I think most reading this will by now “Get” the criticality of making good use of resources and energy to produce the every day products we all use.  A number of landmark reports over the years present compelling statistics of the need to change how we find, produce and use Stuff. Momentum is gathering.  The

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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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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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Several authors have written about the Dark-Side of leadership – I point you to the work of Conger in Tudor Rickards book: Perspectives of Leadership.  What does this say about the need for creative leaders? Over several years I observed first hand a well-intentioned innovation leader exhibit increasingly “dark” leadership traits such as believing ones

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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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