Category Archives: Chap 01 Introduction

Earth Day 2017 proclamations and melting ice

Lots of links on my Twitter feed to organisations proclaiming what they are doing with regards sustainability because 22 April is Earth Day.  I will share some of these with you.  But as this is an issue that should be … Continue reading

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Operations Insights from BBC documentary series?

Regular readers of this blog may wonder why I’ve not blogged about two series on BBC television that ‘go behind the scenes’ of real life operations.  I’m talking about ‘Inside the Factory‘, now into its second series on BBC2, and … Continue reading

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Five years of blogging about Operations Management!

Forgive me.  I’m a bit dim sometimes.  I’ve just realised that I first blogged on this site on 30 January 2012 – five years ago!  It seems like only yesterday….  I suppose we ought to celebrate in some way?  Celebration … Continue reading

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Annual Manufacturing Report 2017

The Manufacturer‘s annual report on the state of manufacturing in the UK is now available here.  Although a print copy of the report is £195, you can download a digital copy for free.

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Trends in the mining industry for 2017

We do not often blog about mining sector, so I was interested to see this report and video from Deloittes.  What struck me was that many of the ten key trends are similar to those facing many other sectors: “unlocking productivity … Continue reading

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How Airbnb designs for trust

Joe Gebbia talks about how he started up Airbnb and how the concept was “designed”.   More specifically he talks about the key concept that underpins his business, namely trust between the hosts and guests, and how he “designed trust into” … Continue reading

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City of tomorrow?

Here’s Ford’s view of what cities will be like in the future.

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Promoting manufacturing in the UK

This is an interesting (and lovely to look at) campaigning video from EEF – the manufacturer’s organisation.

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Managing performance in the UK hotel industry – productivity, multi-skilling & migrant labour

Earlier this week I co-chaired a one day conference centred around an ESRC research project conducted by former colleagues at the University of Surrey.  This research had used data from a cloud-based labour scheduling system* used by two mide-scale hotel … Continue reading

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Which country in Europe can hope to rival California’s Silicon Valley?

The answer it seems is none.    No European tech hub comes close the powerhouse that is Palo Alto.  But this article on Forbes.com provides a neat infographic that compares eight European countries with the USA based on five criteria: high … Continue reading

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