You won’t ever own the customer experience
There’s been a certain sense of déjà vu creeping into many of the financial services conference sessions and boardroom conversations I’ve been participating in over recent years. It surrounds this consistent theme of ‘owning the customer experience’. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for focusing on customer-centred over product-centred design. But all too often organisations are coming at it with the wrong aspiration and the wrong approach.
Why Sustainability Matters to Supply Chain Sourcing
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is rapidly becoming a key market differentiator for businesses as more consumers look to purchase products from companies that act responsibly.
The top five trends in corporate responsibility -PWC
Last month, our Global Corporate Responsibility Board asked what the most significant trends in corporate responsibility are today. We contacted CR and sustainability experts from around the PwC network and beyond to get their views - and five CR trends emerged. In the lead up to BITC’s Responsible Business week we wanted to share their perspective. So here’s the first big trend:
Why success in business does not automatically lead to success as an Independent Consultant
Independent Consultants who have transitioned from business roles are often just not equipped for success.
How to Build a Business Case for Artificial Intelligence
There is huge enterprise-level interest in artificial intelligence (AI) projects and their potential to fundamentally change the dynamics of business value. However, most AI technologies are nascent at best. According to a recent Gartner survey, 37% of organizations are still looking to define their AI strategies, while 35% are struggling to identify suitable use cases.
The human side of implementing AI
The issues holding back AI adoption aren’t technical. Here’s how to navigate unrealistic expectations, change management issues and employees leery of AI job loss.
10 things to think about when starting your business
You have an idea for a revolutionary or disruptive product or service with the potential to change the industry or marketplace. To fund development and to hone your ideas you may have attracted initial investors to kick start the business and take it to the next level. Achieving a commercially viable product or service as quickly as possible to take advantage of the market opportunity that you have identified is crucial.
4 main reasons why SMEs and SMBs fail after a major cyberattack
We live in a time when malicious cyber attacks happen every minute, every day, all over the world. Companies from the smallest startup to the largest organisation suffer from cyber attacks. It’s not surprising then that cyber incidents targeting businesses, nearly doubled from 82,000 in 2016 to 159,700 in 2017, driven by ransomware and new attack methods.
How blockchain technology could improve the tax system
There’s a growing buzz of excitement around blockchain and its potential to transform business. But what could it do for the world of tax? We brought together some of the UK’s leading blockchain experts with tax specialists from the private and public sector to explore the benefits.
The rise of the digital city and why it’s so important
Many think of digital cities as an end goal. In a way, our cities are already digital. Rather than thinking of digital cities as something that you can see, like faster trains, it’s actually the hidden stuff, such as data, that have the power to really change the lives of citizens.
Are You up for the Challenge? The Value of ‘Challenger’ Consultancies…
The concept of a ‘challenger’ in the market place is not a new phenomenon, but it does feel that in recent times the challenger has become both more prevalent and more significant.
“As an Independent Consultant, are you getting the rewards that you expect and deserve?”
The 4 pillars of success that are essential to build the right platform and direction for your Independent Consulting business; helping to deliver the rewards you expect and deserve.
How can you attract the best candidates?
Our management consultancy clients consistently tell us that they are looking for top tier candidates.
Understanding how Design Thinking, Lean and Agile Work Together
This practical guide presents Lean and Agile principles and patterns to help you move fast at scale and demonstrates why and how to apply these methodologies throughout your organization, rather than with just one department or team.
PA Consulting Group
How do we get our culture to allow ideas to flourish?
Our research says two out of three businesses realise they won’t survive without innovation. But, only 24 percent say they have the right skills for innovation, and only 37 percent have changed their approach to it in the last three years.
UK businesses could save £7bn by using AI for fraud detection
Start-up company Rainbird, predicts that over a five year period the use of AI automated decisions could bring £7bn worth of savings to UK businesses. Automation will help detect patterns of fraud, which can help businesses be made aware and put more security sanctions in place.
The Management Centre
Leadership - 5 practices of effective leaders
In any manager’s career, the transition to leader can be tricky. How do you lift yourself up from the operational to the strategic? What are the secrets to providing visionary leadership? How can you inspire and lead change in your organisation? One practical answer is Kouzes and Pozner’s Leadership Practices. This article explains the model and how it can help you transform your own impact as a leader.
Beyond Genuine Stupidity: Time to start making smart choices about Artificial Intelligence
Now is the time for making smart choices about Artificial Intelligence.It is afterall, one of the hottest topics on the agenda.
How can the NHS adopt more Agile ways of working?
Agile project management is increasingly being used in many business environments and outside of traditional software implementation projects, because of the flexibility it allows and the faster realisation of benefits that are better aligned to users’ needs.
Family Businesses in the Digital Age
This year’s findings reveal that, while the threat of digital disruption is being felt by Senior Executives, many family firms lack robust strategies for the digital age. The need to continually innovate came out as the biggest single challenge respondents see over the next five years with 54% of family businesses discussing digital disruption at board level.