Tag Archives: innovation

The tension between six sigma and innovation

Every now and again you come across something that you wish you’d read and/or blogged about years ago.  So it is with this article by Brian Hindo written in 2007, and to be found on the Bloomberg.com website.  It does … Continue reading

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‘Ways to win in emerging markets’

This article from http://www.strategy-business.com discusses ‘new’ ways to secure business in emerging market, most notably India, China and Brazil.  I’m not sure how ‘new’ they really are, but Wijeratne et al (2017) make some good points.  First, companies have become … Continue reading

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Research Insight: how to find the innovative people in your organisation

Over the years I have run a number of two day Innovation workshops for managers from industry.  Amongst other things, the workshops include brain-storming and other techniques for generating new ideas.  And I’ve always been struck by how some delegates … Continue reading

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Gumdrop – making plastic and rubber compounds out of chewing gum

This is gob-smacking in more ways than one!  First, it seems that used chewing gum can be transformed into rubber and plastic compounds.  Second, it seems there is enough of the stuff to make it economically worthwhile to do this. … Continue reading

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Air-Ink – creating ink out of air pollution

Who would have thought it!  Gravicky Labs have found a way of using the soot found in air pollution – mainly from motor vehicles – and turning it into an ink used in marker pens.  Best to let them explain … Continue reading

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Silicon Valley moves east?

This report from Capgemini Consulting identifies that Asia now hosts nearly one third of all the innovation centres built and operated, overtaking Europe for the first time.  Four Asian cities are leading the charge – Singapore, Bangalore, Shanghai, and Tokyo.

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Trends in the mining industry for 2017

We do not often blog about mining sector, so I was interested to see this report and video from Deloittes.  What struck me was that many of the ten key trends are similar to those facing many other sectors: “unlocking productivity … Continue reading

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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.

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Hotel of the Future according Marriott

Having just blogged about the factory of the future, quite by chance I came across this article about Marriott’s ‘hotel of the future’.  Although it functions as a hotel, the company describes it as an innovation laboratory.  This is because … Continue reading

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Digital innovation at Hilton

The Hilton chain of hotel brands is hoping that a number of digital innovations will “enhance the customer experience”, as explained in this article.  It has designed an app to support its HHonours loyalty programme that enables customers to choose … Continue reading

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