Innovation, Design Thinking and Smart Industry.

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Some days ago, I had the fortune of being invited to listen to the Swedish Minister of Innovation, Mr. Mikael Damberg, and it was there where I came up to a very interesting conclusion about the Smart Intelligence, or, as he called it: The Strategy for a New Industrialization.

Let us check the formal explanation of this word game:

If we talk about “Smart” we are not referring to the topics that involves the Smart Cities; which have the following characteristics and that can be applied to organizations so as to create Smart Cultures.

1.    Intelligent Public Services: an online computerized network of public services.

2.    Open Data and APP´s development in service of the citizens.

3.    Technological, collaborative growth; incorporation to the TICs, which is the main part.

4.    The protection and security of the citizens.

5.    Smart Cities have a strategic planning in all of their sources: income, outcome, governmental budget, etc.

6.    Social infrastructure that fits their requirements.

7.    An efficient public transportation network that diminishes the energetical consumption and a provision of special roads for bicycles are almost ready to be accomplished.

What about the term: Cyber (industry) in the future?

The term “Industrie 4.0” was revived in 2011 at the Hannover Fair In October 2012 the Working Group on Industry 4.0 presented a set of Industry 4.0 implementation recommendations to the German federal government. The Industry 4.0 workgroup members are recognized as the founding fathers and driving force behind Industry 4.0.

This term is defined in Wikipedia as:

Industrie 4.0 creates what has been called a “smart factory”. Within the modular structured smart factories, cyber-physical systems monitor physical processes, create a virtual copy of the physical world and make decentralized decisions. Over the Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems communicate and cooperate with each other and with humans in real time. Therefore, we are dealing here with a New Industrial Revolution or the 4th industrial Revolution.

Let us check the concept of INNOVATION. The Smart Industry is strongly based on the understanding of its final user or client, and it is capable of changing a factory into a flexible and personalized mode to reach the previous goal. Therefore, we are not only talking about the Innovation centered on the users, their needs and convenient factors of the consumers, but also about considering the providers and intermediaries, who are interlinked among them, as well as the productive process, incomes, development, and the creation of better or new products, so that these could be modified according to the needs. These allow the production to be adapted and personalized. These could even set the schedule for delivering in certain markets. And, at the same time, to handle a massive production, maintaining the client´s satisfaction.

Innovation is intrinsic to the process and it appears in all kind of sceneries; generating a virtuous, systematic, thinking circle which is known as “Out of the Box”. It is not only a process per se, but the Smart Industry requires efficient collaborative systems (as the ones mentioned about the Smart Cities); which generate learnings as “learning by doing”. This requires an open-minded to stablish new way to do and solve things and problems. It also requires a great developed skill for listening, it ought to be prepared to destroy its processes over and over again so as to have a direct communication and the real needs´ satisfaction. With the Smart Industry we require “The Gig Rethink”.

Sweden Case

Smart Industry is a strategic initiative launched by the Sweden Government to reinforce Sweden capacity to change and increase its competitiveness in a changing landscape for factoring and production. (Smart Cities) The emerging Industrial Era, pushed by data, promises to open wide opportunities for Innovation.

The strategy is emphasizing four focusing main areas:

Industrie 4.0: The Sweden enterprises in the industrial sector will be leaders in a digital transformation and in the operation of the digitalization potential.

Sustainable production: A better efficiency in the use of the resources, environmental considerations and a sustainable production will contribute to the creation of value, job opportunities and the industrial sector competitivity.

Industrial skills boost: This is the best system to satisfy the industrial sector´s needs and to promote its development into a long-term period.

Test bed Sweden: Sweden will lead the investigation in areas which contribute to strengthen the industrial productions of services and goods.

Are we going to be able to create Smart Organizations?


Carolina Salazar

Design Thinking Institute.

Global Master Trainer & Disruptive Innovator. Tel. 55 5808 16 14 /

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