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Increasing productivity though people and technology

Audio VisualWritten by John Berry on 11th December 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.1 min read

French workers generate the same wealth as British workers but in a 32-hour week rather than the British 36-hour week. Managers are generally under pressure to improve their firms. So there's no question about whether or not managers should invest. It's just a question of where - in people or machines?

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Six ways to avoid hiring square pegs for round holes

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 7th February 2018. Revised 25th March 2020.6 min read

Perhaps you employed someone and you later found that they don't quite meet the role requirements; they somehow don't fit. Or, you moved someone into a new role and they just didn't perform as well as they used to. Here's how to avoid such mismatch between the person and the job.

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Raising SME Manager Skills

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.5 min read

Management is a science. Few managers – accidental or otherwise - would dispute that claim as they struggle to motivate their staff. Management is non-obvious and must be learned. Here's a discussion about approaches.

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Technology as a force for change

ArticleWritten by John Berry on 6th May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.10 min read

Technology provides a force for change in all businesses. Technologists innovate and develop new technological knowledge and technological artefacts. That technological knowledge helps us do things differently and to innovate within our businesses. The technological artefacts help us do things, but they also do things for us and replace us in things we did previously.

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The key role of the user in computer system specification

ArticleWritten by John Berry on 4th May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.12 min read

Computer systems comprising hardware and software form significant elements in many people’s working lives. In any new system implementation, users are not passive, compliant beings. They have choices. They can react in one of four ways: adoption, compliant acceptance, reluctant acceptance or rejection. As a result, it is critical that users are fully involved in system specification from initial management thoughts to implementation.

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Industrial Strategy Boosting Technical Skills

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.4 min read

Theresa May has announced that the UK is going to counteract the effects of Brexit by launching an industrial strategy. This strategy is to contain a ‘shake up’ of technical education. But what technical education do we need?

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