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Spend wisely

By |2020-03-19T22:48:23+00:00September 15th, 2012|

A recent report from IDC Manufacturing Insights suggests that the IT spend in Indian manufacturing organisations will double by 2016. Will this give them a rise in productivity? Almost certainly.  Not necessarily as a direct result .... but anyone making big investments in IT is likely to be looking at other aspects of the business.

They’re not to blame

By |2020-03-19T22:48:23+00:00September 8th, 2012|

I'm writing this in Pakistan ... whilst taking a look at some aspects of Pakistan's horticultural sector. If you take a look at 'the figures' they suggest that this sector is quite 'inefficient', yet when I walk round farms, farmers and their labourers are working very hard. Of course - I hear you shout -

… and Jerk

By |2020-03-19T22:48:23+00:00September 8th, 2012|

Did you see what I did there.  Possibly too clever for my own good but I carried on the title of this post from the title of my last one. How often have you felt like a jerk ... in your professional life I mean. If you reply 'never', then firstly I probably wouldn't believe


By |2020-03-19T22:48:23+00:00September 1st, 2012|

Anyone who has practiced 5S will know the value of tidiness and cleanliness. Yet, all too often we see dirty, untidy workplaces ... creating inefficiency. Wherever you see untidiness, think "This is costing me money" and you might start to think differently.

Are You Listening, Government

By |2020-03-19T22:48:23+00:00August 25th, 2012|

The Australian Productivity Commission has made some recommendations for a National Disability Insurance Scheme. The government is (probably) going to partially meet the funding requirements. This process is fairly typical. A government funded body makes recommendations to government who accept the recommendations in principle but fail to implement or fund them completely. I understand that

Where are you?

By |2020-03-19T22:48:23+00:00August 18th, 2012|

Imagine for a moment that you are in charge of the country. Your country needs you to increase its competitiveness… you know the best way to do this is to improve its productivity. Of course, what you might do will depend very much on the country you are in charge of … its current economy,

Less is sometimes more

By |2020-03-19T22:48:23+00:00August 11th, 2012|

Sometimes we want output to go down .. sometimes we even want people doing as little work as possible. Think of maintenance engineers ... we want them efficiently and effectively involved in preventative maintenance. We want them sat down the rest of the time (if there is any 'rest of the time') .. we don't

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

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