New writing…Pleased to say I have had another article published in The Times newspaper, as the opening piece to a special Raconteur report on Supply Chain Innovation.
The article discusses how being faster, better and cheaper than the competition requires colleagues, partners and stakeholders across an entire supply chain to work together and collaborate. With supply chain management finally having made its way into the strategic arena of the Board Room, such collaboration is even more crucial to achieving joined-up sustainability goals which call for a more systemic approach. It is also key to attracting and retaining valuable talent in a competitive marketplace. Innovation is not, however, all about the tech. Whilst modern digital kit such as drones and robots might be grabbing headlines and catapulting supply chain issues on to the front page, the shift is as much cultural as it is technological. Technology is undoubtedly vital, but much of it is behind the scenes and, in the short term, often more likely to take the form of process-oriented software than gadget-laden hardware. When it comes to responsible sourcing and ethical labour, digital innovation is also both an enabler and a potential disruptor, as supply chain visibility is empowering public scrutiny, at the same time as it is supporting transparency in brands and business. By clicking the following link, you can read the full article , which explores, in depth and with insight from a range of expert commentators, exactly how and why:
For the company of tomorrow, as environmental sustainability becomes increasingly commonplace and the language used to describe it sometimes flat and tired, so its underachieving sibling social sustainability will blossom and grow in popularity. This more human-centric business vision will necessitate a subtle linguistic shift towards ‘people-words’. The combined trends of social-media engagement and interaction with the sharing economy (forecast to be worth $335bn by 2025) currently see corporates being ‘communicative’ and ‘collaborative’, but will translate in the future into business becoming ‘sociable’. From here on, the expectation and aspiration for a good company is to be good company.
Tomorrow: Why Innovation will be… ‘Loopy’
‘Sustainability: Say the Words!’ is a series of aphoristic ‘thoughts and shorts’ appearing regularly throughout 2016 – feedback welcome via Email, or Twitter: @SustMeme.
Summary: The construction industry is replenishing the UK’s housing stock, building new infrastructure and helping restore the economy, but challenges remain if it is to attract and retain a forward-looking workforce, with inclusivity and collaboration watchwords for the future. Published in: ‘Future of Construction’ Special Report, ‘The Sunday Times’ (14 Jun, 2015)
Summary: Improved management and performance of supply chains are central to the growth and prosperity of the UK construction sector in a period of expansion, with ethical sourcing an emerging trend. Published in: ‘Future of Construction’ Special Report, ‘The Sunday Times’ (14 Jun, 2015)
A version of this article – which explores co-creation in both the world of Business and the Arts, plus the prospects for cross-pollination between the two – first appeared in Artworks Journal, 23 September, 2013.
In tune with concepts of collaborative consumption and the sharing economy (particularly prevalent in the USA), ‘co-creation’ is currently very much in vogue for businesses looking to freshen up management, design and production processes, enhance communication upstream and downstream, foster stakeholder engagement, plus deliver both ideas and efficiencies. As a cutting-edge business strategy, the philosophy draws on the creativity of customers, staff and suppliers, combining all collective inputs to innovate and improve performance, sharing knowledge and learning. The paradigm shift is from thinking in terms of ‘goods’ to ‘services’, in pursuit of the co-creation of value.
In response, the world of the Arts is both learning and teaching simultaneously; picking up on these signals from business, as well as being seen as a natural arena for exploring alternative, open and dynamic new ways of working and thinking. But, why is this approach trending now? Read more