It's a question recently asked by Eric Wieferring of the Star Tribune, and one that deserves close consideration.
There has been a lot of talk about innovation lately, but Wieferring says in terms of research and development, there is a distinct emphasis on the development part.
And if true innovation is going to happen, we need some disruption. Drawing a parallel from the high-tech computer industry, the article reviews what happened to computers in the 1980s and 1990s.
According to the article:
Computermakers increasingly competed on the basis of product features, such as chip speed and price. Ditto for software firms, which tacked gewgaws onto increasingly clumsy programs. Shrinking profit margins and the dominant positions of industry leaders, such as Intel and Microsoft, made it increasingly tough for new entrants to get on the screens of computer users.