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Adaptability & flexibility turns expertise into entrepreneurialism

Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw PHD - Thursday, February 09, 2012

I am currently immersing myself in the topic of how to improve competitiveness and profitability in manufacturing organisations through innovation in preparation for the Enterprise Connect funded WIIN workshops entitled "Innovating to Compete in a Global Economy". Manufacturing systems need to be flexible (FMS) to allow reconfiguration to meet rapidly evolving market demands. This is what smart, successful and innovative manufacturing SMEs are doing to succeed in a very competitive global marketplace despite difficult external factors. Similarly there is another complex system that needs to be flexible, responsive and easily adaptable. I  ..

Toyota - resting on its innovation laurels?

Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw PHD - Wednesday, January 25, 2012

It is good to see that Senator Carr describes the financial assistance given to struggling Toyota as a "co-investment" rather than a handout or bailout. However my question is 'What are they doing to protect that 'investment'? What steps is the company taking to ensure that this tax-payer funded assistance is being put to good use for a long term solution. If we have simply bought 350 jobs, that is a great short term solution (especially for the 350 people whose jobs were saved) but it is not a sustainable option because inevitably the company will need another injection again down the track. Supporting their R and D is only part of t ..

The Elegance of Simplicity

Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw PHD - Monday, January 23, 2012

Yesterday I went to the Matisse exhibition at GOMA here in Brisbane featuring his drawings rather than his paintings. It was interesting to observe the progression of his style from his early academic, complex, realistic work to the fluid, flowing simple lines of his later drawings. It is an interesting paradox that the more expert he became - the simpler became his forms. But that simplicity was infinitely more creative and compelling. That is one of the characteristics of expert creativity - the expression of elegant principles that encapsulate so much with so little. (Think E=MC2). It was a great reminder to me to keep this pr ..

It was the best of times it was the worst of times

Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw PHD - Friday, November 25, 2011

Charles Dickens' famous opening phrase to a Tale of Two Cities could be describing our present age. We are living in one of the most exciting times in history where ideas are the new currency and technology has changed the way we create, communicate and educate. It is an exhilarating time of discovery and experimentation as we embrace new technologies. Yet at the same time this age has exposed problems that are so complex (think climate change, depleting non renewable resources) that it is going to take all our human ingenuity to address them effectively so that we can leave a worthy legacy to our children and grandchildren. What do y ..

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