Collaboration: ‘Suppy Chain Innovation’ in The Times

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:

‘Collaboration is key for supply chain innovation’.

The full 20-page Supply Chain Innovation report is available to view/download here.

The Future in 5 Words… #2 ‘Sociable’

Why Business will be… ‘Sociable’ 

#2V3For 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.

Construction and cities: Inclusivity, collaboration and ethics

More of my journalism and blogging pieces have been published in the last few weeks and I have provided a brief update menu of articles below, with links to original copy.

Constructing an Industry for the 21st CenturyIMG_1161

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)

Supply Chain Collaboration is a Must-HaveIMG_1162

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)

Dare to Dream…IMG_1050

Summary: Envisioning cities of tomorrow, what if people were invited almost to forget the parameters of the present and really use their imagination? What would their ‘dreamscapes’ tell us about expectations for future urban lifestyles?

Published on: ‘Illuminated Minds’, for GE Lighting (5 May, 2015)

Co-creation and Construction: It’s good to share

A version of this article first appeared on the Sustainability Talk & News website, published 6 February, 2014.

2014-03-11 17.14.48 HDR-1 copyCurrently very much in vogue, co-creation is being touted as the optimum way for business to capture innovation, speed delivery and drive resource efficiency. Inclusive and transformative, it is the change-management weapon of choice for sustainability. There is only one problem: It seems a bad cultural fit for Construction.

As we emerge slowly from the ‘Age of Austerity’, commercial organisations are running lean, with budgets tight and few personnel available to pursue speculative process improvements, or explore new ways of working. Time, money and people are all at a premium and investment is in short supply.
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