Innovation is crucial to get ahead

Stewart Dellar, BlueScope Butler China's president for building solutions Asia, says a clear understanding of market opportunities, and an organisation's internal, external and competitive environments are crucial to tapping into opportunities in business innovation on

Friday, 28 October, 2011, 12:00am

Patent system in need of update

Hong Kong faces a steep learning curve when it comes to nurturing creativity and innovation. We have the talent, but have lagged behind in developing it. Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa recognised this shortly after the 1997 handover, seeing a need to broaden our city's economic strength beyond the finance, services and tourism sectors.

20 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Innovate to grow, mainland is told

Despite the mainland's rapid economic growth, it is still wrestling with the challenge of unleashing innovation from its workforce, according to former General Electric chief executive Jack Welch.

10 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Turning ideas into reality

Four years ago, after Tom Ravenscroft graduated from Oxford University with a business degree, he decided to take a two-year teacher training course in England. 'I wasn't sure what to do yet and I'd always wanted to try teaching,' says the 25-year-old Londoner.

6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Recycling ideas

The recently opened high-speed rail route between Beijing and Shanghai, said to be the longest and the fastest in the world, has drawn attention to innovation in China. The popular myth is that Chinese companies largely remain in the bottom pit of the global supply chain that affords them scant resources for groundbreaking research and development.

23 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Innovators prepare to tap new markets

The grand award winners in the Hong Kong Awards for Industries 2011 recognise the importance of innovation as an integral part of their development of new business.

1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Can the US stay on top?

Is the US finished as an economic superpower, or merely on an increasingly slippery slope towards its demise? It is a question that is no longer confined to academic circles, but increasingly preoccupying business executives and political leaders.

14 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

The key to sustainable living

As one of the world's leading consumer products companies, Procter & Gamble (P&G) has a lot to be proud of. Besides having improved the lives of millions of consumers worldwide with its products for more than 170 years, it has been a pioneer in sustainable development and is dedicated to making sustainable living the foundation of the company's core principles.

14 May 2011 - 12:00am

The father of inventions

The phrase 'the real McCoy' means something that is the real thing, not an imitation. There are many ideas about where this phrase came from - one is that it was used to describe an invention made by Canadian-American Elijah McCoy. The device, a cup which delivered oil to a moving engine, was so good many people copied it.

4 May 2011 - 12:00am

Inspired to show way to a better life

Make a Difference (MaD) brings together an exciting line-up of international change-makers and young people to Hong Kong every year. MaD inspires youngsters through talks and workshops on creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation and discovery.

26 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Tear up the business rule book

In any business, whatever the size or structure, it is easy to get locked into accepted rhythms and rituals almost unquestioningly. There are, for example, the weekly sales meetings that drag on for hours, the planning sessions to plot years ahead and the mission statements about 'living our values'.

22 May 2010 - 12:00am

Procurement rules a worry for Locke

Proposed mainland policies designed to favour domestic over foreign firms in government procurement contracts are a key concern for US Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, who travels to Shanghai today with a clean-energy trade mission.

18 May 2010 - 12:00am

Human spirit the key

Climate change, endangered animals, pollution, melting sea ice, smog, disappearing forests ... It's easy to let all these things get us down. It's sad to see how humans are knowingly damaging the earth. We know what we need to do to protect the environment, yet often these issues get pushed aside for profits, convenience and political reasons.

29 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Carnival showcases innovation

An annual technology carnival showcases young people's inventions, including student-made robots and models based on China's space equipment, such as a 29-metre life-size model of the Long March 2F rocket.

5 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

The wisdom to know when not to interfere

Talent is the key to success in a knowledge-based economy. So says Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen in an opinion piece published on this page on Monday. He may be right but he leaves us with some difficulty in deciphering exactly what his self-coined aphorism means.

26 Jun 2009 - 12:00am