SME Disruptive Innovations

‘SME Disruptive Innovations’ is the third issue in this sub-theme of P5GO. The ongoing 4th Industrial Revolution cause changes to Small Enterprises as well as Large and dominant ones - of both the public and the non-public sectors. Large enterprises fire masses of employees when automating the IR3 productions and services by IR4 means. In contrast, SMEs hire to make innovations that the unfit enterprises cannot, or will not. Still, there are uneven rivalries in the markets, especially because some Parliamentary powers are too corrupted and have become too dysfunctional. State aids and legal protection for SMEs are mishandled and do suffocate the helpless and maturing SMEs. In this relation, a particular focus is set on the Dexit too. The Dexit is an important and unique example of how any ‘Western’ nation should not do in order to resist organized international crime and to prevent dysfunctionality and chain-reactions of CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder). Therefore, for the arguments sake, this blog provides some rather profound references to some theoretical arguments, after an introduction and before some concluding remarks.

What are SME? First of all, most firms start up as micro business. Some are even started by ambitious unemployed, post-graduates and drop-out students. There are several famous examples of that during the IR3, where some ‘IT nerds’ disrupted some dominant enterprises by simply introducing the innovative products and services into the existing market rivalries. Most SMEs did not make it, though. Previously, there was a single definition of SME (Small and Medium sized Business) for the millions of very different businesses. The EU definition of SME changed in 2003. Now there are 3 categories of sized, based on number of employees, and economic turnover and balance: Micro; < 10, ≤ € 2 M, ≤ € 2 M. Small: < 50, ≤ € 10 M, ≤ € 10 M. Medium: < 250, ≤ € 50 M, ≤ € 43 M. The main focus in this blog is firstly on the smallest firms as start-ups. Actually, even a single citizen, with nothing but a VAT ID, is a micro enterprise. There are millions of them, and the number is growing rapidly during this IR4.

What is a Disruptive Innovation, then? “It is an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market leading firms, products and alliances with a significant societal impact. Not all innovations are disruptive, even if they are revolutionary. For example, the first automobiles in the late 19th century were not a disruptive innovation, because early automobiles were expensive luxury items that did not disrupt the market for horse-drawn vehicles. The market for transportation essentially remained intact until the debut of the lower-priced Ford Model T in 1908. The mass-produced automobile was a disruptive innovation, because it changed the transportation market, whereas the first thirty years of automobiles did not.”

Furthermore: “Disruptive innovations tend to be produced by outsiders and entrepreneurs, rather than existing market-leading companies. The business environment of market leaders does not allow them to pursue disruptive innovations when they first arise, because they are not profitable enough at first and because their development can take scarce resources away from sustaining innovations (which are needed to compete against current competition). A disruptive process can take longer to develop than by the conventional approach and the risk associated to it is higher than the other more incremental or evolutionary forms of innovations, but once it is deployed in the market, it achieves a much faster penetration and higher degree of impact on the established markets.” “Beyond business and economics disruptive innovations can also be considered to disrupt complex systems, only including economic and business-related aspects.” (Wikipedia)

In contrast, negative ‘Distortions’ are too often deliberately mistaken for the positive Disruptive Innovations. Arguments might be like the unspecific ‘make a change’. Such ulterior Moves are of psychosocial Games. Related to IRs, they are called ‘Pyramid Games’. The anti-thesis is called P5GO (the 5th Pyramid Game Over) and is the main theme of these 50 blogs. In brief, the positive ‘Disruptive Innovations’ of the industrial revolutions are abuse to cause ‘Distortions’ in order to cause CCD, CdE and even WW on prey nations. As introduced to UU 2017.juni.02 about ‘Virtual money’: “We also know that Game Player of the 3rd and 4th Pyramid Games lured citizens in distress into civil wars, believing that the Game Players ever would pay back as promised. Consequently, the public social services are organized by such oligarchic criminals that systematically violate international laws and human rights, - quite the opposite of their public images. Yet, this is easy to fix by proper and sound use of IR4 technocracy, bureaucracy and democracy. The Pyramid Games in Industrial and Social Revolutions are talked through in UU 2017.juni.02.

The IR4 was talked through in UU 2017.mai.19. In brief: “The Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4) builds on the Digital Revolution, representing new ways in which technology becomes embedded within societies and even the human body. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is marked by emerging technology breakthroughs in a number of fields, including robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, biotechnology, The Internet of Things, 3D printing and autonomous vehicles. The technologies have great potential to continue to connect billions more people to the web, drastically improve the efficiency of business and organizations and help regenerate the natural environment through better asset management.”. The blog also provides talk-throughs on the strategies of Germany ‘Industrie 4.0’, the China ‘Made in China 2025’ (MIC2025) and the European Union policies.”

Micro and Small enterprises have been a main concern in several blogs. The most recent is from UU 2017.mai.26: “The oligarchic abuse of market dominance during the IR3, in both public and non-public enterprises, is a main reason for the present dysfunctional, corrupted and criminal abuse of ‘state aid of social character’. This is a basis for a new and yet unpublished website, called CloudMaps/EM. The following shows a draft.

SMEs was in focus in a blog theme concerning the Dexit (Dane Exit from Europol/Eurojust). It was summarized in UU 2016.aug.26 and here are some relevant quotes:

The Dexit, the rejection of Europol and Eurojust, makes Denmark a Pirate Bay for international organized crimes in the EU Internal Market. The massive crimes of SKAT is one obvious example oligarchic preying on SMEs. (UU 2017.feb.17) In fact, the TEU is rewritten in Dane law to make a legitimated illusion that the Executive and Legislative Parliamentary power allows such crimes.

IR4 SMEs are Game Changer in both the public and non-public markets. Therefore, this section from UU 2013.okt.18 is translated to English for the occasion.

SMEs do not have the ‘economy of scale’ and do not have proper internal support for common services like; administration, accounting, marketing, HR, IT, financing etc. Therefore, SMEs are dependent on inter-SME networking and outsourcing of such supporting services between each other. This is impossible if there is no such network infrastructure in place. Healthy nations promote such infrastructures for SMEs and corrupted public services prevents it. The EU Commission should promote such much more to its member states much more effectively, - like the program ‘Entrepreneurship and Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)’. The DG should react much more effective to all the obvious violations of the relevant rules for competition and state aid towards SMEs. This is critical and alarmin now, in the eve of the 4th Industrial Revolution. (See most business models for enterprises at quickmba.com.)

Conclusively, a main objective to this IR4 is to learn from the previous industrial and social revolutions in order to not repeat the mistakes in this fourth time around. First of all, it is necessary to change from the collective states of denial to recognizing the present reality, - that the SMEs are fundamentally vital to ‘western’ societies’ existence, quality and soundness. Most SMEs start up as micro enterprises to enable the long term positive outcomes for society and industry. Therefore, ‘SME Disruptive Innovations’, in both public and non-public sectors, are positive for societies as well as the industries. Furthermore, this time, in order to avoid social catastrophes, the national Parliamentary powers have to enforce the rules of competition for the European Internal Market in rightful favor of the SMEs. Moreover, they need to re-construct the existing systems for social aid to include Basic Income in order to avoid riots of desperate unemployed citizens, - as in the previous IRs. There have to be public supported alternative for inter-SME financial services like crowd funding, to avoid financial preying on SMEs. Most important though, international organized crimes in the EU IM must not be allowed to distort the innovations by corrupted civil servants of the Legislative, Executive and Judicial (LEJ) Parliamentary powers. Actually, the fourth Parliamentary power, the true democracy (not the press), might interfere considerably by IR4 means of hyper-democracy this time (UU 2016.juli.01).

Treaty on European Union:
Porters Value Chain, the 5 market powers and PEST/STEP analysis

“Dire Straits were a British rock band that formed in Deptford, London, in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), his younger brother David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion). Dire Straits' sound drew from a variety of musical influences, including jazz, folk, and blues, and came closest to beat music within the context of rock and roll. Despite the prominence of punk rock during the band's early years, their stripped-down sound contrasted with punk, demonstrating a more ‘rootsy’ influence that emerged from pub rock. Many of Dire Straits' compositions were melancholic.” “They became one of the world's most commercially successful bands, with worldwide record sales of over 100 million. Dire Straits won four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards—winning Best British Group twice, two MTV Video Music Awards, and various other music awards”

"The song ‘Money for Nothing’ is a single by British rock band Dire Straits. The song's lyrics, considered controversial at the time of the song's release, are written from the point of view of a working-class man watching music videos and commenting on what he sees. The song featured a guest appearance by Sting singing background vocals, "I want my MTV" line, followed with his own brand signature ‘Don't Stand So Close to Me’. Consequently, MTV promoted the video and made it an even greater commercial hit.” Mark Knopfler described the writing of the song as: “The character is a guy who works in the hardware department. I borrowed a bit of paper and started to write the song down in the store. I wanted to use a lot of the language that the real guy actually used when I heard him, because it was more real.”
Ironically, in this video, the IR3 Worker did get his message global by 4 of them, though. However, see the live concert too, that shows the true qualities of this exceptional 3rd IR band.

The association to this blog is that even music bands are micro enterprises that went through all the Industrial revolutions, - from the start when troubadours got electricity. There were certainly major disruptions during the IR3, when synthesized bands out-conquered guitar bands. Now, with IR4, the changes will certainly take another leap with DJs and their virtual multi-media studio – these one-man bands that can out-conquer most classic orchestra.
Mark Knopfler - Money for Nothing (live with Eric Clapton, Sting & Phil Collins) + Lyrics
Dire Straits – Live in Sydney 1986

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