via How did Victorian Scots reconcile an independent history with a unionist present? A guest post from Richard Marsden.

 

Innovation is an important entrepreneurship activity and one of the

most common forms of innovation is a new product or service

 

But how do you bring that product or service to market?

Technology, Business and the Market uses case studies

to examine the impact of new materials, techniques and

technologies and the links between innovation,

entrepreneurship, design, manufacturing, branding and

marketing.

 Read: Chapter 5 – Industrial Design and Innovation

Branding – a new product, delivered in a new way with a new message

From Great to Gone implores you to become an FICG -

a fast-innovating consumer goods company -

and use innovative marketing and communication techniques

to build up many key facets (like ‘Lego’ building blocks) to

deliver your message to the consumer. Most importantly, just

like the winners of the 21st century, you need to leave consumers to put it

all together themselves.

 Read: Chapter 1 – The Dilemmas of FMCGs in the Twenty-first Century

Entrepreneurship means economic recovery

Entrepreneurship proves, in almost every circumstance and every part of the

world, to be a way out of economic straits and helps produce self-sufficiency,

social inclusion, job creation, capital formation, and skills acquisition.

Multipreneurship offers a unique and penetrating perspective on how people

should inspire the entrepreneurship dimension hidden inside them.

Growth

Innovation Support in Latin America and Europe is a rigorous

investigation of innovative practices and thinking that focuses

on Latin America – one of the world’s fastest growing

economic regions.

Read the Introduction – Innovation in Latin America and the role of KICKSTART

Women and Entrepreneurship

The authors of Women and Entrepreneurship deal with how rural

entrepreneurship, virtual entrepreneurship, and project-based

and home-based businesses lend themselves to providing

opportunities for women.

 Read: Part 1 – Female Entrepreneurship: Theoretical Background

From Innovation to Implementation

The Out-of-Home Immersive Entertainment Frontier explores

the successes, the emerging new applications and the strategies

that inform one of the fastest growing technology sectors:

interactive leisure facilities. The authors interviewed 70 leading

executives from every facet of the digital out-of-home

entertainments industry to produce a fascinating insight into how, since

Kinetoscope’s first coin-operated, film-amusement system in 1894, this

industry has implemented their considerable innovations.

 Read: Chapter 2 – Collapse and Recovery

New, unimagined models continue to emerge – innovation is key.

For more Gower books on Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a 30% discount, please follow this link.

 

Eleanor HillThe Estelle Trust is a small charitable fund which works with others on schemes to improve education, health and governance in Africa and runs a small number of its own projects in Zambia. Ashgate donates a proportion of its profits to the Trust each year, and Ashgate/Gower staff members are also involved in supporting the Estelle Trust through various fund raising activities. Recently, Eleanor Hill, Ashgate’s e-books Administrator, went one step further. She spent a week with Project Luangwa in Zambia, helping them with database design for their child sponsorship and building project management. This is her account of her visit.

The Estelle Trust has close links with Project Luangwa in Zambia. The Trust funded the building of a library for Mfuwe Secondary School which is now built and stocked with books but not yet open pending the cataloguing of the books by a volunteer. Karen and Dave (who run Project Luangwa) are particularly delighted to be seeing this volunteer again as they know him, and know that he will do a thorough and accurate job! He will also be doing some training of both staff and students before the official opening of the library.

Mfuwe Secondary School Library

The purpose of my visit was to analyse and design a couple of databases to help with the administration of the Project. One will help Karen with the Sponsorship records, currently held in 134 separate spreadsheets and the other will help Dave administer his building projects and allow him to produce more accurate estimates for each new school block or teachers house they build. Having succeeded in producing the designs I will now have plenty to occupy my evenings and weekends turning the designs into working databases.

Mfuwe baboon

I had been told to expect views of wildlife across the lagoon outside the office window but hadn’t expected the wildlife to be quite so up close and personal!

I couldn’t be more impressed with the work that Karen and Dave do in providing educational opportunities for orphans in rural Zambia. AIDS is not the only killer out there and there are huge numbers of orphans who would have no hope of an education if it weren’t for the work they do. And, as if poverty were not enough of a handicap, the girls have to overcome even more obstacles to get the chance to achieve their potential, which is where the Mfuwe Secondary School Girls’ club comes into its own.  This is a wonderful group of girls all from problem backgrounds, who are determined to improve their lot. I attended their weekly meeting where they had a guest speaker – the delightfully down to earth, unshockable and entertaining local western doctor whose brief was to answer any questions the girls wanted to ask – Karen and I both learned things there too. At the end of the meeting there was great excitement as Karen had some T shirts and knickers to hand out to the girls – see below:

Mfuwe Secondary School Girls' Club

If you want to find out more about the sort of lives and problems the girls can look forward to in this area do take a look at the following link http://www.projectluangwa.org/gendersupport

If anyone is interested in making a donation to the very worthwhile work that Karen and Dave are doing in Zambia, you can find more information here: http://www.projectluangwa.org/library

Investors keenly await an end to Indonesia’s political limbo

It was the former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson who reportedly asserted that “a week is a long time in politics”. For many who have been following the recent Indonesian Presidential Election, the two week period between Election Day (9th July) and the anticipated announcement of the official result on 22nd July feels like an eternity.

Many Indonesians quip that their country currently has three presidents: the incumbent and outgoing president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, plus the two contenders – Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto – who have both claimed victory.

This current fortnight of political drama and limbo is the finale in a protracted political drama. It has long been known that 2014 would be a year of change: under Indonesia’s constitution, President Yudhoyono is obliged to stand down this year after two terms in office. However, the ‘change’ that would ultimately be on offer to the electorate had long been a topic of speculation, right up to the final months before the election. Would Jakarta’s popular Governor, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stand or not? Would the incumbent president’s party (Partai Demokrat) be able to field a candidate or not? In the end, it wasn’t.

For many foreign investors, statements from the two candidates to date have provided a rather hazy mix of cautious optimism and mild concern. Neither candidate has indicated a radical shift in policy towards foreign investment. Both have a background in international business and in one form or another have acknowledged the contributions FDI has made to the Indonesian economy. However, both have also taken care to acquiesce to nationalist sentiments by talking a negative stance on certain foreign investment activity:

Earlier in the year, Jokowi’s party (the PDI-P) stated in its economic platform for 2014’s two elections (legislative and presidential) that “we are facing a situation in which our economic sovereignty and policies are being dictated by foreign powers.” Meanwhile, Prabowo has indicated plans to renegotiate contracts with foreign companies to get better terms for the Indonesian state.

The degree to which such rhetoric actually evolves into hard policy once the president is sworn in is questionable however. Fauzi Ichsan, Senior Economist at Standard Chartered, recently asserted that “the rhetoric during the political campaign is likely to be thrown out of the window the moment either [candidate] is elected president.”

In the case of Jokowi, some recent actions reassuringly seem to trump the less encouraging rhetoric. Infrastructure is widely regarded as both the impediment and key that will unlock much of Indonesia’s investment potential and ease of doing business. On this, Jokowi has an encouraging track record as mayor of the Javanese city of Solo and more recently as Jakarta’s Governor, where after years of inertia despite the economic boom times, the capital has finally begun the construction of a long-awaited mass rapid transit (MRT) system, with other major transport infrastructure projects in the pipeline.

For his part, Prabowo’s credentials as a businessman with significant overseas interests lead some to believe and hope that he would maintain an investment-friendly business environment. However, the high-profile case of the UK’s Churchill Mining and its long-running dispute with Indonesia’s Nusantara Energy (which is affiliated to Prabowo), has lingered in some investors’ minds.

Whatever the outcome that’s announced on 22nd July, there’s widespread hope among international political and business leaders alike that the new administration will keep Indonesia on the path of reform and openness with the global economy. With a population nearing 250 million and a growing, urbanised middle class eager for new, innovative products and keen to build careers in increasingly sophisticated industries, Indonesia’s new leadership will owe its people nothing less than the vast economic and professional development opportunities that can come from attracting targeted, value-added FDI.

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Daniel Nicholls is author of Foreign Direct Investment.

Daniel Nicholls is a London-based Consultant at the economic development consultancy OCO Global where he works on a variety of consulting and training assignments for clients and industry associations. With a background in marketing and communications, Daniel has lived and worked in various European countries over the past decade and is currently on assignment in Indonesia.

 

 

 

 

 

Gower Author Gary Lloyd regularly writes on his double Loop blog. 

Here is the beginning of his latest post but do pop along to Double Loop to read more.


Gary Lloyd

When I tell people that I specialise in Lean Project Management,    they often ask:

“Is that the same as Agile?”

Or:

“Is that a version of Agile?”

My answer is:

 “It could be but usually it isn’t”

One could get drawn into a long discussion, comparing and contrasting the 5 Principles of Lean Thinking and the 12 principles behind the Agile Manifesto but let’s be honest, it would be pretty boring.

So what, in my experience, differentiates Lean Project Management from most Agile implementations?

The key difference is that most Agile implementations are based on the “push” of requirements, rather than the “pull” of business value.

Full post: http://blog.doubleloopconsulting.com/2014/07/is-lean-project-management-same-as-agile.html

 

9781472409317[1]My new book, ‘Welcome to GoodCo’, looks at how the tools of business can be, and increasingly are being, used to create public benefit. Witness:

• The growth of social enterprise, where imitation is a form of flattery
• Trends towards ‘responsible’, ‘social’ and ‘impact’ investment
• The ‘arms race’ between supermarkets on community engagement.

All this is happening at a time when services provided by government and the voluntary sector are being squeezed as demand on them is growing. Many in business now recognise the obligation to engage constructively with communities and the environment but too many, especially in the 99% of businesses that are SMEs (which employ half the private sector workforce) do not. There are worrying counter-trends, too – as asset owners become increasingly out of touch with how their investments are used, fortunes are made and lost by the second and injustices in pay gaps, not least in the world of high finance, get ever worse.

The book builds on Al Gore’s idea that the last 30 years has seen the separation and divorce of capitalism and democracy after 200 years of marriage; and that unless the rift is healed we and our environment will suffer catastrophic consequences. That rift can be seen in the growth of short-termism in finance at the expense of the generational outlook of the family firm and how our use of GDP to measure ‘growth’ fails to differentiate between ‘good’ spending and ‘bad’, with no accounting for environmental and other externalities. I explore several valiant if small attempts to bring the whole thing back on course. I ask ‘how ethical are ethical investments?’, ‘what role did business play in ending the slave trade?’ and ‘have we reached the limits of what support central government can (and should) provide to communities?’ whilst exploring the business case for companies to get involved in those communities.

In the book I also look at the politics of ‘responsible capitalism’, the history of market regulation and impact investment and the life story of Frances Perkins and I highlight some unlikely ‘good guys’. I also call for the Social Value Act, the implementation of which is currently optional for the public sector, to be more widely used and employed in private sector procurement, too. I really enjoyed writing the book and I think that comes across.

You’ll have to read the book to find out who Frances Perkins was!

(Tom Levitt was Member of Parliament from 1997-2010. Tom is a writer and consultant on charity partnerships whose clients include corporates, government agencies, charities, councils and SMEs; Chair of Trustees, Concern Worldwide (UK); Honorary Doctor of the University of Derby, UK. He is also a non-executive director of Digital Outreach Ltd, a director of Good Measures ethical business consultancy, a trustee of The Work Foundation and an occasional columnist for The Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network. http://www.sector4focus.co.uk)

This blog post written by Gower author Gijs van Wulfen can be found on InnovationManagement.se site. 

 “The fuzzy front end is the nickname for the start of innovation or ideation phase. Getting innovative ideas is a vague process. It’s considered as hard to do. That’s exactly why I like to unfuzzy it. I wrote more than a dozen blogs on this on Innovationmanagement.se. In this blog all my advice come together in 20 tips for ideation excellence.”

http://www.innovationmanagement.se/2011/09/27/20-tips-for-ideation-excellence-2/

Gijs is the author of Creating Innovative Products and ServicesWULFEN PPC(250x172)PATH,

The Return of the Iconic Brands

How two, iconic brands, the Jaguar and the Land Rover have made a spectacular comeback with its new Indian owners, a German CEO and the best of British design and manufacturing tradition to back it. Not only has Ratan Tata saved these two representatives of pinnacle British design through his personal conviction and confidence in them but he has made them serious competitors to the world’s premium car brands.

It was in 2008, that Tata Motors Ltd acquired Jaguar Land Rover and by the end of financial year 2013 had a gross profit of around 2.6 billion pounds! Their profit margin of 13.7% is reported to be much higher than that of Audi, BMW and Mercedes. Full-year retail sales stood at over 425,000 vehicles, a growth of 19% in all the major regions of the world, with new records set in 38 markets, including Russia, Brazil, Korea and Canada.

Dr Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, while commenting on his company’s sales performance, has said: “2013 has proven to be a very positive year for Jaguar Land Rover thanks to continuing strong demand for vehicles across the range. Our unrelenting focus on design, technology, innovation and quality has seen Jaguar Land Rover reach global consumers in more markets than ever before thanks to its most desirable product line-up, enriched further in 2013 by the Jaguar F-TYPE and the all-new Range Rover Sport.”

The Jaguar is the fastest growing brand in Germany, India and the USA. Little wonder, that the Jaguar Land Rover’s new and enhanced stable of products received around 195 Awards in 2013, with the Jaguar receiving 80 awards for its most decorated model, the F-TYPE, which also earned the World Car Design of the Year, Germany’s most prestigious award! Other awards of note, have been, the Golden Steering Wheel award for the Cabriolet & Coupe category and BBC’s Top-Gear magazine’s Convertible of the Year. J.D. Power has named Jaguar as UK’s number one automotive brand in the vehicle ownership satisfaction survey (VOSS) and the highest ranking manufacturer among luxury brands in the US J.D. Power Sales Satisfaction Index Study (SSI).

It is said that their global sales success have been driven in large measure to the range of new and award winning product introductions that have delighted their customers. It is their rich heritage of innovation and engineering excellence that has been carried through by their present set of world-class people.

Finally, it is not just their customers who are delighted in their most successful ever vehicle line-up, even journalists the world-over, have bestowed around 200 awards for their vehicles in 2013. The Jaguar F-TYPE, being their star performer, receiving more than 59 accolades.

A clear demonstration that the Jaguar Land Rover’s focus on designing, building and delivering vehicles of excellence have far surpassed customer expectations. Even, their     Ad-Spot in the recent Super Bowl final in the US had them making a classy, confident statement.

 

Nation Branding, Innovation and World Export Leadership

Nation Branding, Innovation and World Export Leadership

Ugesh Joseph is the author of The ‘Made in Germany’ Champion Brands book published by Gower in 2014

http://www.gowerpublishing.com/isbn/9781409466468

Gower author, Phil Driver is CEO of OpenStrategies PRUB strategy system, which offers a different way of doing strategy.

Merron Simpson has been involved with OpenStrategies for around 5 years and believes it is quite possibly the best strategy system in the world.

It adopts a purposely simple logical path and plain language that allows many stakeholders to share, understand and own strategies in common, so that they can integrate not just their high level ambitions, but also what they do, effectively. It offers a dynamic strategic planning process so it can be added to and altered as the circumstances change, in real time.

More information about OpenStrategies, what it does and how it can help you, can be found on Merron’s blog http://www.newrealities.co.uk/blog

Merron Simpson is Director of New Realities Limited and an Approved Practitioner for OpenStrategies.

The new book, Validating Stategies by Phil Driver, CEO of OpenStrategies, has just been published by Gower.

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The Emirates Literature Festival takes place in Dubai on the 4th – 8th March 2014.

Gower author Andy Lake, of Smart Flexibility will be presenting/speaking in three sessions at the Festival. His sessions will consist of a main presentation, a panel, and a session with university students as part of their education programme and are titled: Can You Change Your Life?, Smart Flexibility and The Art of The Microstory. More information about Andy’s sessions can be found here.

The festival will be held at the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City.

To find out more about the Emirates Literature Festival, click here.

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