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Surprise! Innovation, market process and 'the nature of discovery'

Alex Crichton-Miller on 2020-05-01

Confined to our homes during the pandemic, many of us have taken up new hobbies, exercise regimens or new learning. While my physical fitness has taken a hit in the six weeks since the RIG team started working from home, I have joined an online microeconomics course in an effort to cajole myself into a productive lockdown.  ...

Sharing a watering hole with a dinosaur

Jack Straker on 2020-04-09

I am drinking the same water as a T-Rex. My inner child (not buried particularly deep, I am told) is a big fan of this fact. As far as we know, since humans existed, we have not created any ‘new’ water and comparatively little has escaped to space. On the face of it, water isn’t going anywhere, and there is loads of it. It should be noted that there is a big difference between freshwater and saltwater. Freshwater makes up around 3% of...

Metamorphosis

Jack Straker on 2020-03-24

23 June is a date that will forever fill me with great happiness and faith in our country. Of course, I refer to the glorious day, in 2014, when the former Member of Parliament for Tatton, the first Chancellor from a northern seat since Dennis Healey in the late 1970s, delivered his vision of the “Northern Powerhouse” from Manchester. Finally, I thought, a government that is going to look to break the north out of its post-industrial...

Reflections on entry level hiring

Shields Russell on 2020-02-29

Since January 1st, I no longer lead the process of recruiting and selecting entry level hires. Entry-level hiring is a serious responsibility. We are who we hire. And who we hire is formative in terms of what we can become. In a knowledge firm, talent acquisition and development is the business strategy. Making this move is a generational shift that will bring those driving the process closer in age to the...

Diversity unlocks innovation

Ellie Wolverson on 2020-01-08

Globalisation and advances in technology have radically altered the way that information is exchanged, ideas and innovations are diffused, trade occurs, and companies collaborate and grow internationally. The multiple dynamics of globalization—financial flows, migration of labour and work, technological innovations, environmental sustainability, and cultural dynamics—form a turbulent and complex environment for businesses to operate...