How does culture change? A powerful person at the top, or a large enough group from anywhere, decide the old ways are not working, figure out a change vision, start acting differently, and enlist others to act differently.
Have you ever been in an organization where communication was not an issue? If so, you're the exception rather than the rule. Large organizations in particular have always struggled with the challenges of communications. In fact, the concept of span of control — a decades-old organizational design principle — was derived [...]
“Sustainability will be a decisive factor in terms of which businesses will be here in 20 or 30 years time. It is the future of business,” explained Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer of IKEA Group. In a recent in-depth interview, we dug into the company’s worldwide efforts over the past [...]
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IKEA's new business strategy; People and Planet Positive Strategy, which is based on the idea of sustainability. In this article, Steve Howard who is the Chief Sustainability Officer of IKEA Group was interviewed about the new strategy and how it is impacting IKEA's global outlook and operations moving forward. The company has been based on avoiding waste and striving to make more from less. The People and Planet Positive Strategy builds on these ideas. Steve Howard says IKEA has a responsibility to help build a better future and have a positive impact, but recognition for shaping the business landscape goes to sustainability. -The world is already challenged by scarce resources, consuming more than 1.5 times what the planet can sustain-ably provide. Sustainability has driven innovation, steered investments and developed new business opportunities, strengthened the companies competitiveness by securing long-term access to important raw materials, securing a strong supplier base and increasing productivity. With this new strategy, IKEA has been able to reduce their energy footprint by using energy efficient lighting, including adding LED lighting to 200 stores which will save the company 15 million in electricity costs every year. Progress with renewable energy; 550,000 solar panels in 8 countries. IKEA is also sourcing materials more responsibly -Working with 1,000 direct suppliers who make their home furnishing products -Supplier code of conduct, 80 supply chain auditors -Smaller groups of higher impact suppliers to reduce energy and water use. Good for the environment but also cuts costs for suppliers and IKEA was already using a cost leadership strategy, have the lowest price furniture but now they are incorporating "environmentally friendly" to add their own niche focus. Making it seem like they care about the environment just has much as the care about their own productivity. In the long run, it's whatever cuts the costs for IKEA is good for IKEA. Even Steve Howard said himself "it delivers significant cost savings. Energy costs are significant for IKEA and our investments in renewable energy help protect us against prices increases." For IKEA to keep on selling furniture at lower and lower prices they have to cut more costs.
Let’s get straight to the point — there are too many IT management theories out there.
There are too many software programme delivery methodologies, too many project delivery mechanisms and too many ideas to explain how technical management should oversee the production of everything from base level software code to higher level user interfaces in the face of customer requirements.
As the bestselling coauthor of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, I'm often asked to break down what emotional intelligence is and why it's so important. Here goes... Emotional Intelligence Is the Other Kind of Smart.
Target this year will be testing a new layout for the electronics section of its stores at more than a dozen locations across the U.S. in hopes that the redesign will boost its sales of tech products.
Lindsay Letham's insight:
With Target's business strategy being based on differentiation, selling fashionable, cheap items. Target wants customers to think they are different from competitors, now Target is redesigning their electronics in hopes to pump sells and they are getting their marketing idea from Apple.
How Has Movie Marketing And Distribution Evolved Over Time? Forbes The way movies are marketed is changing, has been changing at an alarmingly rapid pace over the past 3 years, and is due for major paradigm shift in the near future.
New grant money will assist the government agency in so-called observational research into how social influences play a role in shaping health behaviors.
College students may want to rethink posting that photo of themselves drinking because the National Institutes of Health (NIH) could soon be reviewing it. The NIH has committed $5 million to “mine” Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in order to assess the population’s alcohol and drug use, as well as provide “social media-based interventions aimed at altering behaviors.” The funding comes in the form of two matching grants.
Because nearly 80 percent of adults use some form of social media, the NIH believes it’s an invaluable resource to understand the risk factors, behaviors, and attitudes associated with both drug abuse and addiction. “Social influences play a key role in shaping health behaviors,” said the NIH in a statement. Consequently, social media are increasingly affecting people’s everyday behaviors, including their attitudes to issues relevant to health. In this context, behavioral scientists have the unprecedented opportunity to observe and systemically analyze the interactions occurring in social media in studies that may contribute to the goal of improving public health.”
The two primary investigative areas for the NIH project will be “observational research” and online interventions. The collected data will also be used for other studies involving underage drinking and the recent legal marijuana laws passed in Colorado and Washington.
The NIH begins accepting grant applications next month for $200,000 to $400,000 worth of fundingannually on projects that last between two to three years, but only 12-14 grant applications will be approved. The federal government is also continuing to provide smaller grants for this specialty, recently giving $30,000 via the National Library of Medicine to learn how tweets can be used as “change-agents” for health behavior.
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