This week’s Economist delves into the increasingly murky world of scientific publications, with disturbing news. At the heart of the story is the allegation that a high percentage of scientific research published in a raft of tier 1, 2, 3 journals is at best, erroneous and at worst fraudulent. For example 70% of key scientific

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I heard that the MAS manufacturing barometer survey is now regular reading in Vince Cable’s red box.  The latest one paints quite a good picture showing that English manufacturing SMEs are ready to invest.  They are very keen on investing strategically – meaning Innovating to Grow and planning their businesses more strategically. As a registered

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The Date is 21st October 2013; The Place – The Midland Hotel, Manchester (UK not NH) The UK’s Technology Strategy Board is launching it’s £5m project fund to drive collaboration for The Circular Economy through the Knowledge Transfer Networks, the KTNs.  Combining the Materials, Environmental and Chemistry Innovation Networks as the supporting bodies to help

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Two articles in this week’s Economist caught my eye.  Both carry the story about what might be considered as New Industrial Strategy.  The narrative goes something like this.  After several decades of free market economics run amok, the UK economy has become unbalanced to favour services, more specifically financial services.  The economic fall-out is still

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So, I like to get out there and see what’s happening in the world. So today it was the northwest Manufacturing Matters conference at the Salford City stadium. A combination of presentations and service providers, it had an overall upbeat message to raise the flag for manufacturing successes and prospects. “Like a patient who’s been

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Schumpeter: The entrepreneurial state | The Economist The received wisdom is that States are no good at entrepreneurial activities and they should avoid doing so at all costs; leave it to the market to balance the risks and take the rewards, or else… This article outlines the challenge cited in a new book called the

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http://www.connectedcambridge.com/news/article/?id=33577 This posting describes opposing views between Hermann Hauser and a UK parliamentary committee member. On one side a call to invest more in science research and over a longer period, and the other who disputes the link between R&D and economic growth. An interesting insight is that increasingly, UK firms are not investing sufficiently in R&D. 

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My 10-minute summary of Accenture’s Sustainability 24 online conference that discusses the global agenda, by advancing debate and discussion with clients, local government leaders and stakeholders around the world. 14th May 2013 8:10am – Business Strategy & Stakeholders:  Building Trust & Planning for Uncertainty “In hindsight, it is usually much easier to see what business leaders

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Our innovation awards: Call for nominations | The Economist. Regular readers may know I have tracked a number of ideas from the pages of The Economist. The newspaper was established in 1843 to take part in “a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress”. It cites that

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This short video recorded for the UKs Institution of Chemical Engineers by the CEO of Dow Chemical, Andrew Liveris, calls for balancing advanced economies in favour of high value-added economic activities. Certainly, in the UK, this is a live debate. While economics explains the natural trends in any economy from basic materials, to manufacturing, to

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