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What innovation professionals think about innovation

This is PA Consulting’s take on the ‘Innovation Roundtable Summit’ held recently in Copenhagen.  What is striking is that the three things highlighted resonate with several of my most recent blogs – internet of things, organisational culture, and open-sourcing. Advertisements

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Best wishes for 2015

This year promises to be an exciting year – working on the second edition of our text book.  We shall be travelling the country talking to operators about their businesses in order to write some new case studies for the … Continue reading

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If Premier Foods cannot see why their policy is ethically dubious, let me explain…

I blogged a couple of days ago about Premier Foods ‘pay to stay’ policy, wherein suppliers are “asked to make an annual voluntary investment to help fund [Premier’s] growth plans”.  What the company does not emphasise is that any supplier who … Continue reading

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About this blog…

It’s the start of a new academic year, so welcome to all the new followers of this blog.   Check out ‘About this blog’ in order to make best use of it.    If you are studying Operations Management and … Continue reading

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Intel and IBM both struggling

Two of the world’s most iconic companies are finding it tough (relatively) in today’s economic climate.  Intel has reported falls in both sales and profits in the third quarter.  Sales fell 5.5% to $13.46bn and profits were down to $2.97bn  (£1.84bn), … Continue reading

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Offshoring offshored

We are used to the idea of high cost countries offshoring production to low cost countries(see page 444).   And one major country that has benefitted from this is China, which as become the world’s leading manufacturer of textiles and clothing … Continue reading

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ARM ‘outperforming’ Intel

When you think of computer chips, you probably think of Intel.  Indeed our Operations Insight 12.2 (pages 321-322) is about this company.  But right now, a British company -Arm Holdings – is growing faster the brand leader.  Arm provide the computer chip technology in Apple’s … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Thorntons Chocolates

This comapny features as the opening Case Insight from Chapter 5 (pages 112-113) and we have blogged about it before (February 14th), when we identified it was struggling financially and had to rethink its distribution strategy.  But good news! Thorntons … Continue reading

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