Technology Foresight in the ICT Sector – Exploration of New Business Opportunities

2nd ISPIM Innovation Symposium: New York City, USA

11 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2009 Last revised: 11 Dec 2011

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Nico Thom

Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin); Schaltzeit GmbH

René Rohrbeck

EDHEC Business School

Date Written: December 6, 2009

Abstract

Rapid changes in technology and growing competition in consumer as well as business customer markets are forcing industry to explore new ways to foster innovation. This is also true in times of economic crises, where innovation can lead to the competitive advantage needed for success and survival. Making the right decisions is crucial and has to be supported by means of identifying developments and trends in an organizations’ environment early. These developments can be both, opportunities or threats and demand sufficient time for developing appropriate action.

Deutsche Telekom Laboratories have introduced a tool of technology foresight – the Technology Radar. This paper describes the methodology of the tool, which uses networks of experts for the identification of discontinuous technological change. Based on insights from the Technology Radar energy-related developments have been identified and will be presented as an example for new business opportunities for telecommunication providers through technological change.

Keywords: innovation management, technology foresight, telecommunication, energy, Green IT

JEL Classification: E17, M1, M19

Suggested Citation

Thom, Nico and Rohrbeck, René, Technology Foresight in the ICT Sector – Exploration of New Business Opportunities (December 6, 2009). 2nd ISPIM Innovation Symposium: New York City, USA. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1522883

Nico Thom

Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) ( email )

Straße des 17
Berlin, 10587
Germany

Schaltzeit GmbH ( email )

Sorauer Str. 3
Berlin, 10997
Germany

René Rohrbeck (Contact Author)

EDHEC Business School ( email )

France

HOME PAGE: http://edhec.edu

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