Perfect pick: pursuing or applying innovation without the right information or in the wrong direction is next to useless

Getting marketing right is crucial for any company. Pursuing or applying innovation without the right information or, worse, in the wrong direction is(...)

Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Co: “I know whatever I predict will be wrong because this world is changing so quickly.” Photograph: Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images

“History is more or less bunk. It is tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker’s(...)

Mobile phones will come to dominate and overwhelm other industries and precipitate a lot of very visible disruptions in how the world operates on the way. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

It need hardly be said that mobile computing has been the biggest advance in technology since the appearance of the personal computer in the 1980s, bu(...)

151 from Mohammad Hafeez helped Pakistan set England a target of 284 to win the third Test match in Sharjah and level the series at 1-1. Photograph: Reuters

England will enter the final day of the third Test with little hope now of winning the match and squaring the series. Asked to make 284 to win in a mi(...)

Going with the flow – as important in the boardroom as on a surfboard. Photograph: EPA

With whole sectors decimated by new business models in the past decade and a raft of new ones under threat in this one, disruptive innovation has m(...)

The England team arrive at Twickenham for their match against Wales in the RBS Six Nations in March last year. Photograph: David Rogers/RFU/via Getty Images

Up from Richmond, along the river Thames and into Twickenham village, the George Cross flags and Rugby World Cup banners remind visiting fans of wh(...)

In the red corner: the latter-day apostles of the church of Ned Ludd who denounce cyberculture as a vampiric organism that has sucked the lifeblood ou(...)

Every time you use the  automatic checkout machine at the supermarket, you are essentially getting a flavour of how the future is going to look in a whole variety of industries. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A few weeks ago, a tragic accident occurred at a Volkswagen factory in Baunatal, Germany. A 21-year-old contractor was installing a robot when its arm(...)

Ford’s Le Mans challenger makes most F1 cars look effete.

A good friend of mine made an interesting comment this morning. I’ve asked my wife for some free time this weekend to sit down and watch the Le Mans 2(...)

An undated image of the Ford factory in Cork. In 1984, the company announced 800 of its 1,000 employees would lose their jobs.

The announcement of the closure of the Ford factory in Cork in January 1984 with the loss of 800 jobs took taoiseach Garret FitzGerald by surprise, ac(...)