The Innovators Dilemma

– Clayton M. Christensen What do the Honda Supercub, Intel’s 8088 processor, and hydraulic excavators have in common? In The Innovator’s Dilemma they are all examples of disruptive technologies that helped to redefine the competitive landscape of their respective markets. These products did not come about as the result of successful companies carrying out sound […]

Focus on New Zealand brands needed in face of trade uncertainty

Focus on New Zealand brands needed in face of trade uncertainty

Uncertainty over Brexit means New Zealand needs to urgently focus on developing brands and differentiating our agricultural exports.   However, the recently announced TPP agreement – which is to be signed on 1 March – offers potential for enhancing our markets. Senior lecturer in Agribusiness Management, Dr Nic Lees, said New Zealand produces some of […]

Digital Transformation of B2B Commerce

Digital Transformation of B2B Commerce

Is your business ready? For manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers around the globe, ecommerce has become one of the key drivers for digital transformation and companies with a well-executed digital strategy are quickly becoming disrupters in their markets. In order to remain competitive, businesses need to be willing to adopt a new way of thinking and […]

90-day trial period change concerning for manufacturers

90-day trial period change concerning for manufacturers

The changes to the 90-day trial period announced by the Government will present additional challenges for medium sized manufacturers to finding the right staff they need, adding to the already critical skill shortage issues which hold back growth of the sector. β€œThe 90-day trial periods have made it easier for manufacturers to bring on staff […]

Workforce robots on the horizon

Workforce robots on the horizon

Primary sector and manufacturing employees may find themselves with some interesting new colleagues in the next few years as researchers develop robots that can be trained to work alongside people in factories and the great outdoors. A two-year, $2m project funded by the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge Board is examining how next-generation […]

Hopes for CPTPP

Hopes for CPTPP

BusinessNZ has welcomed progress towards the new Trans Pacific Partnership, now CPTPP. BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope says a successful conclusion to negotiations would mean new income and jobs in New Zealand. “The value and volume of our exports increase enormously in countries where we reach a free trade agreement, and every extra billion dollars […]

Fero committed to long-term partnership with Samoa

Mr Fulton says Fero had three major requirements of its new off-shore operation: quality, productivity and minimal impact on its New Zealand management resources.

Fero committed to long-term partnership with Samoa

New Zealand’s leading wiring and assembly solutions manufacturer says it has a long-term commitment to Samoa and hopes it will lead the way to other New Zealand businesses setting up operation there. Fero is an Auckland-based family-owned business that manufactures wiring looms for local technology manufacturers, ranging from automotive and marine lighting, to air conditioning […]

Move Fast and Break Things

Move Fast and Break Things

(On Jonathan Taplin)He is hunting big game; it is his contention that the giants of the cyberworld-from Google to Amazon-are threats to the fundamental foundations of democracy and that they also cement inequality into our systems in new and dangerous ways. (Jonathan Taplin is Director of the Annenberg Innovation Lab and a former tour manager […]