraced technologies that could give them a real competitive advantage. It’s interesting to me that a lot of the technologies being discussed here are being adopted faster by individuals and large corporations then by small to medium sized businesses.- rherrera rherrera Jul 8, 2009 This is true, small companies aren't tied to in-house commitments and can take advantage of automated software services like and jeffmonday jeffmonday Jul 9, 2009
  • The rise of the user/consumer as a producer creates new challenges: Technologies facilitate active involvement of users/consumers on the design and development of new contents and products. This might have practical implications, for instance companies could start thinking on shared authorship strategies. - Iolanda Iolanda Jul 12, 2009 The news world has been quick to jump on this, allowing users to become field producers so the network can have a wider breadth of content. CNN's iReport is a good example - KeeneH KeeneH Jul 12, 2009 I think this is huge area. It's all about control. Companies relinquishing control to include the user and/or client to let the company grow and how the client/user is the new MARKETEER. - laurieb laurieb Jul 12, 2009laurie burruss
  • There is a growing need for formal instruction in key new skills, including information literacy, visual literacy, and technological literacy. The skills involved in writing and research have changed from those required even a few years ago. Students need to be technologically adept, to be able to collaborate with peers all over the world, to understand basic content and media design, and to understand the relationship between apparent function and underlying code in the applications they use daily. Questions of assessment and support of new literacies across the curriculum continue to surface. [...from the 2009 Horizon Report Short List]- Larry Larry Jul 1, 2009 Australia released a series of reports (as PDFs) about e-learning and need to education digitally literate students. - KeeneH KeeneH Jul 12, 2009
  • There is not enough money for support & professional development - It's frustrating that we continue to see a lot of money spent on infrastructure but a continued fight to gain adequate funds to ensure it is used well and that users have good levels of support for uptake
  • We need to think and act green: Companies should look for ways of meeting their needs and business interests in a sustainable manner, without damaging resources, creating and using products that can be fully reclaimed or re-used, reducing waste and pollution by changing patterns of production and consumption, developing and using alternative technologies to those proved to be damaging for the environment and health, etc.Green technologies - Iolanda Iolanda Jul 12, 2009

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