Tag Archives: innovation

The world of work in 2030

Scenario planning originated in Shell as a result of the 1973 energy crisis.  Scenarios are developed by taking one or two major trends and extrapolating them into the future.  The idea is to devise a number of alternative scenarios, each … Continue reading

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Agile organisations – soon to become the norm?

Agility and being agile seem to be today’s buzz words.  In our book we discuss agility with regards production processes.   Recently in this blog, we have discussed the concept of agile project management.  Now this McKinsey & Company article … 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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Co-creation and Open Innovation in New Product Development

This video does what it says on the tin…

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How innovation fits into the management of megaprojects

Innovation and project management have not always been thought to go hand-in-hand.  Although as a recent blog explained, increasingly the concept of agile project management is being adopted.  In this MIT Sloan Management Review article, Davies et al (2017) argue … Continue reading

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Agile innovation explained in depth plus handy infographic

Great article on Bain & Company website that explains everything you need to know about Agile Innovation.   Plus this handy infographic…

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How the IoT will change the food supply chain

Recent blogs have considered some of the implications of digital transformation in general terms, this blog looks at one specific sector.  IGD is a charity which analyse trends to provide insights for the food and grocery industry so that they better … Continue reading

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What ‘trends’ are here to stay?

In thinking about the new edition of our book, we have to consider whether or not the developments we see happening in operations today are temporary or here to stay.  In some cases it is easy to see that  a … Continue reading

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Big companies can’t have innovation without real leadership

I’ve blogged before about how most companies on their website refer in some way or another to innovation or being innovative.  That’s because all, or nearly all, CEO’s recognise that the world is changing rapidly and that their operations cannot … Continue reading

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China is good at the hard part of innovation

It is commonly thought that the hard part of innovation is coming up with new ideas.  But in many countries, and in many companies, the hard part is turning ideas into a commercial reality.  Seinfeld and Beltoft (2014) argue that … Continue reading

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