What’s so BIG about Big Data?

  While you may be very proud of it – that really large spreadsheet you’ve been tending to doesn’t quite constitute big data: the term refers to datasets that are so large that they become tricky for standard analytical software Read More…

Why Lean doesn’t have to be Mean

Does streamlining of resources threaten quality in an environment where the customer is king? Critics of the application of lean management techniques to the delivery of services often say that focussing on efficient processes goes against the concept of delivering Read More…

New Year’s Resolutions for Managers

It’s that time of year when ambitious lists of resolutions get made – and while these usually include the standard roll-over of not quite achieved health and lifestyle commitments from last year –  January can be a good time to Read More…

The 3 Reasons Managers May be Firefighting

Our latest research shows that firms are still sidestepping established management practices in favour of quick-fix solutions.  Why? Often in times of increased pressure, good management practices are sacrificed at the operational level as managers struggle to meet short-term operational Read More…

Experienced Managers Still in Demand

Our ongoing conversations with organisations have revealed that, despite the decline in employment and diminished job opportunities in most segments of the Irish labour market, many companies are finding it difficult to find managers with the requisite skills. Over half Read More…

Closing the Management Gap in Ireland

The Irish Management Institute report Closing the Gap published at the end of 2010 found that a “long tail” of companies with poor management practices is damaging Ireland’s competitiveness. Research carried out internationally and in Ireland in 2009 by the Read More…