Introduction - Standing on the shoulders of giants: sustainable innovation, disruption, and change

Kuah, Adrian T.H., and Dillon, Roberto (2021) Introduction - Standing on the shoulders of giants: sustainable innovation, disruption, and change. In: Kuah, Adrian T.H., and Dillon, Roberto, (eds.) Digital Transformation in a Post-Covid World: sustainable innovation, disruption, and change. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.

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[Extract] ‘Standing on the shoulders of giants’ is a metaphor used frequently in signifying that intellectual progress is made by means of extending the knowledge and understanding gained by major thinkers who are giants in their own rights. “If I have seen further,” Isaac Newton wrote in a 1675 letter to fellow scientist Robert Hooke, “it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”1 It is easier to learn from geniuses like Newton and Hooke but even their work and ideas had been built upon the work and ideas of others before them. Ideas for innovation and change have to come from someone or somewhere. No matter how unprecedented a work seems, dig a little deeper and you will find that the creator stood on someone else’s shoulders. With each preceding observation, idea or reflection, one could see a little further. In turn, our thoughts and ideas would form the basis of the knowledge and progress for future generations. We would argue that ‘Standing on the shoulders of giants’ is a necessary part of innovation, disruption, and change.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Scholarly Work)
ISBN: 978-1-003-14871-5
Copyright Information: © 2022 selection and editorial matter, Adrian T.H. Kuah and Roberto Dillon; individual chapters, the contributors
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2021 22:12
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