I Understand the Fear

By |2020-12-03T19:56:34+00:00December 5th, 2020|

Lots of workers (in manufacturing) are concerned about losing their jobs to robots, as the inexorable rise of automated machines and AI gathers pace. One common ‘defence’ is to suggest that robots only take over the drudgery - leaving the humans to take on more skilled, more knowledge-based tasks, and making the workplace safer. This

Is Africa ready?

By |2020-11-04T18:05:25+00:00November 4th, 2017|

A recent discussion paper from the African Union suggests that the fact that Asia has achieved the highest economic growth rates in the world in the last half century may not be unrelated to the existence of many vibrant National Productivity Organizations (NPOs) in the Asia-Pacific region and the activities of the Asian Productivity Organization

Will it work?

By |2020-03-19T22:48:05+00:00December 1st, 2012|

I am currently in Mauritius, helping launch their National Productivity Campaign.  I am talking to government officials, trades unions, employers, educators ... and the public. Such campaigns are relatively common.  Do they work? Well, it is difficult to say ... because one can rarely measure the 'counterfactual' ... what would have happened if the campaign had not

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