Manchester Business School invites guest speakers of interest.  Tonight, Angela Knight Chief Exec of Energy UK is talking on the future of the UK energy market. We all know how important cheap and available energy is, but it is taken for granted.  My penny-dropping moment was at Innovate 2013 in London earlier this year, where

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Dr Mark Batey, Creativity Specialist, Manchester Business School Organisations are constantly seeking a competitive advantage. The source of this advantage resides in the development of a creative culture, which underlies innovation and growth. There is no single answer or a panacea to creating a culture of creativity. Instead, it arises from the interaction of three

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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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The Telegraph One in five ‘must become an engineer’ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/9936226/One-in-five-must-become-an-engineer.html This piece in The Telegraph outlines the magnitude of the technological skills gap that needs to be plugged if the UK is to realise its potential in technological innovation. The facts presented are, 1. The UK is 600,000 short of staff, skilled in STEM subjects (Science,

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Highlights and some surprises from the final day from the Technology Strategy Boards Innovation 2013 event. 1. Even amongst “professional” innovation practitioners I see a wide variety of belief what innovation is and the types and scales of it. There are many opinions about what is the similarities and differences are between R&D, innovation, industrialization, entrepreneurship…

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Date: 12th March 2013 Location: Business Design Centre, Islington, London I like to attend the key conferences to see what is going on and take the temperature of things.  Today at the second day of Innovate 2013 (the UK Technology Strategy Board’s annual showcase) it was starting to feel like the planets were coming into

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In this Blog, I like to write about the things that interest me in the world of organizations. I guess I could be described as a veteran having spent over 20 years as an engineer in companies that, at the time, were considered to be leaders in their markets and technologies. I’ve seen warts and all

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