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Italy Flags

By |2020-03-19T22:48:23+00:00August 4th, 2012|

Italy's productivity is on the decline. This is bad news for Italy and for the EU (and especially the Eurozone countries). Italy seems to have a whole bureaucracy of regulation that keeps Italian companies small ..... making it difficult to secure economies of scale ... and stops them doing lots of things that would improve

More food, please

By |2020-03-19T22:48:24+00:00July 31st, 2012|

Food inflation combined with inadequate gains in productivity are clear indicators that our ability to feed a rapidly growing population is at serious risk without swift action. Example 1 Eggs are one of the most basic, affordable protein sources that people around the world depend upon. But, in recent years, production has been declining by

Unintended consequences

By |2020-03-19T22:48:24+00:00July 31st, 2012|

Governments (bless them!) often do things with good intentions.. but often fail to think through the unintended consequences of their actions. Take energy subsidies as an example. Quite a few governments subsidise energy prices ... to help businesses be more competitive, perhaps. However, business will only take a cold, hard look at energy usage when

8,000 years

By |2020-03-19T22:48:24+00:00July 31st, 2012|

I've talked in the past about the need to improve agricultural productivity to keep the world fed. This was brought home to me this week when I read an astonishing fact.  (Assuming, of course, that this is true  ... and I have no reason to doubt it.) "The world will need as much food in

Convergent Thinking

By |2020-03-19T22:48:24+00:00July 31st, 2012|

At the recent Rio summit (the less than spectacular one) there was some discussion about whether GDP is the best measure of a nation's well-being ... in an age where we are increasingly looking at the negative impact (on the environment) of increased industrial activity. The World Confederation of Productivity Science has been looking at

Efficiency, Effectiveness and Productivity

By |2020-03-19T22:48:38+00:00July 31st, 2012|

You will recognise the 3 word in the title to this post as being .... well, what, exactly? related terms? or synonyms? If you do a search for these terms online, you can find lots of definitions and lots of ratios ... many go which are just plain wrong! In descriptive terms, efficiency is doing

Sort out the Euro, please

By |2020-03-19T22:48:38+00:00July 31st, 2012|

It is almost important to run a high productivity company at the moment. The shadow hanging over Europe from the Euro crisis is sucking all the energy out of the European market ... and pulling other markets down with it. We know that we are already in a long-term difficult period ... if 'they' cannot

Standing in the shoes of others

By |2020-03-19T22:48:38+00:00July 31st, 2012|

Business seems to have lost its ethical context. Business decisions are taken according to whether they are within or outside of legal and regulatory frameworks ... not whether they are within or outside of prevailing value sets or ethical frameworks. . If we cannot put ourselves in the shoes of others (and empathise) how can

16th World Productivity Congress, Antalya, Turkiye (2010)

By |2020-11-05T19:57:35+00:00November 5th, 2010|

Creating a Socially, Economically and Environmentally Responsible World Date: 2nd-5th November 2010 The theme for the XVIth Congress in Antalya, Turkiye (from 2nd – 5th November) was: Productivity at the Crossroads: Creating a Socially, Economically and Environmentally Responsible World The Congress was - for the first time held in partnership with the European Productivity Conference

Frank and Lillian Gilbreth

By |2020-11-04T20:04:54+00:00November 4th, 2010|

Together The Gilbreths formed one of the great husband-and-wife teams of science and engineering. In the early 1900s, they started work on the development of motion study as a performance improvement technique. Frank, who started his working life as a bricklayer, had noticed that no two bricklayers seemed to use the same method - each

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