Category Archives: Chap 14 Operations strategy

Zero-based productivity

I would not blog about zero-based budgeting as I do not regard this as an OM topic.  But zero-based productivity – that’s another matter.  This concept is being promulgated by McKinsey & Co.  They have a series of articles on … Continue reading

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How to successfully exploit big data

Today’s adoption of big data and analytics reminds me of what happened in the the hotel industry when revenue management (RM) was first being adopted over twenty years ago.  So let me be clear what revenue management is, before talking … Continue reading

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Imagine – bikes as part of the circular economy

I recently blogged about fast fashion and the circular economy.  Well this concept is surfacing in all kinds of industry sectors. Islabikes is a Ludlow-based manufacturer of children’s bicycles.  It has initiated what it calls its Imagine Project, as explained … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: OYO to be “largest global hotel chain by 2023”?

In 2014, OYO was a start up with 1 hotel.  This year it has 8,500+ hotels across 500 cities.  How is such growth possible?  What are the order winners (OWs) that drive this growth? This growth has been achieved firstly … Continue reading

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Procurement, risk, digital, cost reduction, new product development….

Fascinating video from Deloitte reporting on their 2017 survey of Chief Procurement Officers.  In four minutes it manages to illustrate the complex interaction between strategy, operations and the supply chain, and the potentially central role procurement has.  To my mind, … Continue reading

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Economies of scale no longer give competitive advantage

This thought provoking article by Tenaja and Maney in the Sloan Management Review argues that economies of scale are coming to an end.  This is because the technologies of i4.0 – mobile, AI, cloud computing, IoT, 3D printing – are able … Continue reading

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AI will change most firms business model

The latest BCG Artificial Intelligence Global Executive Study and Research Project  report has just been published on the MIT Sloan Management Review website (here).  It surveyed 3,076 executives from around the world, and interviewed 36 in depth.  One of the … Continue reading

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Manufacturer’s views on a range of issues

Interesting insight into the major concerns UK manufacturers have right now, on themanufacturer.com website.  Although the headline is about barriers to innovation, the discussion is more wide ranging than that.  There are some good examples of how new technologies are … Continue reading

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“…as a Service” applied to agriculture by the Small Robot Company

Back in 2012 I blogged about cloud computing and explained three alternative models of this –  ‘infrastructure as a service’ (IaaS), ‘platform as a service’ (PaaS), and ‘software as a service’ (SaaS).  The “… as a Service” business model is … Continue reading

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Gaucho… Oucho!

The Gaucho chain of restaurants has gone into administration.  Already this year other restaurant chains have announced closures – Jamie’s Italian, Prezzo and Byrons.  This has been put down to “consumers changing the spending habits”. Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44870789 But let’s look at … Continue reading

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