Archives for November 8th, 2000

THE RE-ENGINEERING REVOLUTION

Book News, PublicNet: 8 November, 2000

By David Knights and Hugh WilmottThe book contains 9 papers that usefully review the management significance of the practice and trend of ‘re-engineering’. It is a particularly valuable read for all those thinking about embarking on re-engineering programmes, especially as the success rate for such programmes appears to be about 30%.

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TAGGING GOODS TO FIGHT CRIME

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 November, 2000

Following the successful tagging of prisoners on parole, the idea is being extended to goods to reduce property crime. Companies are being invited to bid for a slice of the 4.5 million pound budget to develop marking and tracking systems based on electronic data tags.By building chips into goods such as videos, hi-fi, computers and car radios at manufacture it will be possible to establish whether the goods have been stolen. The chips will also provide proof of ownership of goods in order to confirm for example that they are genuine and not counterfeit. Chips will also reveal an audit trail to show where goods have been, and who was involved in handling them during their life cycle.

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GETTING A BETTER DEAL FROM EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 November, 2000

Parents, teachers, employers and others are being given the opportunity to say what they want from educational research. The National Educational Research Forum, an independent group set up in 1999 to provide strategic direction for educational research nationally, has published a draft strategy for consultation.Educational research has a poor image. Key customers frequently see it as irrelevant. Many people are concerned that research has been driven by commercial gain or distorted by a Government agenda. The result is uncertainty about what to believe.

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