Twitter is tomorrow’s email… technology adoption in organisations

Phases of technology adoption in organisations
Phases of technology adoption in organisations

In 2004 – in Lithuania, of all places – Professor Stephen Coleman introduced me to a four-phase model for understanding how new technologies are adopted and influenced by organisations.

Don’t know if he came up with it directly but finding it beautifully simple and functional, I’ve used it countless times since to make sense of how technology use is developing in organisations I have worked for or with.

I was discussing it with Neil Williams over a cerveza recently, and decided to add a fifth phase that I’d like to share here.

Coleman’s four phases (note – I’ve tweaked the names, but not their essence) ran as follows:

hyperbole > resistance > institutionalisation > transformation
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On my desktop this week… ‘Ceci n’est pas une pipe’* by Kevin Van Aelst

Ceci nest pas une pipe* by Kevin Van Aelst
'Ceci n'est pas une pipe'* by Kevin Van Aelst

Spotted this on the NYT site and it made me chuckle.

It’s a great example of the photographic art of Kevin Van Aelst.

Go check out his site; he’s got great vision.

* I gave it this title; I don’t know what Kevin actually titled it.

Much Use Tools… Screengrab, Screenr and dotSUB

Spanners by Ross Ferguson
'Spanners' by Ross Ferguson

Recommendations for some highly-rated free tools I have been coming in handy at work recently:


No Photoshop to edit a ‘Print Screen’ capture? Screengrab is a Firefox add-on that captures what you can see in the bowser, either the entire page, just a selection, or a particular frame. It saves the capture as a decent sized JPG that can then be dropped in a doc to go up to the boss or over to the client.


Got wind of this on Mashable the other day. I’ve used a number of screen-recording tools before, but Screenr is really slick and the files are a decent size. Perfect for recording an instructional video to walk a colleague or client through an unfamiliar set-up.


Need to add subtitles to a video? With nothing to buy or download, dotSUB is a browser-based tool enabling subtitling of videos on the web into and from any language. Highly recommended for an all-too-familiar tricky requirement. They even have ‘Scots’ language on there, though nothing has been uploaded yet. Race you!