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‘Cognitive manufacturing’ – how the internet of things and analytics apply to factories

IBM Watson’s video is a great introduction to IoT and analytics in the manufacturing context…  

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Supply chain analytics

The so-called fourth industrial revolution is based on the transformative effect that digitisation is having on how businesses operate.  Smart technologies and digital communication means that a large amount of data can be generated about the performance of nearly every … Continue reading

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Tesla’s Model 3 assembly line strategy – risky or how every carmaker will go?

Fascinating article explaining how car makers go about setting up an assembly line for a new model.  Industry-wide practice is to “beta test” the line by using cheap, adaptable prototype tools that are scrapped once their output conforms to the … Continue reading

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Birmingham Children’s Hospital outstanding

Listening to Today on Radio 4 this morning, Sarah-Jane Marsh, the CEO of Birmingham Childrens Hospital was inspirational.  Eight years ago this hospital was identified as having major shorting comings in three key areas of provision.  Today it is the … Continue reading

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National Trust – five years on

The National Trust is an interesting operation, or rather set of operations, to blog about.  It faces various challenges not typically found in commercial businesses. It relies very heavily on membership and donations to help support its work, although it … Continue reading

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Achieving growth through cost cutting in the banking sector

Interesting insight from Accenture into how banks should align cost cutting in their operations towards their growth strategy.

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Healthcare provision may be more efficient than we think

Measuring productivity is always more challenging than it might appear.   The concept is simple to state – it’s the relationship between inputs and outputs.  But identifying all the inputs and outputs is not always easy, nor is actually measuring … Continue reading

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Diageo to cut costs by £200 million

Interesting story and video on BBCBusiness website this week.  Diageo, the global drinks company, is planning to cut its costs by £200 million by 2017.  This is in response to a slow down in demand and hence a weakening of … Continue reading

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Lean video – short but effective

We’re always on the look out for well made video material that explains or exemplifies the different topics of Operations Management – either to help practitioners, or for OM academics to show in class.   So we have just come across … Continue reading

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New strategy at Tesco – implications for operations

Alongside Tesco’s six monthly trading report, the new CEO has announced plans to arrest the decline in sales.  These neatly illustrate the interrelationship between business strategy, financial strategy and operations strategy. With regards the overall business, Tesco plans to sell off Tesco Broadband … Continue reading

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