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Papers and referencing

I’ve been using the Mac version of a program called Papers2 (also available on Windows). I am slowly getting converted to the program, if you are looking for a better way to organise your academic reading I recommend you give it … Continue reading

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Future of the UK automobile industry?

I am rarely this timely with my blog posts but was alerted to this announcement by my colleague Andrew Graves: The government and automotive industry are investing £500 million each over the next ten years in an Advanced Propulsion Centre … Continue reading

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Christensen #3 – Building a Theory

In perhaps the most interesting (and certainly the most novel) lecture, Clay gave a meta-explanation of the Innovator’s Dilemma, using it to illustrate the process of building a theory.

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Christensen #2 – Disruptive Innovation and the Panda’s Thumb

Much of this lecture came from ‘The Innovator’s Solution‘ – a well judged (and marketed) follow up to Christensen’s seminal ‘Innovator’s Dilemma‘ book. The phrase Panda’s Thumb, btw, comes from Stephen Jay Gould, a brilliant evolutionary biologist who used the … Continue reading

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Christensen #1 – Disruptive Innovation and the economy

After recapping the theory of disruptive innovation, Clay turned his attention to the macroeconomic implications of this theory. Incidentally, if you haven’t heard the famous steel mill example, its a cracking good yarn (the better for being true). You can … Continue reading

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Taking note of disruption

<a href=”https://twitter.com/stevecayzer&#8221; data-widget-id=”351722150291451908″>Tweets by @stevecayzer</a> <script>!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?’http’:’https’;if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+”://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);</script> When I was working for Hewlett Packard, I was largely involved in artificial intelligence research. I had little time for management theory, except when it affected me. That happened 3 times. The first … Continue reading

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Fracking – er ….

On my todo list is to do a bit more ‘digging’ (forgive the pun) about fracking. This looks like a good place to start (UKERC links to EU reports so hopefully reasonably unbiased) The study on energy market impacts shows … Continue reading

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It’s not whether, but when.

I am almost finished reading Renato Orsato’s Sustainability Strategies which is also explained on SlideShare and on video Orsato produces a number of interesting case studies illustrating strategies (that is to say CHOICES) about how to compete on price, brand, … Continue reading

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Porter’s Social Progress Index

Just been reading up a little on the Social Progress Index (SPI), particularly the useful details on the methodology. The SPI is composed of 3 dimensions, each of which is given a score baed on a basket of measures from reputable sources … Continue reading

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Electric vs Conventional Vehicles

There has been a lot of noise about whether EVs are better than conventional vehicles from a lifecycle perspective (ie the battery manufacture and end of life). Now and again, someone makes a rather egregious claim misrepresenting an article such … Continue reading

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