Interest in competitive intelligence wanes

Eric Garland Intelligence Analysis 15 Comments

I asked Google what the trends were around the interest in competitive intelligence, a common strategic discipline based on scanning the external environment. What I learned was shocking. Search volume for competitive intelligence drops Searches for “competitive intelligence” have dropped off 82% in the last decade. And note: there’s no bump after the crash of 2008. Even when the market …

One more reason early warning intelligence doesn’t work

Eric Garland Intelligence Analysis 2 Comments

Intelligence and futures studies and allied fields prattle on about the need for “weak signals,” “early warning,” and the ability to “expect the unexpected.” Almost nobody has dealt with the fact that, from the lack of WMD in Iraq to the collapse of the housing market, to the inability of Greece to pay back its bonds, we get all kinds …