In the 2015 Global Innovation 1000 study, Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting business, analyzed the flows of R&D spending among companies and countries worldwide. We found that the geographic footprint of innovation has expanded dramatically in the years since our 2008 study, when we first charted the globalization of R&D. The new landscape reflects significant regional shifts, as more companies pursue innovation programs abroad in search of access to top talent and high-growth market.
Couple of the many interesting trends in the report – R&D investment has shifted sharply away from Europe and Asia, and the Auto Industry is going through a phase of significant R&D and innovation
As football season winds down and basketball season heats up, excellent article in Popular Mechanics about the ladies on the sidelines who are not just attractive – they are cheerleaders for science. Founded by Darlene Cavalier, a former cheerleader for the 76ers, the group consists of current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders pursuing science and technology careers. They are surgeons, chemical engineers, architects, and have many other STEM careers in their day jobs
What does the future hold for the franchise world? Every December we like to make predictions for which categories will lead the way in the year ahead. Our 10 picks for 2016 range from practical services like outdoor pest control and property management to personal indulgences like baked goods. Some, like fitness and children’s enrichment, are well-established but still-growing industries, while others, like salon suites, are newer ideas just coming into their own.
10Best involves more than drawing up lists of our sub-$80,000 favorites. Every year we enter our weeklong evaluation looking for new and improved combinations of virtues: value and engagement, performance and poise, sights and sounds, soul and character. The cars that earn this award do more than merely succeed on one or two criteria; they come to us fully formed, polished, complete. But how do they get that way? This year we delve deeper into our winners’ makings to better explain why they won. Who builds and develops these cars? Where? How do they go about it? What is a 10Bester truly made of? There are, of course, varied answers because cars are not simple things. You do not buy them on Etsy, and we’re not running a Maker Faire here. Automobiles are still the most complex and technologically advanced consumer products that man has ever devised.
“It is not predetermined whether the next decade will see the United States in retreat or fully engaged in the world. Our history may provide Likely pathways, and our relative economic strength may determine what will be possible, but our Leaders, with public support, will. decide ultimately what the 21st century will bring.
Think tank experts are not fortune-tellers or weathermen. They are not in the prediction business. But they do seek to anticipate and explain occurrences based on an expert’s eye for discerning the signal through the noise. There is a Lot of noise in an election year. We hope the short essays in this volume will help you to keep focused on what will matter most to America’s and the world's security and prosperity in the years ahead.”
Every December for the past 27 years, the editors of Popular Science have sought out the products and technologies poised to change our world. The advances can be simple—say, an unhackable phone or invisible duct tape. Or they can be profound: Imagine bionic arms dexterous enough to use chopsticks. Regardless of their scope, every one of our 100 honorees is nothing short of extraordinary.
The fun facts on the family cruise last week were eye popping. The Vision of the Seas staff is estimated to have served 15,000 eggs, over 700 gallons of ice-cream, 15,000 bottles of beer, over 2,000 lbs of shrimp and of course bunches of vegetables, toast and other food and drink. How do they keep them segregated to avoid cross-contamination, how do they handle needs of patrons with gluten free, vegetarian and other needs? The 2,400 guests and over 750 crew ran through 165,000 gallons of water in a day at sea. How do they produce that much potable water? At top speed, the ship sipped through 40,000 gallons of fuel a day. Do they "slow steam" like so many freighters have been doing the last few years? How do they schedule the crew to have 24x7 coverage in most areas?
Then there so many questions about the waste - food, packaging, polluted water and fuel. Royal Caribbean’s "Save the Waves" sustainability program mandates "Nothing may be thrown overboard. Nothing." and " Reduce the generation of waste material, reuse and recycle wherever possible, and properly dispose of remaining wastes."
So, I was excited to get a behind the scenes tour of the bridge, pantry, recycling and other “off limits” areas of the ship. On Christmas Day, no less – thanks to a geeky Santa
The highlight, of course, was the bridge where Captain Marek Slaby showed us all kinds of navigation, sonar and other gear.
The nearest ship in the seas? One click showed us object 543 was the tanker, Marinex headed to Sines, Portugal and expected there on January 6.
Light a cigar in your room? A no-no which prints your cabin number right behind the captain.
How many engines are we running at now? The engine control room showed us all the displays and video streams they monitor
How close have you come to a hurricane? Do you have to pick up stowaways at sea? How much bigger is the bridge of the newer RCCL ships? Why are you always at least 12 miles away from the shore? He answered those and many other questions.
But just as interesting were the pantries and kitchens – the sheer scale of the operation and the processes came through. Vegetables in storage rooms at 40 degrees F, meats in much cooler storage. Giant vats of soup. Process charts for everything. The segregation of kitchens - for the Windjammer café buffet, for the specialty restaurants like the Izumi sushi bar, the room service all have separate storage and preparation areas.
The recycling of cartons, glass, cans was just as impressive to see.
On the digital navigation maps on the bridge, I had noticed markings of drilling rigs across the Florida coastline. A couple of hours after the tour, we saw a boat towing this rig across our path. I wished I could have accessed the Captain's equipment to tell what it was and where it was headed.
Actually, the Vision is one of RCCL’s smaller, older ships. It made me want to lobby for a similar tour on one of its newer ships.
Through the end of the year, this blog will carry several "best of 2015" posts, starting today with Fortune's honor of several businesspersons including Francisco D'Souza, CEO of Cognizant
To compile this year’s Businessperson of the Year list, we weighed 10 metrics. Financial results, including 12-month and 36-month increases in profits and revenue, formed the backbone of our analysis. (We wanted to identify companies that shone in the past year but eliminate any flashes in the pan who had a single good year after a slump.) We also weighed each company’s stock performance and total shareholder returns over the same periods and factored in each’s ratio of debt to capital. Nonfinancial elements, like business influence, leadership style, and strategic initiatives, played a part in our evaluation as well.