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We can no longer dismiss Chinese innovation as shanzai (copycat), according to a new report from consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Authors Gordon Orr and Erik Roth have identified meaningful advances in fields ranging from Genomics to mobile apps- sectors traditionally the preserve of US, European, Japanese and South Korean companies.
Up to now, the debate has been about whether China will be a fast follower or an innovator in its own right. In fact we already have evidence of China’s innovation in sectors such as re… continue reading
20 years after studying business strategy as part of an MBA course, I returned to the subject as a Visiting Lecturer at a UK university. To my surprise, the subject hadn’t moved on much. It struck me that the quest for sustainable competitive advantage via the structured certainties of Michael Porter’s models was no longer realistic for most companies.
In her latest book “The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business”, Columbia Business School’s Rita Gunt… continue reading
Do you endure a daily battle to meet deadlines and prioritise your workload?
Time management has always been a crucial aspect of strategies within a business environment and this has become even more noticeable in the 21st Century. Why is it so essential and how do people lose track? Highlighted here are just some of the questions that will be discussed in this post.
Firstly, managing your time and prioritising your tasks can be a challenge and an effort to organ… continue reading
Subconsciously, a lot of art workers and innovators develop their designs based on natural forms. From a young age in art classes students are encouraged to draw from natural forms, studying in particular the line, shapes and surface detail. We can learn a lot from the functions and development of these unique organisms, which have adapted themselves and evolved over hundreds of years. What is so interesting is that a lot of our new technologies do reflect certain elements of natur… continue reading
In 1991 John Cleese gave a lecture on creativity (to hear an excerpt of it go to: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/04/12/john-cleese-on-creativity-1991). As the website points out, he suggested a number of key factors that affect our ability to become more creative:
- Space (“You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.”)
- Time (“It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.”)
- Time (“Giving your mind as long as pos… continue reading