Category Archives: Chap 03 Processes and life cycles

Reigniting growth in stagnant industrial companies

This article on the Bain & Co website looks at the issue of why so many industrial companies plateau, rather than continue to grow.  From talking to these companies, Bain & Co identify that it is not external factors that … Continue reading

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Operations insights from Stratasys

Stratasys is at the forefront of the 3D printing revolution.  On its website it has over 100 “case studies” of how the technology is being applied across eleven different industry sectors, including the entertainment industry.  This page includes video of … Continue reading

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Implications of industrial robots in emerging economies

Most of the blogs and articles about automation and robots reflect on how this will affect fully industrialised countries, with a strong manufacturing base.  But the majority of countries are not like this.   This article on the World Economic … Continue reading

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Digital transformation at work in a variety of industry settings

General Electric (GE) was created in 1892 through the merger of two companies, one of which was founded by Thomas Edison, the inventor of many electrical appliances.  Throughout the twentieth century it was one of world’s largest manufacturers of electrical … Continue reading

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How they assemble Rolls Royce motor cars

This video dispels all the stereotypes about manufacturing being dirty, noisy and oppressive.  No commentary, no background music, just the majesty of the assembly line.

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‘Design thinking’ applied to higher education… and more

Don’t let anyone think that higher education is not a big business.  In the U.K. the sector has 2.3 million customers (i.e. students) of whom 13.5% are from outside the E.U., it employs nearly 400,000 people, and has a turnover … Continue reading

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Eco hotels brand development and growth strategy

Eco Hotels is a newly formed hotel chain originating in India.  They currently have 3 The Eco properties and 3 Ecolodge properties.  From an operations perspective they have three interesting aspects. First, as their name suggests, they claim to be … Continue reading

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Canteen – five years on

One of the interesting things about looking back at operations I first blogged about five years ago is the extent to which they have developed as “theory” suggested they would.  One such theory or model is the service firm life … Continue reading

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Inamo – five years on

In January 2012 Inamo had two restaurants in London.  Five years later one restaurant was closed, and two new sites were developed – one in Covent Garden and another in Camden. I blogged about this concept because of its use of … Continue reading

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Steel yourself! Hot strip rolling mill made from Lego

To coincide with the launch of the Lego movie, I thought you hard core operations  management geeks would like to see this Lego model of a steel mill (albeit that it rolls cardboard not hot steel). Just in case you’re … Continue reading

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