Monthly Archives: January 2010

Machine utilisation & efficiency, only half the story.

  Machine utilisation and machine efficiency are probably the most commonly used KPI’s used to measure the performance of factory management. Both serve a purpose, but they do not by any means describe the “whole”. The factor that completes the … Continue reading

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Green is now mainstream

Like it or not, “Green” is now mainstream, and the market, not the motley bunch of politicians, bureaucrats, activists, and assorted hangers-on who showed up to the failed Copenhagen party, will determine what happens. Make no mistake, this is a … Continue reading

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The siren song of services.

Manufacturing is fundamentally important to a thriving, vibrant economy,  and the notion that the economy can evolve and grow based on services alone is nonsense. If we ever needed evidence, just look at the impact of the GFC on the … Continue reading

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Risk and reward of social media.

I wonder at the success of social media, the apparent contradiction between the convention driven and  often stilted behavior that occurs face to face, and the lack of inhibition displayed on social media. Perhaps this is because the social media … Continue reading

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What is a brand?

A brand is the expression of consumers equity in a product offering. This offering is a mix of tangible and intangible factors, a bundle of benefits, each being inter-related to the others in ways that may vary depending on the … Continue reading

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Responsiveness and responsibility go together.

 In a small business, every action has someone responsible for it, whereas in a large organisation , or worse, a public bureaucracy, nobody has responsibility for the dumb things they do, they just become an automatically imposed “rule” that carries the … Continue reading

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Successful alliances manage the dissimilarities.

Alliances form because organizations have similarities, and commonalities that promise synergy. However, most alliances fail because they fail to manage the areas if dissimilarity. Leo Tolstoy  remarked that happy marriages were the result of the manner in which partners dealt … Continue reading

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