Category Archives: Chap 17 Internationalisation and CSR

International risk is higher

Interesting report on the Canadian Manufacturing website reviewing the level of political risk across the world.  46 countries, 22% of the total, are now rated as severe or high risk, due to political uncertainties or conflicts.  40% of countries are … Continue reading

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Uber v. Grab – who is best adapted to the south east Asia market?

At first sight both Uber and Grab have the same business model – an app-based taxi service.  Uber is global, whereas Grab is regional – operating in cities around south-east Asia. But are they really the same?  And which is … Continue reading

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Emerging trends in internationalisation

We have long been blogging about how digitization and advanced manufacturing are transforming operations. These same factors are also influencing the way in which firms expand internationally. This has lead to the BCG Henderson Institute (2017) identifying seven emerging trends … Continue reading

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Risk management and offshoring

This Deloitte report looks at the the risks associated with offshoring and outsourcing.  They identify the risks and how to mitigate them for each of the five stages of their “outsourcing/offshoring life cycle”: Strategic assessment – deciding on whether to … Continue reading

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UK’s Clean Growth Strategy

Earlier this month, the U.K. government published it’s Clean Growth Strategy (Executive Summary here).  The key policy areas are as follows: Developing Green Finance capabilities Improving business and industry energy efficiency Improving energy efficiency in homes Rolling out low carbon … Continue reading

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London 2012 – the greenest Olympics ever

Having recently blogged about megaprojects I thought I’d post a video about how the London Olympic Park was constructed.  Instead I came across this video which has Kevin McLeod talking about how the London Olympics would be the greenest Olympics … Continue reading

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What supply chain trends are evident in the apparel sector?

Having just blogged about Bain & Company’s insights into how supply chains are changing, I came across this article on the McKinsey & Company website.  This was based on a survey and in-depth discussions with 29 Chief Procurement Officers of … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Whitbread Sustainability Report 2016/17

Whitbread PLC operates the Premier Inn hotel chain, Costa Coffee outlets, and a number of restaurant brands on nearly 5,000 sites across the U.K, employing around 50,000 people.  It is also expanding into international markets.  The company has recently released … Continue reading

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Wingstop winging its way to the UK

This restaurant chain is set to open 100 new outlets in the UK in the next 12 years.  If you’ve not heard of it here is their corporate video.  But what interests me is it’s growth strategy and its international … Continue reading

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No one offshores their operations any more, do they?

We define offshoring as moving operations from a high cost economy, often the ‘home’ country of the firm, to a low cost economy (page 444).  And this whole issue has had a much higher profile with the election of Donald … Continue reading

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