An Eye on Disclosure: The EC's Eco-Management and Audit Scheme
Integrated Design and Manufacturing in Japan
In 1991 I spent four months in Japan visiting companies to study how they use computers in the design of their products.
The Role of Government in Fostering Innovation
The powerful role traditionally played by governments in fostering private-sector innovation is now expanding, and savvy companies are taking full advantage of a wide range of governmental support, both traditional and new.
Viewpoint Discontinuous Improvement: Five Catapulting Ideas
National and regional economies, like individual enterprises, cannot maintain positions of leadership by conducting business as usual. Nor can they, once they've slipped, regain leadership by imitating the current leader. Imitators seldom if ever catch up to those they imitate.
Lessons From Product Juggernauts
When the shouting is over, one fact is clear: what differentiates perennially great companies from others is the products they sell. Some companies generate a never-ending stream of products that are appealing to customers and profitable to produce.
Realising the Power of Technology
Companies everywhere are concerned that the return on their investment in technology development (which includes R&D) is inadequate. Their strategies go awry in a number of ways. Technology developed by Xerox or AT&T brings profit to Apple or Sony.
Aligning People and Processes During Business-Focused Change in BP Exploration
British Petroleum Exploration (BPX) is the upstream exploration and production business of The BP Group p.l.c., the world's third-largest integrated oil company. Since 1990 BPX has been engaged in a process of fundamental change that has already yielded significant improvements in performance.
Measurement for Environmental Effectiveness
Most major businesses spend more than two percent of sales on environmental, health, and safety (EHS) performance. Yet, remarkably, most of them measure that performance only to the extent required by regulation.
Controlling the Product Creation Process
Pressure to be first to market with the right products is nothing new.
Getting a Return on Your Information Technology Investment
One of the most vexing challenges senior executives face is getting an attractive return on their information technology investments.