Thinking and Working Individually Can Create a Team of Corporate Innovators

Teamwork, Change, Ideas, Innovation

Ideas inspire change and innovation. How are you encouraging your team to make a quantum leap and share individual ideas that can become a company-wide team championship? Talk about a win-win situation.


Paper and Pulp Market In-Depth Analysis by Opportunities, Challenges, Key Market Segments & Forecast for 5 years

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By Nidhi Bhawsar | The Newsman

HTF MI recently broadcasted a new study in its database that highlights the in-depth market analysis with future prospects of Paper and Pulp market. The study covers significant data which makes the research document a handy resource for managers, industry executives and other key people get ready-to-access and self-analyzed study along with graphs and tables to help understand market trends, drivers and market challenges. Some of the key players mentioned in this research are Stora Enso (FI), Fibria (BR), RGE (SG), Sappi (ZA), UMP (FI), ARAUCO (CL), CMPC (CL), APP (SG), Metsa Fibre (FI), Suzano (BR), IP (US), Resolute (CA), Ilim (RU), Sdra Cell (SE), Domtar (US), Nippon Paper (JP), Mercer (CA), Eldorado (BR), Cenibra (BR), Oji Paper (JP), Ence (ES), Canfor (CA), West Fraser (CA), SCA (SE), Chenming (CN), Sun Paper (CN), Yueyang (CN), Yongfeng (CN) & Huatai (CN).

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The research covers the current market size of the United States Paper and Pulp market and its growth rates based on 5 year history data. It also covers various types of segmentation such as by geography [The West, Southwest, The Middle Atlantic, New England, The South & The Midwest], by product /end user type [Bleached Softwood Kraft Pulp (BSK), Birch Hardwood Kraft Pulp (BHK) & High Yield Pulp (HYP)], by applications [Printing and Writing Paper, Tissue Paper & Other] in overall market. The in-depth information by segments of Paper and Pulp market helps monitor performance & make critical decisions for growth and profitability. It provides information on trends and developments, focuses on markets and materials, capacities, technologies, CAPEX cycle and the changing structure of the United States Paper and Pulp Market.

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This study also contains company profiling, product picture and specifications, sales, market share and contact information of various international, regional, and local vendors of United States Paper and Pulp Market, some of them are Stora Enso (FI), Fibria (BR), RGE (SG), Sappi (ZA), UMP (FI), ARAUCO (CL), CMPC (CL), APP (SG), Metsa Fibre (FI), Suzano (BR), IP (US), Resolute (CA), Ilim (RU), Sdra Cell (SE), Domtar (US), Nippon Paper (JP), Mercer (CA), Eldorado (BR), Cenibra (BR), Oji Paper (JP), Ence (ES), Canfor (CA), West Fraser (CA), SCA (SE), Chenming (CN), Sun Paper (CN), Yueyang (CN), Yongfeng (CN) & Huatai (CN). The market competition is constantly growing higher with the rise in technological innovation and M&A activities in the industry. Moreover, many local and regional vendors are offering specific application products for varied end-users. The new vendor entrants in the market are finding it hard to compete with the international vendors based on quality, reliability, and innovations in technology.

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Overcoming innovation challenges

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For the travel insurance industry, sometimes the development of products and their delivery can seem to be happening at a slower pace than in other industries. ITIJ investigates the challenges insurers have to overcome when trying to bring a new product to market
Speaking to industry experts, it seems that the primary challenges faced by insurers depend on where in the world a company operates. For US-based insurance firms, the complex regulatory environment can cause no end of headaches, although there are ways and means of mitigating the issues that being regulated in 51 states causes. For European companies, meanwhile, the problem of legacy IT systems was mentioned by more than one contributor.
Rules and regs
Carolyn Leckie, Director of Marketing for US-based travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth, believes that the state-level regulation environment in the US serves as a limiting factor when it comes to innovation in the industry, saying that ‘it restricts new coverages’. This sentiment is echoed by Robert Gallagher, Senior Vice-Present and Chief Operating Officer of AIG Travel in the US, who told ITIJ: “The time it takes to get new products and rates filed can be lengthy. While the role of the regulator in protecting the consumer is an important part of the process and one that we endorse, it can extend the time it takes to get from product and service development to availability on the market.”
The path to regulatory approval can be a bumpy one, but there are ways and means to fill the potholes on the way. For Squaremouth, the answer lies in having the right partner. Leckie said: “Finding the right underwriter is key. Our underwriter, Berkshire Hathaway, is proactive, listened to our needs and assisted us. The research they’ve conducted
The state-level regulation environment in the US serves as a limiting factor when it comes to innovation in the industry
helps us determine what is important to customers and allowed us to tailor our new products based on these needs.”
Bringing a new product to market is an expensive business, and even for global insurers the issue of prioritisation of resources is a key consideration when it comes to innovation. Chris Price, Head of Travel Insurance in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Zurich, told ITIJ that a company as large as Zurich has many competing initiatives, some of which fall under the banner of ‘company strategy’ and others that are just good ideas. “The skill,” he said, “is balancing these imperatives for as smooth a process as possible.” IT is one of a number of resource-heavy issues that must be considered when it comes to product – and indeed company –  progression, a concern echoed by Rafael Senen Garcia, Chief Executive Officer of Coverontrip, a new digital insurer in Spain, who is well-versed in the challenges faced when bringing a new product and company to the marketplace. The IT legacy is an issue he faced in particular, as his new business process required the design of new software. Among the other challenges he cited were distrust, immobility, fear, being outside of your comfort zone, vanity, insecurity, and mediocrity. An intimidating list, to be sure. “In order for your innovative product to reach safe port,” he said, “you need co-operation and collaboration within your organisation.”
The issue of regulation, however, is not considered to be overly burdensome by Garcia – as long as products are compliant in the first place. The real question, he said, is momentum of the marketplace itself. How does an insurer know the exact right points, to launch their new product? Is it too soon, too late, are the customers really demanding this from their service provider? “But these questions are not actually obstacles,” he opined. “They are part of the nature of the innovation process.”
Another problem faced by the insurance industry is historic – with huge amounts of knowledge and expertise on the table, sometimes it can be difficult to take a fresh approach to a problem, said Paul Firkins, Hood Group’s Sales and…Continue reading


Do You Have a Team of Avengers?

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We are familiar with the popularity of The Avengers, a comic book series of fictional superheroes published by Marvel Comics. Each character possesses special covert powers and abilities to fight evil forces and save humanity. Yet, there is a takeaway from the storylines of The Avenger series that you can apply to the business operations of your company.

As you examine each member of your team do you take the time to access the scope of talents and abilities each person brings to your business? If you have not closely examined your employee’s specialty niches, then you are wasting valuable talent and shortchanging your company’s growth potential.

Do you have a member of your team who is like the Black Panther (T’Challa) a brilliant tactician, strategist, scientist, and tracker? Or an Ironman (Tony Stark) a genius level intellect who can invent a wide range of sophisticated specialized devices? Or perhaps you have a Black Widow, who is an expert spy knowing what the competition is planning and has devised a plan on how to penetrate the competition’s weakest link?

If you think about a sports team for a minute, you can clearly see that in football everyone cannot be the quarterback or kicker. In basketball, everyone cannot be a point guard or center. In motorsports, everyone cannot be a pit crew chief or racecar driver. Each member of a team has a specialized talent and sometimes leaders fail to identify the value of an individual attribute to the team’s overall success. How would you equip these individuals with the tools, training, and education needed to take your company to the top? Perhaps you can take something from the playbook of The Avengers to teach you how.

Who decides the future of artificial intelligence? Young people (if we support them)

Artificial Intelligence, Emerging Trends, Youth

By Maria Axente, PwC AI Programme Driver & AI for Good Lead, with input from Jonnie Penn, University of Cambridge and MIT

Today, young people are in pole position to steer the best possible future of the development of artificial intelligence (AI).

As Douglas Adams famously said: “Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.”

The next generation is coming of age as the most exciting chapter in the development of AI is written. And there is a huge opportunity for organisations to harness the power of this younger generation to play a guiding role in how this technology is used and develops.

This would seem especially true as millennials are often seen as digital natives, having grown up with technology. However, as Jonnie Penn, an AI researcher at the University of Cambridge and MIT, points out: “We know now that what is true offline is true online as well: not all young people receive equal access to training or opportunity. The countries that invest to rectify this imbalance will benefit most from the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which will be shaped by many voices.”

As a teenager, Penn co-founded The Buried Life, a successful media startup in North America that empowers millions of young people worldwide to find purpose in their life. Making sure that all young people have access to technology and therefore have a voice and platform to discuss how it develops is vital.

Change at an unprecedented pace

This is particularly important as the world of work is experiencing a huge amount of change at an unprecedented pace, with disruptive innovations like robotics, gig economy services or collaborative commerce putting traditional jobs at risk.

PwC analysis suggests that the biggest perceived driver of change to work is technological innovation.

“The future is bright for young people in AI, as long as they’re given a seat at the table.” – Jonnie Penn

Education systems have so far struggled to cope with these rapid changes in skills structure and alternative forms of education currently lack in…continue reading

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When the Stars Align: A New Constellation of Innovation

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By Samantha Becker and Seth Greenberg | EdSurge

Innovation is happening all over higher education today—but it is happening in islands, pockets and clusters. Around the country it’s happening at large four-year public institutions like Arizona State University and small two-year colleges like Wayfinding Academy in Oregon. On campuses, it’s happening in the Office of the President, where grand visions find their footing, and in the office of an instructional designer, who may be helping a faculty member create their first course integrating VR content. Each of these institutions are home to optimistic changemakers: people who are passionate about supporting engaging, relevant learning experiences that are accessible and affordable to all.

But who are these people?

At the end of April, about 130 of these “dreamers, doers, and drivers” gathered for an unconference at Arizona State University’s research center, EdPlus, under the umbrella idea of Shaping the Future of Learning in the Digital Age. The event was brainchild of ASU’s new CIO, Lev Gonick, and co-convened by 13 institutions and organizations, and included representatives from industry as sponsors and thought partners. The backdrop of ASU was a fitting one; Edplus represents arguably the largest innovation hub at any higher ed institution and the university more broadly has been recognized as the most innovative school in the country by US News and World Report, in part for leading the charge for more accessible, affordable education.

The format of the event is worth reflecting on. Intimate events for increased information sharing, network-building, and cross-campus collaboration are becoming more popular. And the unconference format enables participants to engage with major themes—and each other—in ways that deeply resonate with them.

Even in a space where everyone was bound to have their own institutional and personal agendas, we saw several themes emerge, some of which become became fodder for “neighborhood” action-oriented discussions.

1: Innovation in the Neighborhoods

As participants leveraged the power of ideation and design thinking, along with a helpful tool called Ideation360, here are a few of the ideas that bubbled to the top:

  • How to foster personalized learning environments (PLEs):
  • Understanding the implications and use cases of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality VR) — categorized as extended reality (XR), along with artificial intelligence (AI);
  • More effective understanding of how to use data and analytics to measure learning and drive decision-making;
  • Applying micro-credentials to recognize all forms of learning;
  • How to nurture the next generation of diverse, university leaders
  • Rise of new organizational models for collaboration

Each of these topics shared more questions than answers. A collection of popular tweets represents…Continue Reading

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The most dangerous stage in self-driving innovation

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Self-driving cars will probably save a lot of lives in the future. But right now, the tech is new, and most of it requires human intervention. Experts refer to several levels, 1 through 5, of automation in cars. A 5th level car would have no steering wheel or gas pedal. Several cars on the market now fit into the middle category; requiring human intervention with some autonomous features. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood spoke with Missy Cummings, director of the Humans and Autonomy Lab at Duke University, about the risks of having humans only partly in control. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Missy Cummings: Well I think that one of the problems with these levels are that they seem linear and that we should go in order: No. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. But the reality is there are really two different paths. There’s the 1, 2, 3 path, and then there’s the 1, 2, 4, 5 path. And the reason that this is an issue is because level 3 which is where the automation is partially capable but not fully capable, and we have to have that in the cases where the cars can’t perform under all conditions, then the car hands over control back to the human. And this is the deadliest phase. In fact, I’m pretty much against level 3. I don’t think it should exist at all. Because one thing I know as a former fighter pilot is having a human step inside the control loop at the last possible minute is a guaranteed disaster.

Molly Wood: And yet we see car makers going there. In fact, I think we arguably see Tesla pushing that on consumers. Does it make drivers part of a living R&D lab on city streets?

Cummings: Well I think there are two issues here. No. 1, should we have…Continue Reading

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