Tag Archives: productivity

Construction tech trends 2019

Interesting examples of i4.0 applications in the construction industry.  This 12 minute video provides examples of: robotics artificial intelligence exoskeletons connected job sites through cloud technology digital mapping autonomous vehicles advanced materials drones virtual and augmented reality 3D printing Advertisements

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Curing cancer with a lightly boiled egg?

You may have heard about this on the news this morning, but I could not let it pass.  That’s because chickens can potentially make some drugs up to 100 times more cheaply than a pharmaceutical plant… The birds have been … Continue reading

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Sharing in Growth

Sharing in Growth is a transformation programme which aims to raise the operations capability of UK aerospace suppliers in order to ensure this country shares in the growth of aerospace and other global markets.  “The scheme provides concentrated training and … Continue reading

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Zero-based productivity

I would not blog about zero-based budgeting as I do not regard this as an OM topic.  But zero-based productivity – that’s another matter.  This concept is being promulgated by McKinsey & Co.  They have a series of articles on … Continue reading

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Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems explained

A good “tutorial” on the CIO website that explains ERP systems here.  It covers the main features of a system, how they are categorised, the reasons for implementing ERP, the perceived benefits of the system, and how it is typically … Continue reading

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“Good work”?

Yesterday, Matthew Taylor launched his  “Review of Modern Working Practices”.   Commissioned by the UK government this was specifically to report on the so-called ‘gig economy’ and zero hours contracts.  This link takes you to the Royal Society of Arts … Continue reading

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Beyond the hype of i4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution

KPMG have produced a 24 page report that seeks to separate the rhetoric from the reality of the so-called fourth industrial revolution.   It “offers a realistic perspective on the current state of i4.0 adoption and readiness across the market…. based … Continue reading

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The impact of Brexit on the UK labour market as it relates to the hospitality industry

We talk about the importance of understanding the labour market and its impact on managing employees on pages 282 to 284 of our book.  Currently the UK government’s decision to trigger Article 50 in order to leave the EU has resulted … Continue reading

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“Being engaged at work is not the same as being productive”…

Very interesting article in the Harvard Business Review by Fuller and Shikaloff.  They examine the idea that employees with high ‘engagement’ will be more productive than those not engaged.  The identify one major problem to begin – namely that operators … Continue reading

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madeherenow.com

Sponsored by a number of British manufacturing companies,  the madeherenow website has been set up to encourage young people to think of a career in the manufacturing sector.  It has a wide range of resources both for teachers and for … Continue reading

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