Tag Archives: economies of scale

Sustainable alternatives to plastic

There a great number of startups and innovators looking at ways of replacing plastic with natural materials, which by definition are biodegradable.  Here are some examples: air peanut shells can be used as loose fill packaging instead of styrofoam. Loliware … 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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Mission Mars growth plans for Albert’s Schloss

Albert’s Schloss is a beer hall concept in Manchester, designed and operated by the Mission Mars group.  If you’ve not been there, do the next best thing – visit its website.  And if you’ve never heard of Mission Mars, here’s … 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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The IoT provides a data fest, but what to do with it all?

Apparently an oil rig has 30,000 sensors on it, but only 1% of these generate data that is analysed.  This is because most sensors are reporting, as frequently as every second, that the device or machinery being monitored is performing … Continue reading

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Carillion: an operations management perspective

Much has been, and will be, said about the collapse of Carillion, the UK’s second largest construction company and major provider of facilities management services to both the public and private sectors.  In this blog, I aim to specifically to … Continue reading

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Disrupting an entire industry – from the heart

This 35 minute video shows Jay Rogers, CEO and Co-Founder of Local Motors talking about his operations.  In it he discusses how his company is reinventing the automative industry.   At the heart of this are co-creation, micro-manufacturing and the … Continue reading

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Low cost airlines – the story of Goldilocks

There has been a lot in the media recently about low cost airlines – with the demise of Monarch and the cancelling of thousands of flights by Ryanair.  For me this illustrates how getting your strategy “just right” is incredibly … Continue reading

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Shared services – where we were in 2015

We blogged a few weeks ago about shared service at BAESystems, so it was interesting to come across this article summarising research into this phenomenon written by Herbert and Oshri (2015), two academics specialising in this field.  They conducted a … Continue reading

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Shared services at BAESystems

BAESystems is the UK’s largest defence and security company, employing 39,000 people.  It has four main operational divisions – maritime, regional aircraft, military air & information, and applied intelligence (cyber operations).  To support these, the company has a fifth division … Continue reading

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