Collaborative technology scanning for potentially disruptive technologies
Disruptive technologies continue to topple whole industries. Technology intelligence, which is responsible for finding and evaluating relevant technological information for companies, it often still fails to estimate which technologies will prove disruptive. It is not finding the relevant technologies which poses problems, but correctly evaluating the technologies and permeating the information through the organization. We have analysed existing literature on collaborative activities in corporate foresight and technology intelligence and combined the results with the theory of disruptive technologies to identify how collaborative activities help in forming a clear picture of the potential or threat of a technology. Observing and taking part in consortial studies on digitalization and Indus trie 4.0, we conclude that so far in many companies there is still a communication gap between technology and market experts, and that cross-industry analogies can provide a valuable discussion forum to project the influence of a technology to one's own market.