There was a wonderful piece in the satirical news site The Onion recently about the recent SXSW conference in the USA. The piece claimed that the word “innovation” had already been said 650,000 times, and drily noted the complete absence of phrases such as “investment model” and “practical business strategy“. When people think of innovation, they think of inventions such as the iPhone, or high-tech startups in Silicon Valley. This aura surrounding the concept of innovation, particularly the idea that it means doing something unique or radical, had led some recruiters that I know of to believe that innovation is impossible in recruitment. However, this certainly isn’t the case! By applying critical analysis to innovation management, I will show how agencies can become innovative. [Read more...]
If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last couple of months, the news of the Tesco horsemeat scandal may have passed you by. If not, then you’re aware that a large number of FMCG retailers have been suffering supply chain issues where horsemeat has been found in beef products. Although this is a complex issue, a simple explanation is that FMCG retailers, in an effort to protect and enhance their profit margins (which are typically low), have been squeezing prices paid to their suppliers, which pressured their suppliers to cut their own costs. As a result, they sourced their meat from cheaper suppliers in the supply network, and somewhere along the line a load of cheap horsemeat got sold as beef. [Read more...]
LinkedIn recently hit 200 million members globally which was a great achievement for the world’s largest professional social network.
But questions remain, such as “how many members live in Brazil?” and “which currently serving US president has the most visited LinkedIn profile?” and perhaps most frequently asked, “what is the most common first name of a female LinkedIn user in Oz”?
Finally, we have an infographic to answer all these questions – I for one will sleep much better tonight.