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A NORTHERN POWERHOUSE OF INNOVATION?

Often perceived to have been left behind by the ever-expanding, always-innovative London, the north of the UK is having something of a renaissance. This week think explores the notion behind a disparity in geographical innovation, how the North is attracting big names in innovation, and what we can all learn from their success.

GEOGRAPHICAL DISPARITY?

The geography of innovation is a frequent topic of discussion for industry experts, and research has shown that there are indeed strong links between the two factors.

When it comes to the UK, when you say innovation, big business, originality, ancontinue reading

TOP THREE TIPS FOR WORKING SMARTER NOT HARDER

No doubt you’ve heard the phrase “work smarter not harder”. It has in some ways become a popular culture icon, with memes proclaiming the phrase adorning social media. But does working smarter not harder really have positive implications for productivity, efficiency and job satisfaction?

THE COINING OF A MANTRA

Conventional wisdom teaches us that if you work hard enough, good things will come to you. It is inherent in the American Dream and most capitalist societies. It is suggested in schools that hard work will bring good exam results. It took the death of 21 year old Merrill Linch intern Mocontinue reading

INNOVATION AND THE PRODUCTIVITY PUZZLE

The ‘productivity puzzle’ is one of the most challenging economic conundrums of our age, but could innovation be the solution? This week think looks at what the productivity puzzle is, what economists are doing to solve it, and questions whether innovation could in fact be the answer.

WHAT IS IT?

The term ‘productivity puzzle’ has gained traction since the financial crisis of 2008 as a way to describe the UK’s faltering economic situation and difficult recovery in the years that have followed.

While no dictionary definition exists, numerous influential sources have acknowledged the existence ocontinue reading

WHY CHINA IS STILL PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF INNOVATION

This week the media was awash with stories about the unveiling of the Chinese “straddling bus”, a futuristic innovation designed to combat China’s over-crowded and congested streets.

What can we learn about innovation, and Chinese innovation more specifically, from this unconventional idea? Think has the answers.

“THE STRADDLING BUS”

More formally known as the Transit Explore Bus, or TEB, the straddling bus was showcased earlier in May at a technology expo in Beijing.

Designed to ‘glide high above the gridlock at speeds of up to 60km per hour […] capable of transporting up to 1,400 commuters [continue reading

EXPLORING COMPETITION AS INSPIRATION FOR CREATIVITY

Organisations are always looking for new ways to boost creativity among their employees. Competition is just one way that companies can inspire increased levels of creativity, but does it really work? This week think explores…

For some, competition is one of the most effective ways to encourage creativity within an organisation. This can come in the form of competition with others in the marketplace, or competition among internal teams and individual employees.

So what is the logic behind using competition as a spark for creativity?

  1. IT ENGAGES EMPLOYEES

Competition can be used as an effective continue reading