In my last few articles I have built a case that large organizations should invest energy in actively designing their early phase of the innovation process – the so-called “Fuzzy Front-End” (FFE) in a way that it delivers meaningful and promising innovation ideas and concepts. It is emerging practice that there are some key design

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Does your business need to develop insightful industry knowledge about sector trends? I’m super excited about our latest business investment – a real-time information gathering service that turns the mass of industry news and trend reports in to relevant information for business and innovation leaders. What used to take weeks or months to produce insights

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Today Paul called me up and told me I just had to listen to a radio interview on the BBC’s Radio 5. And it was on the subject of automation and it’s impact on jobs.  You can get the interview here. Now, I’ve been following the impact of technology and innovation on the economy for

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Well, after a year of hard work to develop a speaker package (with some terrific help from Andrew Thorp at mojoyourbusiness.com), I’ve now decided to join the Professional Speaking Association. This global association has a mission to help speakers to “Speak More… and Speak Better…” And I’ve got something to say. Well, quite a lot

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I was privileged to be invited to HQ of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in London to review and comment on their latest Technical Strategy “Chemical Engineering Matters”.  IChemE represents 40000 ChemEngrs worldwide so is significant.  But significant also the contribution it aims to project. But an interesting and I think crucial point came up

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In recent weeks a theme has emerged from my networking activities.  Several sources have asked, what is it like inside the mind of a large corporate buyer? (of goods or services). The GOV.UK is putting a lot of investment into SMEs because of their belief in their potential high growth in both financial terms and

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System Growth Consulting are proud to support the Manufacturing Matters Campaign running in the UK to raise the public awareness of the importance and value of manufacturing to the economy. When asked to provide our sentence about why Manufacturing Matters, we said… “manufacturing is THE value creator in the economy and has an enduring capacity

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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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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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I gave this presentation on Open Innovation in Established Companies to the Society of Chemical Industries in London earlier this year. If you are curious about OI it will quickly give you an overview of the key issues: Why do firms embark upon OI? What are the Benefits, Risks and Success factors (needed to make

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